Set free by desire...
Lalitha's fate is pre-ordained. Trained for the exclusive pleasure of the male sex, she is destined to be sold as a plaything to the libertines of the Hell Fire Club. There, in the caves of debauchery, the instruments of pleasure - and pain - await her soft and complaint flesh.
But highwayman Nick Culpepper has other plans for the maid with the violet eyes. And though their future together encompasses the cruelties of transportation to Botany Bay, the chains that bind them are forged in the fire of erotic compulsion. For Lalitha, there is no alternative but submission...
British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents.