by Caroline Linden

August 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7930-3
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Charlotte de Griffolino has assigned herself a simple task. She wants to free her niece from the attentions of a ne'er-do-well. When she walks into an opportunity to do just that, Charlotte is appalled to discover how close Susan came to actually running off with the rogue. Charlotte witnesses firsthand the maneuverings of the man.

Stuart Drake needed money yesterday. The clearest direction to the road of restoring his estate is to marry wealth. It should have been an easy enough task to accomplish. After all, he is still young and handsome, if he did say so himself. His exceptional lineage would only further his chances for winning over the right lady. His target is none other than the young Miss Susan Tratter, Charlotte’s niece.

He would have succeeded had the scrupulous aunt not ruined his chances. Not only with Susan, but also with any young lady of Kent. He’s been ostracized and now every mama of every marriageable daughter hid her sweet little lamb away from the big, bad wolf. Namely, Stuart.

Charlotte is an intelligent woman, desirous and independent as well. When her home is repeatedly pillaged she takes charge and is willing to put aside her personal misgivings about Stuart to listen to his sound advice on securing her property. To her dismay, Charlotte finds herself drawn to Stuart. Lessons from her past hold no power over burgeoning emotions. Her senses seem to go on vacation when it concerns the philanderer Stuart Drake. But what’s a woman to do when her mind says one thing and her body another?

What a Woman Needs by Caroline Linden is a treat for historical romance lovers. This erotic tale is brushed with humor and suspense. True, the story line has been done before, a hero needing to rebuild his fortune. But it is the characters in the story that wield the magic in this tale. There is chemistry between Charlotte and Stuart that sparks with every turn of the page. Caroline Linden’s debut novel is worth the time to read.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Rho.

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