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Her Gilded Prison. (Daughters Of Sin #1) by Beverley Oakley. ARC Review.

She was determined to secure the succession, he was in it for the pleasure. Falling in love was not part of the arrangement.

When dashing twenty-five year old Stephen Cranbourne arrives at the estate he will one day inherit, it’s expected he will make a match with his beautiful second cousin, Araminta. But while proud, fiery Araminta and her shy, plain sister, Hetty, parade their very different charms before him, it’s their mother, Sybil, a lonely and discarded wife, who evokes first his sympathy and then stokes his lustful fires. As Stephen introduces Sybil to every pleasure she’s been deprived of, duty and passion become a deep and mutual love. But with the unexpected arrival of a contender to the estate, Sybil realises that what she's set in motion to save the family might have tragic consequences.

Steve Cranborne has unexpectedly been declared the heir of Lord Partington.  For someone brought up on the outskirts of nobility by a wastrel mother, that is a big deal.  It has been suggested that he marry Lord Partington's daughter who is a distant cousin.  That looks to be an admirable idea, and Aramita herself is determined to be in control of the estate. 
Lady Sybil Partington is a good and honourable wife who has turned a blind eye to her husband's other family.  When the line of inheritance is not direct it can cause heartbreak to many. 
An unusual historical romance in that the characters are very naughty.  The women,  particularly are predatory in their behaviour.  Our hero has a true appreciation of women,  and a soft heart.  A sexy and highly interesting story.  I loved. 



Beverley was seventeen when she bundled up her first 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. When she discovered that drowning her heroine on the last page was not in line with the expectations of romance readers, Beverley became a journalist.
Since 2009, Beverley has published more than thirteen sizzling historical romances, filled with mystery and intrigue, mostly set in England during the Georgian, Regency and Victoria eras, under the name Beverley Oakley.
Beverley lives near Melbourne opposite a picturesque nineteenth century insane asylum with the handsome Norwegian bush pilot she met while running a safari lodge in Botswana, their two beautiful daughters and a rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback the size of a pony.
She also writes psychological historicals, and Colonial-Africa-set romantic suspense, as Beverley Eikli.

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