While reading this book, I had the feeling that Tiffany Clare would be better off writing erotica. If she doesn't want to do that, she needs to beef up the storyline and the romance of her HRs, not just fill the pages with sex and more sex. Here we have hero Richard Mansfield, Earl of Asbury, who at 19 marries heroine Emma Halloway, 15 at the time. (Oh, ick! This wasn't a costermonger marrying a flower seller. He's peerage and she's at least gentry and they didn't usually marry at 15 in the 1800s.) So the night of the wedding, they consummate the marriage and next day he's off to see the world without so much as a goodbye and doesn't see or get in contact with Emma for 12 years. (That's right, 12 years!)
Fast forward 12 years and he's back and decides it's time to make an heir with said wife, who, fortunately for him, has grown into quite a looker. Now, in my world, a man that inconsiderate, selfish, insensitive, unfeeling, self-centered, uncaring, and just in general a huge jerk, would have to do some really, really big-time groveling before I'd open my legs for him. Not so our heroine. She's panting after him just days after he's back in England. And they're at it like over-sexed rabbits throughout the book. Supposedly he sets out to "woo" her but apparently "wooing" for him means talking dirty to her and having sex with her as often as possible.
Oh, yes, there is more to this story. H and h have secrets. Emma took up painting after Richard deserted her and anonymously sells enough to have saved up a goodly amount of money. The strange part is her choice of subject matter. It's nude females in erotic poses, two of them being paintings of herself. Richard's dirty little secret is the way he's been making his money, in the opium trade. And we have the mystery of someone who is out to kill Richard (in addition to me, as a reader) and Emma's problem that she may be outed as the painter of nudes. And to muddy up the storyline even more we have some ha-ha moments with the heroine's two sisters, who are staying with her at the time of the story.
All in all, I recommend this book only to those who like to read sex scenes and don't look for any romance in their HRs.