Antonia is being pushed by her family to
marry a man of good standing. Knowing that when she weds her
husband will assume complete control over her money leaves her
cold. Wanting to see the men interested in marrying her up
close and personal, Antonia dresses as Anthony and slowly
infiltrates the clubs as a man. In the time she has been
dressing as a male, only one man has ever looked at her for
the woman she is, Lord Gideon Harcourt.
Since becoming a widower, Gideon has
avoided marriage minded mommas with a passion. Not wanting to
become entangled emotionally with a female, Gideon sates his
sexual needs with willing men. When he sees a striking young
man looking very uneasy in his favorite bordello, Gideon canít
help but talk to him. What he senses and finds out about the
young man makes heart pound. Intrigued beyond anything else,
Gideon wants to get to the bottom of Anthonyís fears.
Antoniaís Bargain is a
stand alone continuation of Gideonís story who was first
introduced in the novel, Edenís Pleasure. While Gideonís
emotional entanglements with women and his perception of them
was often times unclear, I saw through him. Scared to death
of being hurt again, he took the easy way out which was to
avoid the subject of love forever and just enjoy the here and
now. Although quite naughty, he was still lovable enough to
make my heart adore him. Antonia had my attention from the
first time she was introduced in the book. I have to applaud
her gumption for trying her best to investigate the men she
was supposed to be considering for a husband. Her methods
werenít the safest but they were the most gutsy I have seen.
As much as I loved Edenís Pleasure, I
love Antoniaís Bargain more. Kate Pearce has
taken regency romance to a higher level with Antoniaís
Bargain and I have to applaud her ability to explore
taboo subjects while writing a novel of worth and
Antoniaís Bargain is a novel of worth. I loved it.
Please note that while the genre listed
for Antoniaís Bargain is erotic historical,
there are instances of homoerotic love between men and women.