In the prologue of Black Silk by Sharon Page, Lady Farthingale is willingly ravished by five men for her aging lover's voyeuristic pleasure. Then she's bound and gagged, and disappears. The mood for the book is set, and readers are prepared for a lusty and intriguing read.
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