"Erotic romance aimed for the hard core fan"
In 1898 Bliss River Valley, South Africa, while visitor
Charles Elliot teaches polo, the leader Moreton Estabrook
assigns Georgiana Maitland, daughter of his lover Olivia,
to have sex with the guest. Georgiana sees this as an
opportunity to escape the promiscuous valley that she hates
and join her father in England even if she has not seen or
heard from him in almost two decades. However, though she
is quite good at sex, Charles rejects Georgiana's advances.
Olivia receives a letter from her husband telling her he
filed for divorce after an almost two decade separation.
Moreton decides to steal the man's estate to establish a
brothel there. However, Moreton's wife Lydia recognizes
Charles as her son who was supposed to have died when
Moreton led a deadly raid that freed her from her first
husband. Lydia informs Moreton that Charles is her son.
Moreton and Olivia kill Lydia and blame Charles.
Georgiana knows that her mother and Moreton killed Lydia.
She asks Charles to take her to her father in England if
she helps free him, but insists on traveling sex rules.
They escape the compound while Moreton follows.
BLISS RIVER has an engaging concept of a remote African
town settled by promiscuous English expatriates in which
the pleasures of the flesh rule. However that community
was never explored below the epidermis. Instead a lot of
unnecessary profanity and sex seemingly for shock value
abounds even when the lead characters flee across the
desert with Moreton in pursuit. The African geography also
feels inaccurate. Simply Thea Devine's book is erotic
romance aimed for the hard core fan.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 15, 2002