I loved this book! I have never read anything before by Jess Michaels (pen name for Jenna Peterson), but I will def...more*This review contains mild spoilers
I loved this book! I have never read anything before by Jess Michaels (pen name for Jenna Peterson), but I will definitely read more. Especially since this is book one of a series, The Albright Sisters.
Miranda Albright, a young girl, and oldest daughter living in the country in England is the voice of reason for her mother and younger sisters. After their father died leaving them penniless, Miranda took upon the responsibility of making sure her family was never homeless. Her mother, was an ridiculous extravagant woman, despite having no money, who only took pleasure constantly harping on every little thing her four daughters did. Miranda, as a younger girl used to spy on the notorious, Lord Eathan Rothschild every summer when he was in the country with his latest lover making love outdoors. He garnered this reputation of being one of the best, but careless lovers in England. Never allowing himself to come to care for a woman, other than for sex.
Miranda had always wanted not just, love but a very passion filled relationship with a man. She had refused several proposals for marriage on the lack of these characteristics and was shunned by society as being a spinster in the making. Her sisters needed to be launched into society to make suitable marriage matches, hopegully relieving their financial burdens as well, sought out Lord Rothschild as an answer to her problems. She made an arrangement with him, as a virgin, that she would become his lover if he would sponsor each of her sisters coming out into society under the guise of owing her deceased father a long ago debt. Miranda didn't do this just for her family, although that was the driving force, she did it because she wanted to discover passion with Ethan, something she believed he could give her after spying on him all those years.
At first, Ethan wanted to dominate, teach, and have absolute control over Miranda. He was like a cat, toying with a canary before he pounced and devoured. Eventually, he lost this total control when he started to develop loving feelings toward Miranda. Convinced that he could never love because of his bloodlines... his father was a heartless adulterer who drove Ethan's mom to drink, then death, lived up to what his father taught him. Have women, lots, and never care for them. If he married, it was for duty's sake and nothing more.
Miranda throughout this affair learned what intense passion and pleasure could be. She fell quickly and deeply in love with Ethan. Their relationship and agreement was shattered one evening when Miranda's mother was hosting a ball for Penelope, Miranda's younger sister by two years and best friend. Penelope unfortunately walked in on Ethan and Miranda. The shock was more than Penelope could bare because she came to realize that Miranda had sold herself for the family. Penelope judged her sister harshly and a little unfairly, not bothering to listen that passion was what Miranda wanted, that her and Ethan had more than just a bargain. This was the only thing that bugged me about the book, I had no complaints with the book, just Penelope being so harsh, unfeeling, and judgemental. Penelope never forgave her sister, but accepted the first marriage proposal from an old man of money that was old enough to be her grandfather.
After Ethan and Miranda were found out, Miranda ended their arrangement and forced Ethan to stay away from her, even though that was the last thing she wanted. During their time apart, Ethan realized that he wanted Miranda back in his life at any cost, that he truly did love her and didn't just want her as a mistress or lover, but as a wife.
These two were thrust together in London by accident at Penelope's engagement party. Ethan, truthfully pours his heart and soul out to Miranda and offers them to her, only to have her doubt him and refuse him yet again. While she is trying to make a hasty get away, he comes back into the ballroom and makes a very embarrassing and public display for Miranda's hand. Thankfully, she believes him and accepts his proposal of marriage and ultimately his love. I truly did feel the love between this couple. The love scenes were well written, tasteful, and smoking hot. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
No extreme explicit warnings are needed for this book, there is sex and oral sex described, but that is it.(less)