Series: The Ladies' Sewing Circle #5
Published by Mills & Boon on October 1, 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Erotica
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WARNING: This book contains sensitive material such as sexual content, abuse, and/or violence.
Society already believes she's a scarlet woman.
Why not become one?
Posing nude to appease her now ex-fiancé perhaps wasn’t the most prudent idea Beatrice Weatherly has ever had. With the photographs scrutinized by both high society and low, and her brother running them into debt, Beatrice’s hopes of making a respectable marriage are dashed.
After one glance at Beatrice’s infamous racy cabinet cards, wealthy, powerful Edmund Ellsworth Ritchie is soon obsessed with Beatrice’s voluptuous figure. His indecent proposal—one month of hedonistic servitude in exchange for enough money to pay her brother’s debts—is one she can hardly refuse.
Determined not to let the rogue best her, Beatrice sets out for the infamous House of Madame Chamfleur to learn how to appease Edmund’s well-known sexual appetite. Soon the couple is playing out exquisite fantasies . . . and feeling emotion that goes deeper than flesh. But Edmund harbors a shocking secret, and Beatrice must decide if she’s prepared to give up everything for a man who can offer her nothing, but who means everything to her.
In the Flesh is a book I won’t hesitate to recommend to the ones who love to lose themselves in the pleasure of the perfect mix of erotica and historical romance. The plot might sound simple but it’s fluid and, thanks to the scandals and, of course, to the characters’ desires, it’s very compelling. Lust and love are both equally strong in this novel, you can feel your toes curl up all the time but still, your heart demands its part, too. Sometimes I felt on the verge of crying and others I simply had the urge to jump in the arms of Edmund Ellsworth Ritchie. Also, let me put it this way, where Ritchie’s fantasises were going wild all the time, mine were possibly going even further . . . Indeed, Da Costa knows how to reach your dark dreams and feed them with the right intensity. In this case with Ritchie and Bea, and why not, even . . . Curious, aren’t you? Pick up the book!
I’ve never read anything by Portia Da Costa before, In the Flesh was my first read of this gorgeous author and it goes without saying that it surely won’t be my last one.