Kensington Aphrodisia, Oct 2009, $13.95
The Raybourne brothers (Sinjin, Victor, and Rory) are known throughout London as the “Rakehells of Rochester; they live for sexual pleasure. However, even these hedonists know when it is time to retreat as their Mother has arrived at Madame Darion’s Pleasure Palace in Covent Gardens looking for them. Mother Betsy demands they give up their wanton ways and marry.
As the oldest Sinjin agrees to go first as the "sacrifice" to the altar of their Mother, but she informs her three offspring that each will be married by summer’s end or else. However when he and Katelyn Davenport meet, Sinjin finds marriage may not be bad as he is attracted to her. There is only one problem; she is engaged to the much older Lord Balliford as a means to pay back her late father’s debts. As he teaches her the pleasure of sex between those in love, Balliford arrives to “re-imprison” his betrothed.
From the moment Mother assaults her wastrel sons until the final confrontation SINJIN is an enjoyable heated erotic historical romance. The lead couple is a solid (and not just his constant boner) pairing while the support cast of both their families add some depth. Though Balliford is a vile villain with no redeeming quality and the story line thin, sub-genre readers will enjoy this torrid tale and crave Victor’s encounter.