Everyone Has Their Price
Leading up to its release I saw some of my favorite authors gushing about The Pearl by Tiffany Reisz so when it hit my kindle I was excited to see what the fuss was about! This was my introduction to Ms. Reisz and what a way to begin!
At first I found myself feeling like I was missing something as the references to Lord Malcolm felt like an inside joke I was not apart of, but very quickly it became apparent that he was a mischievous spirit determined to meddle in the love (and lust) of his descendants. This was the only part that I think would be more impactful to someone who has read the previous books, but for a newbie like me it is eventually pieced together as the story progresses and we are able to appreciate his debauchery all the same.
Our main man Arthur is beckoned to the great Pearl Hotel to once again clean up after his younger brother Charlie. He arrives to learn that Charlie has incurred a large debt after participating in the illicit services they offer. In his desperation to settle his balance Charlie has offered up a prized family heirloom which Arthur must now work to get back. But Lady Ferry, the owner of the hotel, has her price for the return of the family treasure, and it’s his butt in her bed for 10 days. Arthur’s deal with the beautiful Reagan Ferry ends up being the excuse he needs to give in to his deepest desires to serve and obey. As the days pass and the lines between lust and love blur, hidden agendas and ghosts from their past make them question everything they thought they knew about their deal, their families and each other.
I appreciate how the author was able to make a story set in modern day read like a classic historical romance. Other than the references to modern conveniences I could have been convinced this was set 200 years ago. The chemistry between Arthur and Regan was instantaneously explosive and their intimate interludes were often accentuated with a passionate tête-à-tête surrounding the artwork that would be their voyeur of the evening. Their verbal foreplay gives way to spicy scenes that would make even a regular romance reader blush. Beyond the bedroom their story plays out like a classic reluctant romance turn epic love story. If this is any indication of what I can expect from Ms. Reisz’s work she’s definitely got some tricks up her sleeve and I’m excited to see what they are!