My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell

Avon

Historical

ISBN: 978-0061684319

Reviewed by Shayna

   

 

Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, reformist champion, and renowned libertine is used to women desiring him.  What he isn’t used to is one outright propositioning him.  When Diana Carrick boldly enters his home and announces she wants to have an affair with him, Tarquin can’t decide if he’s intrigued or affronted.  Offense might have won out, except that there’s something incongruous about the air of innocence around Diana and her brazen offer.  Though he sends her away at first, Tarquin can’t get his lovely would-be mistress out of his mind.  But as he inevitably heads down the path of temptation towards Diana’s arms, Tarquin knows something is amiss.  Will their passionate liaison lead to love?  Or when Diana’s dark secrets are revealed, will Tarquin’s surrender become his downfall?

Prepare yourself for Anna Campbell’s most sultry, tempting tale yet!  My Reckless Surrender wraps itself around readers like the most sensual of silks, Ms. Campbell’s gorgeous writing a true thing of beauty.  I was captivated from the start by Tarquin.  His rakish pursuits were overshadowed by the intelligence, honesty, and innate goodness of him.  He’s a hero worth dreaming of, and one I all-too-happily fell for.  Diana, in turn, is a woman with a grave secret.  I wouldn’t dream of spoiling what that secret is, but I will say I appreciated the plausibility of it and understood her motives that lead her to Tarquin.  In the hands of a lesser author, Diana’s deception might have threatened to overshadow the romance.  But in Ms. Campbell’s care, I sympathized with Diana.  She has a good heart and a lot of love to give and I yearned to see everything work out between her and Tarquin, for they fit one another perfectly.

Ms. Campbell’s books always take a prized space on my keeper shelf, and My Reckless Surrender is no exception.  It’s an exquisite, romantic read that I look forward to enjoying again and again for years to come.  Joyfully Recommended!

     

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