Title: The Libertine
Genre: Historical Romance/ erotic
Author: Saskia Walker
Publisher: Harlequin HQN, 2013
Source: Free for review from The Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
His powers could save her from ruin, or guide her swiftly to it.
Lennox Taskill is a dissolute rogue, a powerful witch who some say even trades his enchantments for profit when it pleases him. His only loyalty is to his coven, his disdain for humanity sealed by the searing memory of his mother burning at the stake. So when the wife of a wealthy landlord comes seeking his help, the beguiling Chloris Keavey unwittingly presents Lennox with his greatest opportunity for distraction…and retribution.
By failing to produce an heir, Chloris faces a terrible threat: being turned out by her heartless husband. Now, she vows to get with child, even if it means surrendering her body—and soul—to Lennox’s seductive magic. But with a witch hunt brewing, Lennox and Chloris are soon risking everything for their forbidden nights of ecstasy…and to protect the secret that could cost them their lives.
When I started reading this novel I was not sure I liked it. I tend to like romance with erotica and this one began with Lennox Taskill using his sexual charm, magic and prowess to seduce Chloris for revenge and his own pleasure. There appeared to be no romance. This did change, Lennox fell in love with Chloris.
There is enough sex to make it interesting without becoming too much. The setting, in 1715, seemed authentic for the period and well researched. Saskia Walker created a believable ambiance where the belief in magic and witches flourished. The main characters were well developed but side characters sometimes acted with limited or under explained motivation. There were some slow stretches and suspenseful parts seemed to lack a heightening of suspense and proper completion. However the ending was exciting and very satisfying.
I love this cover. It is simple and it does refer to scenes in the book.