Releases November 1, 2009
On Solstice eve long ago, a Druid priestess and Norse warrior succumb to forbidden, erotic desire. Their passion is one that neither death, decree--nor time--can tear asunder.
Now three women of later centuries begin their own sensual journeys, awakened by the ancient power of the priestess's words--"Burn bright of winter's desire."
Sabeline experiences surprisingly unbridled nights with her betrothed's best friend in a lusty tale...
Sinead. Her body yearns for her husband, killed in the Crimean War - and for the officer who broke the tragic news...
Aisling writes risque stories under a secret pen name, but her real-life love life is a bore...until she makes a wish for her winter's desire that works only too well.
Genre: Erotic Historical Romance
Cover Thoughts: While the cover has a lovely winter-like feel, the woman's bubble-like breasts are a bit...distracting. Even my husband's eyes bulged hilariously when he caught a glimpse of it. But I am lovin' the Celtic look of her jewelry.
Single Title/Series: "Midnight Whispers" is a single title novella.
Why I read it: I was offered a trade paperback by Charlotte Featherstone to review.
Although her husband has been dead for nearly two years, Sinead's soul still clings sharply to his memory. Yet at the same time her heart and body have come to recognize another. A man dark and mysterious just like his namesake - Kieran Thompson. Where her husband was once soft and gentle, Kieran's eyes and body promise a rough claiming that Sinead has come to desperately desire. It's been so long since she's been touched, so long since she's been loved but the memory of her long dead husband can't be ignored. The vows she took are still sacred and the thought of mocking them with her yearning for another man has her turning away from Kieran's dark promises.
Kieran has shamefully been in love with his commanding officer's wife - a man he admired and would have given his life for - since the first time David Pembrooke read aloud her letter. A picture had floated from its folds and the beauty of his wife's face and the loving essence of her words worked its way firmly into Kieran's heart. Sinead. She became what he lived for in those dark, terror-filled nights in the trenches awaiting death by the russians. Kieran never thought long or hard on his shame for fear that it would lead him straight to death's embrace. He needed Sinead's promising light more than anything. The last thing he ever would have wanted was her husband's death, but die he did within Kieran's arms, gifting his wife to him. Frustrated with Sinead's guilt that holds her heart from him, Kieran reveals to her all within his soul. He wants her and loves her, if only she would give him the chance.
Finally, after a long year of aching desire, Sinead succumbs to her need and allows Kieran his possession. He shows her a raw passion, one that she's never before experienced but one that she basks willingly within as he envelopes her in his powerful embrace. But when she glimpses David, her husband, in the crowd of the winter solstice celebrations, she feels not fear at his stare, but wicked abandon. And when he comes to her and Kieran to partake in their desire, she welcomes both men within her body, heart and soul.
Oh how I've missed Charlotte Featherstone! It's been a long wait to read something new by this magical author and I feel as though I've been parched for a taste. And while I'm lovin' her Sophie Renwick alter ego, the eroticism that explodes from the pages as Featherstone is positively combustible. "Midnight Whispers" will leave any reader breathless.
For HQN Spice, Featherstone is no holds barred! I loved and rejoiced in the crude and erotic language. Kieran is dangerous and dark with a possessive streak that calls to a woman's inner damsel in distress, awaiting her knight's unrelenting pursuit and inevitable capture.
If you like your historical fare a bit dark with plenty of spice, don't miss out on Charlotte Featherstone's erotic contribution to WINTER'S DESIRE.
SINFUL by Charlotte Featherstone
Releases May 2010
In Victoria England vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.
While these numerous dalliances fulfill Matthew's every physical need, they secretly leave him numb and emotionally void. Until one night when he finds himself beaten, eyes bandaged and in the care of a nurse with the voice of an angel - and a gentle touch that soothes the darkness in him and makes him yearn for more.
Yet Jane Rankin is a lowly nurse, considered shy and plain by most. There is no place for her amongst the lords and ladies of the aristocracy - despite Matthew's growing craving for the fire that burns behind her earnest facade. And then there is Matthew's secret. A secret so humiliating and scandalous is could destroy everyone he loves. A sin, he fears, not even the love of a good woman can take away...