She had no idea what passion was,
Until she saw them…
Lady Alain needs a husband, and Quintin Wyntor will do just fine.
She will offer him a mutual agreement of respect and independence—
As long as he never visits her bed to claim his marital rights.
But seeing him with a man, with Calder, changes it all.
For better—and for worse.
And yet, she still never wants to touch or be touched.
But Quinn’s heart is shattered when his lover walks away so he decides to explore his feelings for Celeste to ease his broken heart.
In one unchecked moment of passion, mutual need spins out of control and bringing Calder home now may just be impossible.
Will Celeste give in to what Quinn wants for her?
Or will she stand her ground and hope they find another way…
This book is the story of Celeste and has her happily for now.
It is also the beginning of Calder and Quinn’s story which will be continued in THE SPARE AND THE HEIR.
This book is an autochorissexual romance (on the asexual spectrum) but contains important pieces of a gay romance. Both are explicit.
Review: This is not your typical romance where the man and woman fall in love and have a story to their happily ever after. This book takes some twists and turns and is not at all anything that the reader would expect. There is also elements of m/m romance involved in the plot as well. I’m stating this upfront right away not to deter the reader, but because I don’t want the reader buying this book with one expectation and having a completely different one and possibly being disappointed or upset because it’s a twist and totally unexpected.
I was surprised by how erotic this book was and I don’t get surprised very easily. This romance eventually receives its happy ending, but its going to take a while to get there, but I was satisfied with how this book ended and how I felt while reading this book. I felt like the characters got to tell their story and the reader understands the characters better because of the story.
I don’t understand the whole time traveling element within the story, however despite saying that, I think it was so cool that the author put these kickass, forward thinking women within a time period where that kind of behavior is strictly not allowed, and these women are able to flourish and find their way during this era.
Calder and Quinn, their story needs to be told yesterday because these two men burn up the pages as well as the sheets and are just smoking hot men. Calder is alpha male, dominant, and has a take charge persona. Quinn is more docile, gentle, and needs direction in order to make it through life. Despite these qualities, or because of these qualities, he’s the perfect man for Celeste because he won’t demand much from her, and really intuitively understands her feelings and makes her feel safe.
Celeste is a complex character. She’s just starting to understand herself. She’s shy and akward, and just wants to be left alone to pursue her interests and live a quiet life. Underneath all that quiet timidness, there is a woman that she just met in this book. A woman who has some capabilities of passion. I liked how Celeste made her discovery into passion and felt safe while doing it.
This book was hot, it was different, and it was good. If the reader isn’t afraid to discover a new kind of romance, give this book a shot and I hope that you enjoy it.