What To Read Wednesday is a weekly feature at Fiction Vixen. Each Wednesday one of the Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they’ve recently read that they think you need to read too. This week, Angela recommends:
The Corrupt Comte by Edie Harris
My first read by Edie Harris was historical western romance named Wild Burn, which I read earlier this year. It was such a wonderful story that I was reminded how much I enjoy a well written, sexy western. Ever since then I’ve been stalking her Goodreads page in anticipation of her next release. When The Corrupt Comte came up for review I snapped it up and couldn’t wait to see if she would wow me again.
Claudia is in France with her parents, hoping that if she can find a man of her choosing she can escape the fate her parents have planned for her. She’s never been touched or held with affection and has had a stutter since childhood that has kept her apart from her peers. Gaspard is a man who was abused as a young soldier by his commanding officer and later on went into service for the Duke of Evoque as a spy. He’s known as a molly, a man who desires other man sexually. He’s played this role so well and for so long that no one realizes that his tastes actually lie elsewhere.
When he meets Claudia he at first sees a way to save his well earned, but financially desperate estate and title. But when they begin their intimate relationship their passion quickly starts to burn out of control. From the very first meeting all the way to their HEA I was engrossed with the sensuality of this couple. This wallflower who is desperate for affection and her spy who hasn’t ever has the opportunity to openly show his lust for a woman fall deeply into a passionate love affair that soon takes over their lives.
I had a few issues with how the plot thread with the villain wrapped up and with decisions this couple makes in the end regarding their public versus private lives, but overall I was absolutely blown away by the sheer sexiness of this romance. There is one scene toward the end where Gaspard finally is able to declare his feelings that is one of the best I’ve read in a historical in quite awhile. Romantic, but at the same time smoking hot. Ms. Harris is a talented author who can write one hell of a passionate love story, I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.
“Come,” he snarled into her neck, fingers sliding, thumb flying. “Come all over me, bebe.”
The string inside snapped, waves of molten heat rolling in on her as she shuddered beneath him. Her throat closed around damning words of love and adoration, even as every inch of her body rejoiced in the certain knowledge that yes, she was his. Yes, yes, yes and more yes, because her toes curled and her heart beat madly against her ribs and she wanted to feel this way –with him and only him– every single day for the rest of her life.