by Julie Kenner

August 2003
ISBN: 0-373-79102-x
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #98
Mass Market Paperback

Joan Bennett works at Archerís Rare Books & Manuscripts. Left in charge of the bookshop while owner Ronnie Archer goes on a much-delayed honeymoon to Paris and London, Joan is determined to convince Ronnie to make her a partner in the operation by the time she returns. The shop specializes in erotica of the Victorian era. Joan has become fascinated by the era and spends much of her free time dreaming about the things she reads in these books.

Bryce Worthington had come to town to take over another company. After all thatís what his business does. When a business meeting falls through Bryce finds himself with some free time and decides to go for a walk to clear his head. He happens upon a sign in the window of Archerís Books Apartment For Sale. Being intrigued by the great old building he ventures into the store to see if the owner might consider selling the whole building to him. Here he meets Joan and is totally fascinated by her.

Bryce makes plans to meet Joan at his hotel later that evening for dinner. To get her to accept, he plans to buy several books for his ďrare bookĒ collection and tells her to pick them out.

Circumstances arise that leave Bryce having to cancel the dinner plans. He tried to contact her to let her know but only reaches the answering machine at the shop. With some help from her friends Joan is convinced that Bryce who had another date has stood her up. She goes to his hotel and sneaks into his room only to have him return before she can exit. Then as luck would have it a hostage situation traps the two in the penthouse. Whatís the couple to do but get to know each other a little better?

Readers of Ms Kennerís single title release, Silent Confessions in April will remember Joan Bennett from that book. Ms Kenner continues her Victorian era erotica theme in Silent Desires. With her fast moving story lines and steamy erotic scenes Ms. Kenner has become a favorite author for this reader. She continues to create stories that the reader must finish in one setting. The only down side of this is the long wait for the next book.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Barbara.

Read more reviews of Julie Kenner books.Click Here