This was a wonderfull erotic historic romantic read. I'm not a huge fan of historic stories, or any other than contemporary for that matter, but this one was really good. The historic details were not too elaborate and added a nice touch to the characters' issues. Rules of society that brings a man to duel for a woman's honor or make a woman an outcast because she's raped were giving this story's heroine a believable struggle when the two men she loved did ask her to marry them.
The Courage to Love is a story of a menage a trois and there's a lot of sex going on. The erotic scenes are written very graphically and it's recommended to read this novel with a fan and a glass of cold water at hand because it gets very, very steamy and hot. In the end there's also a sexy M/M scene because the two male heroes started out as not being gay but are falling in love with each other as well after they're united with the woman they both love for years. The feelings of all characters are described very well and makes this novel a great romance, besides that it's very erotic and hot. So definitely worth 5 stars. It's the first in a series of 5 novels and I'm definitely putting the other 4 on my wishlist!
First in the Brothers in Arms series.
Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She's known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She'd been in love with them for almost that long. To discover they feel the same is a shock, but Kate isn't ready to turn her life back over to a man, or men.
Jason and Tony prove hard to resist, however, especially when their close friendship blossoms into desire for each other as they make Kate's body burn with passion. The combination of their insatiable desire for her and their journey into a sexual relationship with one another is irresistible to Kate.
A nightmare from her past tries to keep them apart, but the three long for a life together in spite of society's censure, and they will not be denied.
Reader advisory: Contains male/male sex scenes.