I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Engaged in Sin is a paperback edition on October 25, 2011 and has 425 pages.
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An historical romance novel set in 1815 with a crusading zeal.
Page is an engaging author and as whiny as I usually get when an historical storywriter doesn’t pay attention to the story’s time period, I actually enjoyed this, although I’m not sure if it’s the writing or Page’s do-good spirit that caught me. It certainly cracked me up how very inept Anne is at the harlot business. She hasn’t a clue and yet she’s a successful prostitute? Guys, this is so not flattering to y’all…
Page does tend to leap about and pull in some odd twists, but since they are questions about which I’ve always wondered, I’m being hypocritical enough to let them go.
I’m rather surprised there is no one in his household who can read. Who does the accounts?
Our Anne is a very caring person and she’s more interested in incorporating what she learned with how her blind grandfather coped than with doing a better job of faking her orgasms when she’s with the duke. She’s also quite gung-ho about the evils of prostitution and providing women without family or spousal support with a better way of making a living.
As a result of a misplaced poker, Anne Beddington has had to flee London and seek a hiding place from the Bow Street Runners and an overheard conversation sends her to the Duke of March’s hunting box. It seems his friend thinks bedding a woman will cure his blindness.
Now if only this innocent can entice his grace into keeping her.
Anne Beddington, alias Cerise, alias Annalise Black, is a lady with a life-threatening problem. She’s too innocent to understand and god knows how she muddled through life at a whorehouse. Millicent was Anne’s mother. Lady Julia is Anne’s remorseful great-grandmother. Kat Tate is a courtesan friend of Anne’s who will do almost anything to help her.
Devon Audley, the Duke of March, was blinded at Waterloo and is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of events at the battle. Treadwell is the butler at his hunting box. Lady Rosalind Marchant was the woman he had fallen in love with, the reason he went off to war. Tristan de Gray is the fifth Earl of Ashton and March’s friend.
Caroline, Devon’s pregnant sister, has run away from her husband, the Earl of Cavendish. Other sisters include Lizzie and Win as well as his mother, the duchess who is quite insistent that he get married to a respectable woman.
Mr. Wynter was a Bow Street Runner and is now engaged by the duke as an investigator. Captain Tanner’s widow and son Thomas are the subject of a search by the duke. Sir John Laurence is the current magistrate at Number 10, Bow Street.
Madame Sin, a.k.a., Mrs. Meadows, ran a whore house in London with Mick Taylor as a bouncer. Sebastian Beddington, Viscount Norbrook, is Anne’s salacious cousin with his own designs upon Anne.
The Cover and Title
The cover is pink. A stately-ish home set back from the street with lush gardens in front creates a background that will have you wondering which gated community this is set in while the half-dressed couple embracing…and the pink…definitely clues you in that this is a romance.
The title is true for both parties are Engaged in Sin.