by Elizabeth Boyle

July 2002
ISBN: 0-380-82089-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Georgiana Escott is desperate to lose her virtue - she's been contracted to marry some old lecher whose only requirement is to have a virgin bride. In a French tart's dress that is twenty years out of fashion, she attends a Cyprian's Ball, looking for a one-night stand.

So when she bumped into Lord Danvers, recently a promising naval captain who has been labeled as a traitor so he can continue his naval career as a government spy, Georgie considered him to be perfect for her purposes. However bad ton Colin had become, Georgie rightly suspected his honorable demeanor… which makes her seduction attempts a bit difficult. If Georgie weren’t thick-skinned and determined, she would have been wounded at rejections that Colin kept throwing her way.

Colin isn’t stupid either. He knew Georgie didn’t belong in the Cyprian’s Ball, virgin or not; and despite his best intentions, Colin succumbs to Georgie’s innocent seduction, not to mention her lush figure. After a passionate night, Colin planned marriage in the morning to his unforgettable virginal Cyprian. But Georgie steals away before he can put any of his plans to action.

A year later, events relating to Georgie’s past and Colin’s work as an agent, brings them together. Colin thought their meeting a trifle convenient… and reluctantly suspects Georgie to be in league with the French to assassinate the famed General Lord Nelson. How can he prove himself wrong to keep the woman he loves? But then again, Georgie is more than able to take care of herself and proves them all wrong!

Georgie is Lucy to Colin’s Ricky! Bent on good intentions, and armed with a mean right hook, she gets herself in more trouble than she ever means to! But as mentioned, she’s more than capable of taking care of herself – although it’s a relief to find that Colin is just as adept of being a hero to Georgie’s damsel-not-so-in-distress.

Colin’s not an idiot – no matter how much trouble Georgie gets herself in, he know he couldn’t find a more courageous partner in life, as well as someone who shares his love of the sea than Georgie. And there’s no better romance to read than when the hero and heroine are well matched, in wit and in bed.

One Night of Passion has the characters, the sensual romance and adventure in the high seas – there’s even that attractive and disgraceful (definitely a rake) cousin of Colin’s, Lord Templeton, who has his own story coming out; one that I’m looking forward to reading. With a plucky heroine and an honorable and dangerous hero, One Night of Passion is a pleasure filled read from beginning to end!

Reviewed in September 2002 by Veronica.

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