Title: Grey's Lady (Carte Blanche #1)
Author: Natasha Blackthorne
Source: Own Copy
Genre: Erotic Historical Romance
Release Date: August 8th 2011
Seeking sexual excitement and conquest, poor but beautiful Beth seduces wealthy merchant prince Grey Sexton, only to find herself the pursued as he seeks to own her body and soul.
Flouting the moral standards of Jeffersonian America, temptress Beth McConnell lets no man touch her heart. Her motto is love them once and leave them burning.
But when she boldly seduces Grey Sexton, a self-controlled merchant prince from New York, she finds herself too fascinated by his ice-over-fire nature to stay away. His possessive determination to own her, body and soul, threatens to expose her secret erotic life to public shame.
But Beth will only surrender her love to a man she can trust. And Grey's materialistic approach to relationships leaves her little reason to believe he can ever give her what she truly needs.
For these two cynical yet lonely people, can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts?
My Review -
Grey's Lady is a quick, short read delving into the romance between a successful entrepreneur and a woman who will not allow herself to fall for any man set in early 19th century New England.
I really enjoyed this book and how Beth refused to allow herself to be a man's pawn and decided to make the man a pawn himself. Instead of following her heart she is following her body's needs and never allowed herself to go back to the same man twice, making a man beg for her. Never allowing herself to fall for a man so he could never break her heart and spirit again, this lifestyle works until she meets her match with Grey Sexton (LOL I love that name).
Grey Sexton is a sexy, successful and powerful entrepreneur who is in Philadelphia to obtain investors and while he is at one of his functions Beth zeros in on him to be her next conquest. What occurs next is one very hot and erotic carriage ride that has both of them at a loss of their senses and both feeling emotions that they have both buried. As they agree to meet one more time neither one of them is willing to let down their guard and accept the emotional connection that they have developed between each other.
As the two embark on a very hot and passionate relationship Grey is determined to make Beth his, but at what cost to her. Beth is determined to remain an independent woman and refuses to be a kept woman to be at the beck and call whenever Grey would be in town for business. With neither one willing to let go of their insecurities and allowing themselves to be vulnerable to each other the emotional upheaval is very touching.
This will definitely satisfy historical romance fans who want a little more erotica in their story and a female heroine who isn't going to go down without a fight for what she wants in life and in a man.