by Cheryl Holt

March 2004
ISBN: 0-312-88282-3
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Olivia Hopkins is not having a good time. She is hoping to marry Edward Paxton, Earl of Salisbury, to help her family out of financial ruin and dire straights. To put it bluntly, they are broke and need some type of income or marriage into a wealthy family that will take not only Olivia, but care for her stepmother Margaret, her stepsister Penelope,her aunt Winifred and, if they are lucky as well Helen, Oliviaís niece. Olivia and Edward have nothing in common and it doesnít seem like there will be a wedding between the two of them.

Olivia is a determined person when it comes to things she believes in and family is one of them. She will do almost anything to give them a home even if she doesnít particularly care for all of them. What does one do when not able to sleep? Why, get a book to read of course. That is exactly what Olivia does, but to her amazement it is a book of erotic pictures. While she is looking at the illustrations, she is startled by Phillip and discovers that he resembles the man in the pictures.

Phillip and Olivia are drawn to each other from the moment they meet. Olivia likes to draw erotic pictures as well but has not had the chance to until now. She is inspired to draw but none other than herself and later Phillip. Phillip is hiding a secret that slowly becomes reveiled to Olivia and Olivia knows that no matter what she could not marry Edward, when the love of her life is Phillip.

Deeper Than Desire has so much happening in the story, it is a little frustrating at times. Not only do we have the budding and loving relationship between Olivia and Phillip that seems like it is doomed from the start, but we also have several of the secondary characters with trysts that can and do complicate matters. We canít forget the evil stepmother who has determined that Olivia marry Edward at all cost, no matter who is hurt in the process. We canít forget little Helen and what might happened to her as well but Margaret has already taken care of that much to Olivia and Winifredís surprise.

Deeper Than Desire is the first book by Cheryl Holt that I have read. Even with so many things going on in the story, I still enjoyed it. The story has many secrets, hurt feelings, seduction, sexual tension, and a lot of other feelings and mysteries surrounding the characters in the story. The seduction and sexual tension in the story is hot and not only by one couple but by several that might leave your fingers a little red from the heat.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Pam.

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