By Lavinia Kent
Emma Scanton’s grandfather wants her to marry. Though he means well, he has no idea that his sweet, shy granddaughter leads a double life as the proprietress of Madame Rouge’s. “Ruby” doesn’t mean to disappoint her family—in fact, there’s quite a bit about the job she would gladly leave behind—but she cannot bear the thought of losing her most beloved admirer: Captain Derek Price. What would she do without his muscular arms encircling her waist or his rough chin scraping her cheek? No, marriage is out of the question, for Ruby and for Emma.
Beckoned back to England to assume his role as heir to the family fortune, Derek will soon enter into a suitable marriage. But not without one last visit to see Madame Rouge. During the long months away, Derek could only think of Ruby: her luscious lips and cobalt eyes, the swell of her breasts against the bodice of her gown. Derek’s rich, attractive fiancée, selected for him by his family, is perfectly lovely. But Derek wants the ravenous, ravishing Ruby . . . for far more than one night.
I really enjoyed the previous two full size novels in the series (read only the first novella), but this one didn’t hit the same spot. I like hot and sexy, but here the sex and its description felt crude (for lack of a better word). Based on the previous books the Ruby in my head was strong and self assured, in this book she was just whiny and Derek, don’t get me started on Derek, I didn’t like him at all. And the end of the book was too “open” for me. Two stars because there were some okay scenes I liked …