Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never allow a man's kiss to move her, for that way led to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes, she built impregnable defenses around her emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her the toast... show more
Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never allow a man's kiss to move her, for that way led to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes, she built impregnable defenses around her emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her the toast of London, but none were able to rouse her passions.Beauty AwakensBut that hard-taught lesson is about to unravel because of Sir James Stoker. Back in England with a treasure of gold from his adventures, newly knighted by Queen Victoria herself, and feted everywhere, the handsome explorer has the world at his feet. He's exactly the man Coco might have dreamed about when she was young: a tall, fair hero with a charming smile. Now he's turned his energy toward winning her, the most desirable and the least attainable woman he knows; and Coco's aft-aid James may just find his way past the thorns that have so long protected her from the world, and awaken her slumbering heart...with just one kiss.
Publish date: June 1st 1998
Pages no: 379
Edition language: English
Neither of the main characters, nor the setting, appealed to me, so I put this one down after a few chapters.
3.5 stars.Dammit, here's what happens when you accidentally read too many books with the same theme in a short period of time!WARNING: BIG TIME SPOILER for anyone who has read The Duke but not this book, or this book but not The DukeI quite enjoyed this book -- the writing was good, the characters d...
Older woman/younger man! Prostitute heroine who's not ashamed of her past! I wish there'd been more about her work, really. It's a bit idealized.
While this book doesn't supplant UNTIE MY HEART or THE PROPOSITION as my favorite Judith Ivory novels, it was memorable enough to revisit in the future. Coco was an original heroine, and I enjoyed both her independence, her maturity, and her unrepentant past. Ivory was particularly clever with how...
This is a "must read", a classic even, in romance reading circles. So, I did my duty and read it and must say a lot of the book left me cold. The characters, though not always entirely likable, aren't your standard hero/heroine. The heroine is a mistress and a bit older than the hero but she's a bit...