A mistress should never be foolish enough to fall in love with her protector, nor trust him with her financial future. Mariah Desmond did both, and now her dearly departed protector has left her with nothing.
Forced to seek another protector, she’s determined that this time, she’ll lead with her survival instinct—not her heart. But when she attends one of Vivien Manning’s infamous parties, the familiar face of her late lover’s best friend throws her for a loop.
A painful past taught John Rycroft that he’s not fit to be anyone’s knight in shining armor. His soft spot—make that a hard spot—for Mariah is precisely why he’s kept his distance. Yet the sight of her flirting with a bevy of men vying to become her next lover makes something inside him snap.
As John hauls her bodily away from her suitors, Mariah’s indignation melts away in the heat of the sizzling sexual chemistry. She quickly finds it isn’t easy to navigate John’s stormy emotional waters. Especially when his abusive father’s quest to get his son back under his thumb puts her life in danger.
My Review: For Desire Alone is the second book in Jess Michael's The Mistress Matchmaker series. While linked to the first in the series, An Introduction to Pleasure, it's not absolutely necessary to have read the first in order to be completely swept away by this story. From the moment John sweeps Mariah from the ball, their long-suppressed desire and blazing passion for each other is at the forefront of their every interaction...it's such an enjoyable ride to get a glimpse of the naughty happenings going on behind closed doors in spite of the apparent rigid time period.
I was absolutely thrilled to discover the bigger role Vivien Manning plays in this story...and ecstatic to see that her story will be released on March 5, 2013...Her Perfect Match.
I requested an ARC of this book from the author.