Saturday, January 9, 2010

Notorious Eliza
By Barbara Monajem

Harlequin Historical Undone
e-book: 25 pages

Eliza Dauntry has been commissioned to paint over the bacchanalia murals frolicking over Lord Lansdowne’s ballroom walls. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that while she’s covering over the more shocking elements of the paintings, someone is secretly watching her--and uncovering her with his imagination.

Patrick “Trick” Felham is looking to remarry. He wants a respectable woman, one that will love him and teach his young daughter what it means to be a part of polite society. Surely that is beyond the reach of the temptress altering his uncle’s murals. She’s the Eliza Dauntry, after all--the same woman who paints portraits of courtesans, and who once painted herself in a legendary nude—the infamous nude Trick secretly purchased years ago. How could such a woman, unable to be “shocked when (she) should be,” satisfy the yearnings of his heart, as well as his body?

With this refreshingly original premise, Monajem crafts the perfect blend of historical accuracy and sexy narrative. The paintings themselves provide an interesting juxtaposition with the fledgling, albeit sizzling, attraction between the hero and heroine. If you’re looking for something spicy and new, read Notorious Eliza.

Reviewed by J Perry Stone

Hot Tamales: 4


Tami Brothers said...

Thanks for the review, JP. This sounds like a fun story. I'll have to find it!


Linsey Lanier said...

I can't imagine how Barbara got all that into 25 pages! This sounds like a terrific read.


Cyrano said...

I second Linsey's comment! Sounds like a keeper.

Great review JP.
Have a nice afternoon,

PS...Are you writing? Better B!!!

J Perry Stone said...

Linsey, I just found out it isn't actually 25 pages. The hard copy I acquired is 25, but the actual eBook is more like 60.

Sorry for the confusion.