Published Date: April 23, 2012
Pages: 350, e-book
Reviewed By: Isalys
Reason for Reading: Blog Tour and giveaway thanks to the author
Lila DiPasqua | Goodreads | TwitterAngelica lives in a convent, but she's no nun. She's a born aristocrat living, or rather hiding, as a commoner in a convent in the Republic of Genoa. One evening, she sneaks out of the convent to help a local villager and quite literally runs into Simon Boulenger on her way back. Simon is a commoner living as a noble. Working as a privateer, his ultimate goal is to become a titled gentleman and an Officer in The Kings Army. Unfortunately, his time spent as a privateer has done more to line the pockets of The Superintendent of Finance than anything else. Simon becomes very disheartened and feels like he needs to give up his lifelong dream.
Inspired by the tale of Rapunzel, Lila DiPasqua offers a new steamy, emotionally charged historical romance in the acclaimed Fiery Tales Series . . . Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning . . .
Maintaining her ruse as a commoner, and trusting no one has kept Angelica safe. But a chance encounter with a handsome stranger lands her right where danger lies. Now, this sinfully handsome man with arresting blue eyes and a polished manner thinks he’s saved her life, when in fact he’s placed her in great peril. She’s intent on keeping him and everyone else at arm’s length. Yet, the smoldering attraction between them is difficult to deny. And impossible to ignore . . .
As commander of a number of privateer ships, Simon Boulenger dresses and speaks like an aristocrat, and has obtained wealth. But he is still not a noble. Or an officer in the King’s Navy. His lifelong dream to elevate himself from his station of birth and attain a respectable place in society is dead. Worse, he’s ensnared in a deadly scheme, and must get out. But how is he to stay focused on his dangerous mission when the mysterious beauty has him utterly intrigued? He can’t afford the distraction any more than he can resist the carnal hunger she stirs. Simon soon discovers that she’s not only a passionate soul mate, but a woman born into privilege. A woman he can never have. But they’re in too deep. Their hearts are at risk . . . as well as their lives.
The evening that Simon is nearly trampled by Angelica, he's utterly captivated by her. So much so that he follows her into the convent where he witnesses her being abused by one of the nuns. Disapproving of this and with the help of Angelica's friend, Gabriella, he removes her from the convent and takes her on board his ship set for France. Angelica had been knocked unconscious so when she comes to, she panics at the thought of returning to France.
Simon is absolutely determined to learn Angelica's real identity and why she is so adamant about returning to the convent, even at the risk of being abused again. Angelica on the other hand will do anything to avoid Simon discovering why an aristocrat is living in a convent and WHO she's really hiding from.
Simon was a self-made man, was very compassionate and gentle but at times, he was a bit too alpha. Other than his attraction to Angelica and his desire to help her, his determination to learn her past bordered on nosy. However, as his feelings became serious it made sense that he would want to get to know her. Angelica suffered a very dark, traumatic event at the hands of her step-father. Being a delicate subject, I feel that Lila handled it perfectly and it justified Angelica's reluctance to trust Simon, to trust her body and to re-enter society. Watching them fall in love as they learn to trust each other was a beautiful thing.
Lila's stories are erotic historicals so girlfriend knows how to deliver in the smex department. Simon and Angelica's attraction and chemistry simply sizzled. Simon had a very healthy appetite and like a typical
I was happy with the ending and feel it happened the way it needed to even if it was a bit too convenient. Overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable story with humor, compassion, some action and a lot of heart. I remain a fan of Lila's :)
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