Black Silk Paperback – Apr 1 2008
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"* "Strong, character-driven romance...touching and emotional...extremely sensual and erotic." - Romantic Times * "Scorching love scenes to make you sweat and an intriguing plot to hold it all together." - New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Dash meets Maryanne in a house of ill repute that no lady would enter, he assumes she is a courtesan; not the innocent she is. He wants her and lets her know he plans to take her. She wants to flee yet cannot resist his lure.
This is a superb erotic Regency romance in which the audience will agree with the prostitutes that Dash adds that and more to a fine mix. Maryanne is a wonderful counter to Dash as he assumes she is a courtesan and she does not fully correct him. This is a delightful page-turner that will have sub-genre fans seeking the author's other works (see SIN) as Sharon Page heats up the era.
Dashiel (Dash) Blackmore, Lord Swansborough, who readers will remember as the dark and thoroughly debauched viscount from the first book in the series, Sin, is being framed as the mastermind behind Lady F's abduction, as well as a similar case a week prior. He's innocent, so who is framing him and why? Revenge?
Maryanne Hamilton, erotic artist Rodesson's second eldest daughter, is proofreading an erotic manuscript when she receives a desperate plea for help from a friend and business associate who has gone missing. She decides to go to the location specified in her friend's note, despite the considerable personal risks involved, partly because she wants to experience her own exciting adventure. She has no idea what she's really getting herself into.
While searching for her friend, she runs into Lord Swansborough at what turns out to be an erotic scavenger hunt. He thinks she's a doxy hired for the evening's entertainment, and she prays he won't recognize her as his good friend's sister-in-law. He has played a starring role in all her naughty fantasies, and now here he is in the flesh. They're only together for one passion-filled night, but it's enough to make "Verity" (the false name she gives him) pregnant. Of course, once her brother-in-law finds out what has transpired, he insists that Dash marry her. But the marriage is off to a rocky start, made even more difficult by Dash's shadowy past. Betrayal leads them to the face of danger - but whose face is it?
I love how Sharon Page gets right to the good stuff right from the beginning of Black Silk, and somehow manages to do it tastefully and without feeling rushed, forced or contrived. She's a master at intertwining passion, suspense and heartfelt emotions. Her characters are intelligent and likeable. This book is a wild ride from beginning to end with some excellent surprises, and I found myself anxious to read the third book in the series.
5 Kisses, 2 Peppers (m/m/f/m/m, graphic sex)
Reviewer, TwoLips Reviews, LLC
Dash believes Maryanne to be a Cyprian and together they have quite a passion filled night without Dash ever discovering Maryanne's identity or even her name as she had given him a fictitious one.
Dash is a man with many issues but they never detracted from his innate charm. He has a family which is a true albatross, a mentally unstable uncle, an insatiable sister-in-law, a vindictive cousin but a kind sister. Also adding to his troubles, Dash is an unofficial suspect in a string of missing and dead women. He is suspicious of almost everyone as there have been attempts on his life.
When Maryanne and Dash are forced into a wedding, things become even more heated and passionate between them. Dash really wants to trust his wife and she really wants to trust him. Together they slowly lower their emotional walls with each other. The vulnerability is a little more believable on Dash's part than Maryanne's though.
The mystery of the missing women is still hounding Dash and now he must not only worry about his own life but his wife's too. This is a good romance with a lot of passion and a decent mystery.