"Engaging erotic Victorian romance"

In 1875 Lord Althorp warns Lavinia Vance that her daughter and his son will wed in one month or he will bare their former love affair to the Ton. An agitated Lavinia has failed to bring Ernest and Merry together and has no idea what is left to do.

When Merry rejects Ernest again, her parents give her one- week to change her mind or lose her beloved horses and her elderly loyal maid. On her way home, someone accosts Merry. Portrait artist Nicolas Craven having just completed a painting of Merry's father rescues her. She tells him her name is Mary Colfax before leaving him. Merry informs her parents she will visit her best friend in Wales while deciding whether to marry Ernest. However, she actually plans to become Nic's model so that her reputation is ruined and she will not have to marry anyone. Nic agrees and as he works on her portrait they both deny they are in love. Besides which, once he learns who she really is, Molly knows he will never forgive her deception.

This erotic Victorian romance is at its best when the plot focuses on the lead characters' troubles that in turn vividly bring the era to life. However, the explicit sex scenes seem included more as shock treatment than as erotic elements spicing up an engaging tale. BEYOND SEDUCTION is for those readers who want a triple X historical as Emma Holly, known for her torrid tales, treats her readers to an equatorial heated romance.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002


Merry Vance has made it clear she has no interest in marriage, but that hasn't stopped her long-suffering suitor from proposing, or her parents from getting more furious each time she refuses. Merry is forced to concoct a scandalous solution: to pose nude for Nicolas Craven, famous artist and infamous libertine.

But Nicolas has his own plans for the spirited young woman. In Merry's plain face, he sees uncommon beauty. In her soft eyes, he sees sparks ready to burst into flame. And, best of all, he's certain the masterpiece she helps him to create will tantalize the ton . . .

Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian, Sensual


Beyond Seduction
by Emma Holly

Berkley Pub Group
May 1, 2002
Available: May 28, 2002
ISBN #0515133086
EAN #9780515133080
304 pages
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