Lust (The Sins and The Virtues #1)

LustBy Charlotte Featherstone

Publisher: Spice
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Netgalley

Of old, humans and Faeries have dwelt side by side in parallel realms. Only the canniest mortals recognize the alluring creatures that often walk–and lie–among them.
The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman’s love–honestly, without coercion…and love her wholly in return.

To halt the slow demise of his people, Prince Thane–the embodiment of Lust–infiltrates the Georgian court to seduce his mortal inverse. Noblewoman Chastity Lennox is purity incarnate–a sensual prize well worth winning. But Thane’s carnal quest proves more challenging than he ever dreamed.

No other has ever been able–or willing–to resist his erotic charms. Chastity’s resolve is maddening…and intriguing. It makes him want her all the more. But how best to seduce one who truly seems above temptation? Discover her greatest weakness and become the intoxicating essence of her deepest, most forbidden desires….

Goodreads Summmary

The Unseelie Court is doomed.  Centuries ago, its King Duir had become besotted with the lovely Queen Aine of the golden Seelie Court, but Aine saw through Duir’s dark, seductive beauty and turned him away.  Desperate to have her anyway, he stole into her bedroom at night and kidnapped her, forced her to the Unseelie Court and used his kind’s powers of sexual skill to seduce her.  Once she’d given him twin sons though, Aine sought her escape and revenge: she took one son and left the court with a curse.  Every son and brother of Duir’s would be possessed with a cardinal sin and until they could bring a virtuous woman to the court of her own free will, the court would wither and die.

Chastity Lennox and her sisters have always been raised to believe that they were born for a higher, special purpose.  She’s always known she was different: she’s never felt sexually attracted to a man, never even a tingle of interest when the most handsome of men attempt to court her, but she’s always had a deep yearning to fit in and be like other women.

Thane is possessed by Lust; when he sees Chastity, the beast in him roars for the conquest, but the man wants something more and both know they have to proceed carefully if they want her to follow them to the Dark Court willingly.  While Thane isn’t above using some of his fey powers to lull her into accepting his presence initially, Chastity’s response to Thane’s sexual advances are all her own; her natural sensuality is awakened by his Lust.  The only barriers keeping her from following him to the Unseelie Court are the appearance of the Seelie Prince, the machinations of some of her own family and her leftover inhibitions.

Not surprisingly, this book is loaded with sensuality.  Not just sex, although there’s plenty of that, but just about everything Thane does with Chastity is squirm-worthy.  Once in a while, he has a thought about how much he really respects her as a woman and he doesn’t want to only think of her as a sex object, but I really didn’t believe him.  Not that I didn’t find him less hot for it, I just found the interjections sort of funny.  Kind of, “yeah, yeah, you’ll respect her in the morning, now get back to licking her neck.”

Chastity is a likeable enough character; she only really starts to stand out on her own though about halfway through the story when she admits she’s more than her Virtue.  I enjoyed seeing her evolution, she certainly had more of one than Thane did, which was expected.

There are some good pieces of information given throughout the story that will impact the next and the continuation of the series.  Chastity’s sister Mercy seems to have already had contact with her Sin and Prudence may have met hers, although that one’s up in the air.  With the Seelie Prince obviously up to no good, there’s bound to be plenty of conflict ahead.I enjoyed this a lot, and given the nature of the remaining Virtues, Cardinal Sins and my good experiences with past Featherstone books, I’m looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

My Rating: B

Barbara

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