A Taste of Desire
by Beverley Kendall
Lady Amelia Bertram may have a reputation as the most brazen beauty of the ton, but she shocks even herself when she accidentally – and loudly – derides one of society’s most eligible bachelors in the middle of a crowded ballroom. The timing of her faux pas couldn’t be worse, for her father is seeking someone to take her off his hands that very night. But when Thomas Armstrong overhears the so-called “Lady” Amelia slandering his sexual prowess in public, he cannot help but accept the dare implicit in her words. To her father’s great delight, he offers to take her to his secluded country estate – properly chaperoned, of course – to teach the girl a lesson in ladylike behavior.
Amelia and Thomas dance around each other like two fighters circling the ring. Neither is sure what the other will do next. They acted as if they don’t like each other while being intrigued by one another. When Amelia is forced to stay at Thomas’s country home, they continue their well-timed push and pull. As Amelia interacts with Thomas’s family, she learns what it means to be a member of a family something she’s not known in a long time. Thomas sees Amelia as the spoiled daughter of a friend that will never grow up. Weeks go by during which Thomas and Amelia grow closer. They find themselves sexually attracted to each other, but will they find long term happiness?
Beverley Kendall has produced another charming historical with likable characters. Each is a real person on their own. I liked the love/hate relationship between the hero and heroine. Very nicely done.