Throwback Thursday Review: Seducing the Groom by Cheryl Holt

Seducing the Groom by Cheryl Holt
Release Date: October 30, 2014
Publisher: Book Baby
Pages: 39
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Cheryl Holt celebrates her years as “The Queen of Erotic Romance” with this sexy, yummy, and fun tale of a bride’s seductive antics on her wedding night…

Stephen St. John, Viscount Banbury, is in a bind. His father has cut off his allowance, so he’s had to rein in his decadent habits and split with his beautiful, spoiled mistress whom he can no longer afford. When an American heiress comes to London and dangles her fortune in Stephen’s direction, he sees it as the answer to his prayers. He’ll wed the pretty, delectable heiress, but he won’t let her interfere with his decadent lifestyle. He’s a confirmed bachelor and determined to have a marriage of convenience.

Ellen Foster has traveled to London for the express purpose of buying a titled husband. She’s been husband shopping for months and can’t make up her mind. All the available candidates seem tepid and boring. But when she lays eyes on handsome, dashing Stephen St. John, she knows he’s the one, and with her large fortune as bait, he’s easily snared in her web.

When he suggests a marriage of convenience, she pretends to agree. But she has no intention of living separate lives. She plans to enjoy every delightful, wicked minute that marriage to a rake can provide. With Stephen determined to avoid her, seduction seems the only choice.

Though Stephen doesn’t realize it, Ellen always gets her way, and as she turns their bedchamber into a den of erotic pleasure, poor Stephen doesn’t stand a chance…

 

Review: This is a wickedly delightful, mildly erotic historical romance has lots of romp and circumstance. While this a very, very short story, just barely making it to novella status, it is so much fun to read.

Stephen will not know what hit him when he finds himself married to an heiress he has only met once. With no intention whatsoever of curbing his appetites, he is on his way out for a night  on the town with his friends, yes, on his wedding night of all things, when the beautiful Ellen comes down the stairs for a nightcap. Her dressing gown and her innocent and nonchalant attitude has him sputtering and confused. Maybe he would like to insist upon his marital rights after all.

Ellen is one sharp cookie. While she does wish to marry a man with a title and her heiress status makes that a rather easy task, she does not want a boring marriage. But, Stephen will be a tough nut to crack. He has the worst possible reputation. So how will Ellen seduce her new husband?

If you have read anything by Cheryl Holt in the past you know her reputation as the queen of erotic historical romance. This short story proves the author’s status and gives us a really wonderful story that will have you smiling all the way through while Ellen uses her smarts and Stephen fights the inevitable . Stephen does give Ellen pause a few times but she will have him eating out of her hand in no time. This was a really fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light , spicy hot, historical romance.

 

Julie