by Katherine Kingston

July 2002
ISBN: 1-84360-019-6
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This story is truly an “out of the frying pan and into the fire” kind of tale! Poor Lady Rosalind Hamilton is in a dungeon, incarcerated there by the vicious Sir William de Railles after he brutally murdered her parents. She refused his advances and ended up filthy, cold, hungry and alone, awaiting certain death in this dismal cell.

So when she hears an escape taking place, she calls for help, and amazingly enough is rescued by handsome (and unfortunately poor) Lord Jeoffrey Blaisdell. Of course, Rosalind cleans up rather nicely, and before you can say “romance rules” she’s paying off her debt to him in a very horizontal way. The passion that develops between them is fiery and sensual, although it seems as though it is ill-fated.

What takes this romance and lifts it to an unusual level of intensity is Jeoffrey Blaisdell himself. For reasons that would probably keep a psychiatrist happy for years trying to figure out, Jeoff is into punishment. In fact, he often seems like a cross between a romance hero and a puritan! He feels the burden of his duty lying heavily on his shoulders and weighs the evidence fairly before making his decision. But if, as in Rosalind’s case, the defendant is guilty, then whip up those skirts and present that butt for a beating.

This is another interesting addition to the Ellora’s Cave titles, and I enjoyed reading it, although didn’t find it as exciting a read as some others, probably because such punishments are not my cup of tea. But the characterizations are excellent, Rosalind is the perfect romance heroine, and the story itself is satisfying enough to hold anyone’s interest, even those of us who haven’t been spanked lately!

Reviewed in August 2002 by Pam.

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