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The Price of Pleasure

by Connie Mason

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A horrible French prison and an unlikely rescue was a unique start, unfortunately the first quarter of the book contained the extend of the action.

Reed and Fleur were both admirable in their love for country and cause but lacked a certain warmth together. I couldn’t seem to get close to the main characters. Mutual respect was practically the only emotion the two expressed.

Reed, the former rogue and English spy seemed only capable of gratitude. Fleur, the mysterious Black Widow, played out her charade as a way to deal with her first husbands death, whom she claimed to have been deeply loved. The depth of that first relationship was never fully explained. That lack in the story line made it difficult to accept that she was now madly in love with Reed. I almost found more enjoyment in the secondary characters, Updike and Lisette.

Of course you can always count on Connie Mason for hot and heavy passion, and this book is no exception. Too bad that most of the love scenes were highly predictable; except maybe, that first encounter. Even the mystery of the unknown assasin was predictible. The last quarter of the book did begin to show more intensity and depth but did not save it entirely. I still love Connie Mason but this story is not among her best. ( )
  ladyviking2u | Nov 1, 2008 |
Very enjoyable with the banter between the two. I also enjoyed the subplots involving spying between England and France and a woman operative. The love scenes played well between the widow and the bachelor, and it was refreshing to not have a blushing virgin bride occasionally. Espescially to have one that enjoyed sex from the get go and loved her previous husband. The "my first husband abused me" plot is getting a little thin as of late. ( )
  cylence | Dec 21, 2007 |
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The Black Widow

That was what she was called by the desperate prisoners incarcerated in Devil's Chateau. Young and beautiful, she was rumored to buy men for purposes both scandalous and secret. Whatever she did with them one thing was certain: Her unfortunate victims were never seen again. But when she whisked Reed Harwood out of the cell where he'd been left to die for spying against the French, he discovered the lady was not all she seemed.

Fleur Fontaine was the most exquisitely sensual woman he'd ever met, yet there was an innocence about her that belied her sordid reputation. Though he'd been tortured and starved by his jailers, his body reacted eagerly to her nearness. Only a dead man would fail to respond to the sight of those ebony curls, the touch of those luscious lips. Reed was not head yet, but was he willing to pay �

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When Fleur Fontaine, a.k.a. The Black Widow, rescues him from the cell where he'd been left to die for spying on the French, Reed Harwood discovers the real woman under the sordid reputation.

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