For years, the Marquis of Vane has hungered for Lady Sarah from afar, watching the beauty brave a disastrous marriage. Then Sarah’s wastrel husband makes Vane an indecent offer—one night with Sarah for ten thousand pounds—and the temptation is almost too great.
When Sarah comes to him, Vane can’t resist making love to her—on his own terms. Nor can Sarah refuse a night of exquisite pleasure with the devastating man who haunts her dreams.
By morning, Sarah’s desire turns to shame and a deep fear of Vane’s power to bind her. Desperate, she does the one thing that will stop him from claiming her as his own—leaving him shattered by her betrayal. But neither she nor Vane dreamed their passionate encounter would set the stage for murder and that a deadly twist of fate could spell a lifetime of regret—or a love to last all time.
|Title:||Wicked Little Game|
|Series:||Unnamed Series (Book 3)|
|Category / Genre(s):||Historical|
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|Release Date:||22nd May, 2009|
Deliciously intense romance
This is the first book I’ve read by Christine Wells and I was gripped from the first page by the intensity and richness of the characters and the storyline.
Despite her seemingly cold nature, Sarah is a character well worth rooting for and one that you can really understand and like. And what’s not to like about Vane? A strong, sexy, brooding man who can’t help but love the woman of his dreams. Together the pair worked well even though the depth of their emotions often had them at odds with one another.
I intensely dislike any infidelity in my romances but in this book it was handled in such away that not only was it not tawdry but you also cheered for Vane and Sarah. As per the blurb, Sarah’s husband offers up his wife to Vane in exchange for money. So even if it’s with consent and knowledge, Sarah’s relationship with Vane is still cheating. Regardless, the pair had such guilt over what had occurred that it didn’t feel sordid at all.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It’s the kind of story that you can’t bear to put down and find yourself promising just one more chapter before you go to bed and waking up early just to read before you start the day. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a deep, interesting romance and personally I can’t wait to read more books by Christine Wells, even hopefully some for Vane’s brothers.
Christine Wells writes historical fiction featuring strong, fascinating women. From early childhood, she drank in her father’s tales about the true stories behind popular nursery rhymes and she has been a keen student of history ever since.
After graduating from university with a law degree, Christine worked in a large city firm, specialising in corporate mergers and acquisitions. She might still be a lawyer if she hadn’t accepted a challenge from her friend to try her hand at a novel. The minute she began to weave that story, she fell in love with writing fiction. She learned that every writer must begin somewhere, that writing novels takes hard work, long hours and much revising, and that publishing success often involves as much luck as it does talent, productivity, and persistence.
Christine loves dogs, running, holidays at the beach, and window-shopping for antiques. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.
Christine also writes under the name Christina Brooke.