Thirty pages into An Indecent Proposition, I was not sure I was going to keep going. The plot, which involves a respectable widow, Lady Caroline Wynn, secretly offering to be the decision maker in a bet between two aristocrats(who wager on which is the best lover) seemed to contrived. What kind of guy makes a bet like that? To make matters worse there was a lot of sexual longing, without a good reason for sexual longing. I'm all for two people desiring each other, but two virtual strangers feeling lust, is not all that romantic.
But the payoff to this initially strained, situation, is surprisingly tender and sweet. There is not a threesome in sight and even though some of the love scenes are hot--the focus is always on the emotion. I liked the romantic and sexual tension between this avowed rake, and a widow whose husband made her feel unloveable and undesirable. This type of heroine is not uncommon and can be really irritating. But in this case the author pulled it off and I found myself feeling sympathy for Caroline.
I am new to Emma Wildes, and the fact that I have so many of her books ahead, delights me.