Maria Lantos is a post grad Yale student researching illicit 18th-century literature. She’s become exceptionally well-versed in the narratives of classic erotic fantasy.
She’s also Claudine, an in-demand escort specializing in sexual role play for an elite clientele. Anonymous. Satisfying. And discreet.
Until the tenuous separation between her worlds starts to crack. It begins with the murder of a stranger. Where it leads is to two men who will test Maria's limits of control and awaken her own sexual desires.
As her private nights bleed into day, Maria will discover the dangerous places that extend beyond the imagination, and secrets no longer consigned to the dark.
To say Claudine was a little outside of my comfort zone would be the understatement of the year. I think I expected more romance less erotica. Claudine is more of a Erotic Suspense, while there was a bit of romance it wasn't the focus of the story. The story is more the erotic journey of a high end escort who has to come to terms with her shelf life while being terrorized from an unknown source, while also starting to develop new feelings that she doesn't know how to deal with. Claudine kept me on my toes, there were many twists that came out of left field, that even a physic couldn't have predicted, which makes the story all the better. While Claudine is hot hot hot, don't go into it expecting hearts, flowers and knights on white horses because you will be sorely disappointed. Due go into it expecting smart writing, witty and strong characters and steam coming off the pages.
About the Author
Barbara Palmer is a pen name inspired by the famous 17th century English courtesan and royal mistress. She is a bestselling, international award-winning Canadian novelist whose work has been previously published in twenty countries.