Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A Pinch of Naughty
Eleanor Lacey’s husband is as dead as their sexless marriage. While she waits for the law to decide if she’s widowed or divorced, she leaves scandal in Connecticut behind and flees to Texas to begin anew. But she needs money—fast. What better way to earn her grubstake than by cooking meals for the richest rancher in the state?Cyrus Burke works hard for every penny he makes and prides himself on knowing where to cut costs. He doesn’t want a wife cluttering up his life. His housekeepers are good enough—round-the-clock employees tending his sexual appetite too. When Mrs. Lacey applies for the position, she looks like a promising candidate. Delicious in fact, as smooth and creamy as a tasty tart.When Eleanor and Cyrus come together, it’s a recipe for hot love. Take one wickedly willful widow and one arrogantly masterful man, add a dash of decadent desire, a pinch of sizzling naughty, and turn up the fire.
Gem Sivad is one of the queens of "naughty" historicals :) The banter between Cyrus and Eleanor in this book is so much fun, and the heat they produce is scorching. Eleanor is such a spitfire, and poor Cyrus is clueless when it comes to Eleanor's feelings. I cracked up at the going away gift Eleanor left for him (you'll have to read the book to find out what it is!), and couldn't wait to find out how they would find their way back to each other. I loved that Eleanor aspired to open a bakery (one of my favorite occupations in the books I read), and hope that Eleanor's sisters get their own books as they move to Texas to open up her tea shop.