Brokenhearted after the death of his wife and infant son, Phillip Graves—Viscount Danbury—lives only for pleasure, changing his mistress every few months. After his mistress-to-be is indisposed, he acquires a temporary replacement who, to his surprise, offers him something he never thought to find—a second chance at love.
After being forced on the streets by her late father, Franny Talbot is desperate to escape the whoring life. The chance to be under an aristocrat’s temporary protection gives her more than a path to freedom, though. Philip’s skilled lessons in sensuality show Franny all the delicious and titillating ways a man can possess a woman. And she unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with a man who can never truly be hers.
Temporary Mistress will keep you engrossed from the very beginning and have you falling in love with Phillip Graves and Franny Talbot. Franny Talbot was forced onto the streets by her father and has been a working girl for a few months. She’s been mistreated and beaten and doesn’t understand what it is like to receive pleasure. The men who’ve taken her on the streets are only into taking what they’ve paid for. After she attacks one of the men she escapes and seeks shelter in an establishment run by a Mistress.
Phillip lost his wife and child and only takes women for the pleasure of it. He seeks out a Mistress for a party and so Franny enters his life. Franny is charming and even though she has used her body on the streets she’s innocent at heart. Their time together on the page is addictive. Franny manages to work her way into the hearts of Phillip’s friends until finally she penetrates the ice around his heart and gets into his. Temporary Mistress is a lovely story and one I didn’t want to stop. Franny and Phillip are well written and their romance beautiful.
Best Bits: The entire book. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit.
Verdict: Well written, addictive and highly enjoyable. One of the best reads of 2012 so far.