Caine Ballinger, the Earl of Hartland, has fallen on hard times. Once a young, spoiled rake, Caine had been content to live the high life in London ignoring signs his financially inept father was ruining the family fortune. When the storm breaks, Caine's father commits suicide, his patrimony is lost, and he is left virtually penniless. When a wealthy widow purchases his beloved home, Caine barters his body and soul. In exchange for staying on at Northcote, he is now Olivia Hamilton's personal stud. Haunted by his father's memory and damned by the choices he's had to make, Caine can only dream of one day taking revenge on the man he blames for his father's death -- the Duke of Exmoor. That opportunity arrives when Exmoor's daughter, Lady Bliss Ashton, comes to Northcote as part of a house party.
An unusual and independent young lady, Bliss Ashton is no simpering debutante. Since her parents' estrangement, Bliss has spent most of her time in Paris with her mother, establishing herself as an artist and living a Bohemian life. While on a visit to England, Bliss agrees to attend a house party with her cousin Court, and arrives to find an estate set in the stark but beautiful wilds of Devon and its scandalously wild and compelling former master. Although her first encounters with the dispossessed earl make him appear to be a crude brute, Bliss slowly comes to know and love the lost soul behind Caine's feral facade.
However, when a jealous Olivia notices the sparks between them, she gives Caine a devil's bargain -- if he seduces Bliss and makes her fall in love with him, Olivia will return Northcote to him. If he fails, Caine will fall deeper into Olivia's debt. A chance to win back his home AND revenge himself on the man he thinks ruined his father? It should be the perfect solution for a heartless debaucher. If he were still heartless, that is.
The first book in a new series, Melanie George packs a powerful emotional punch with THE PLEASURE SEEKERS. A deeply wounded hero, Caine finds a perfect match in Bliss's no-holds-barred surrender, and the reader is instantly swept into their tempestuous love affair. With its provocative sensuality and Dangerous Liaison-like plots and villains, THE PLEASURE SEEKERS is a powerful tale you won't soon forget.