The Taste of Innocence

Written by Stephanie Laurens
Review by Audrey Braver

In 1833, Charles Morwellan, 8th Earl of Meredith, returns home resigned to marry; it is time and it will please his mother. He has two requirements. First, that the woman he chooses be suitable to be his countess; and second, that he does not love her. That had been his father’s very costly mistake. Charles decides that Sarah, daughter of his nearest neighbor and childhood playmate, would do nicely. Sarah refuses to marry except for love. That is her single requirement. So when Charlie proposes and suggests they marry immediately by special license, Sarah requests a two-week period of courtship before giving her answer. Charlie embarks immediately on a courtship based on seduction and Sarah, who has loved Charlie all her life, succumbs. That, however, is just the beginning. In this Cynster novel Ms Laurens has characters cross over from her Bastion Club series. There is more here than erotic passion, which the author does so well. There is mystery, danger, and a spectacular fire. This is vintage Laurens.