"mixed bag - 2 brilliant tales"
Secrets Vol. 10 is sadly a very mixed bag. Dominique
Sinclair's story is the best - guess that is why it was in
lead position! It's sheer brilliance! It just does not get
any better than her story. Harme does a good turn, showing
fine strength in creating characters you care about, a
story to touch the heart. Both of these writers know what
ROMANCE is and how it's the foundation to a story.
Cesarini is a talent, but this story fails because of the
sad, distasteful premise. Dubois offers debauched as
romance and eroticism, and it's neither.
Dominique Sinclair's novella in Secrets Vol. 10 marks her
as a talent to watch. I said the same thing when Angela
Knight rose through Secrets. I recall reading Knight's
novella, Roarke's Prisoner, and thought WOW, this is a
writer! Well, I just read Sinclair's Private Eyes and I am
again saying WOW, this is a writer. Novella writing is
tough. To craft a story, to bring the characters to life,
in such a short space, is hard to do. But Sinclair does it
and it's simply amazing. Nicolla Black is a private eye
who specializes in catching two-timing husbands in the
act. While on a case, she crosses the path of a dark and
dangerous man, and the connection between them is instant.
Has her cases keeps bringing them into contact, she cannot
resist this man, this sexy stranger, but the surrender is
going to cost her big. This is sizzling; this is talent at
its best. I am eagerly awaiting more material from
Sinclair. This one is a 5 Star story! This story is worth
buying the book for! Shame it cannot be said of some of
The Ruination of Lady Jane by Bonne Harme is a historical.
To keep from being forced into an unwanted marriage Lady
Jane Maitland flees into the arms of Havyn Attercliffe.
She wants him to "ruin" her so her odious fiance will not
want her. It's a delightful tale, of an unloved ugly
duckling turned swan, the rich ward of Hayvn's older
brother. You can see the plot coming a mile down the road,
but Harme's gentle prose, brings alive Lady Jane, makes
you feel her pain. Simply an enchanting tale, rating a 5
Jeanie Cesarini's offering, Code Name: Kiss, deals with a
female Agent named Lily Justiss trying to foil terrorists.
To defend her country she must submit herself as a sex
slave. Her commanding officer, Seth Blackthorn worries
about getting Lily out safely. I am sorry; I had serious
problems with this tale. "I told myself this was practice
for my fantasies about Seth," Lily thinks, while another
man -- a terrorist - is taking her virginity. Sorry, stay
at home and work on it in person, Lily! "Lily's virginity
is a casualty. Unfortunate, yes...," says a woman
overseeing the operation. This is beyond the pale, you are
just asking too much of me to view this as entertainment.
While Cesarini is a talent, and I have enjoyed many of her
other stories, a woman, a virgin, having to be a sex slave
to foil the enemies of her country is just a bit much for
me to stomach. In this time, when Terrorism is an ever-
present danger, using it in this manner for titillation
smacks WRONG. I don't think any country would be proud of
one of their women becoming a sex slave to their enemy.
There is no doubt Cesarini is a good writer, just this
story's premise is all wrong. Sometimes the ends does NOT
justify the means, as the writers stresses over and over.
I look forward to this talented writer doing other works.
When young men are dying overseas in support of their
country, this ugly premise left me cold, this tale left me
so so SAD.
Kathryn Anne Dubois rounds out the four tales with The
Sacrifice, a tale in with Anastasia Bedovier plans on
taking the vow to be a nun in three days. Before she does
this, she wants to experience the pleasures she will deny
the rest of her life. Count Maxwell the infamous "Lord
Pleasure" is the perfect man to assure her wish is
fulfilled. The real sacrifice in this tale is character
development and a true plot. The premise is shaky. The
setting is in Medieval times? - I presume that because she
discusses the setting in a keep with a barbican, but then
confuses the reader by describing the fire as "soft
crackle of sagebrush". Well, get a long little doggie. I
also infer with names like Ian and Duncan Maxwell, this is
Scotland, but Maxwell is called "Count" Maxwell
(repeatedly on every page). This story lacked all romance,
it lacked anything remotely like character development,
characters that moved the story by their force. Dubois
story fails to involve the reader because I didn't know
her characters; I didn't care about them.
Dubois and Cesarini would do well to read Dominique
Sinclair and Angela Knight, see the difference.
Posted August 14, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 14, 2007
When a mystery man captivates private investigator Nicolla Black during a stakeout, she discovers that her no-seduction rule is bending under the pressure of long denied passion. She agrees to an erotic seduction, but he demands her total surrender.
The Ruination of Lady Jane
To avoid her upcoming marriage to a man more than twice her age, Lady Jane Ponsonby-Maitland flees straight into the arms of Havyn Attercliffe. When she begs him to ruin her rather than turn her over to her odious fiancé, he can’t refuse. But when their lust is sated, will the Lady now be willing to wed?
Agent Lily Justiss is on an official mission to defend her country against terrorists—-a mission that requires giving up her virginity as a sex slave. But as her master takes possession of her body, only desire for Seth Blackthorn, her commanding officer, fuels her mind. Now all Seth can think about is Lily’s safety . . . and making her his own.
Kathryn Anne Dubois
Lady Anastasia Bedovier is three days from taking her vows as a Nun. Before she denies her sensuality forever, she wants to experience pleasure. Count Maxwell, the infamous Lord of Pleasure, who is known for his mastery of dark, sexual secrets, is the perfect man to initiate her into erotic delight. But can they forget the intense passion that still inflames them?