Too Tempting to Touch

Cheryl Holt

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Ellen Drake has seen firsthand how dangerous scandal can be. Her family was torn apart by an unjust accusation ten years ago, and now, working as a paid companion, Ellen must keep her reputation above reproach. Catching her employer’s betrothed in a sizzling tryst is bad enough; even worse that Ellen should find herself so infernally enthralled by the spectacle! Ellen intends to prevent Alex Marshall, Lord Stanton, from dallying with other women before his wedding day, but the rogue turns the tables—with an invitation to be his paramour. It’s a proposition that is too outrageous, too indecent…and strangely irresistible. With a single touch, Alex opens the door to a secret world of sensual desire, a world Ellen is burning to explore…

Alex intends to be faithful once he’s married, but in the meantime, London offers so many tempting bed partners. Giving the prim Miss Drake a taste of the excitement she clearly craves will be a delightful diversion, nothing more. But their secret dalliance unleashes the vengeance of someone who is plotting revenge, someone whose own erotic pursuits are twisted with madness. And the scandal that destroyed Ellen’s family is about to come calling once again…


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Chapter One london, england, 1812 . . .
“Do you feel sorry for me?”
“Dreadfully sorry, darling.”
At the sound of voices, Ellen Drake halted in shuffling her deck of cards. She’d been anxious for a quiet interlude and a chance to rest after a trying day, but apparently, no privacy was to be had. She was huddled in the shadows of the earl’s library, hiding and playing solitaire at a writing desk that was situated behind a large potted plant. She peeked around it.
From her discreet location she couldn’t


Praise for Too Tempting to Touch

"Fantastic...a keeper...Holt has finely tuned the art of delving into secret fantasies and drawing out what women want. In this deliciously sensual story, she keeps readers glued to the pages by infusing every one with plenty of sizzle. Very sensual."--Romantic Times (starred review) on Further Than Passion

"Holt pens a compelling, erotic tale…a sensual feast of love, betrayal, and sensual pleasure, Further Than Passion takes the reader beyond the typical consequences of desire for happily ever after…[a] powerful story that readers will find impossible to put down…each character springs vibrantly alive, living in the reader's imagination long after the last page is turned."
--Midwest Book Review on Further Than Passion

"A deeply passionate book…very seldom does a historical novel find its way to my shelf, but this is one author for whom I will always make an exception. Fans won't be surprised to find this book on their keeper shelf."--A Romance Review on Further Than Passion

"Holt's most exciting story of all. Further Than Passion is an intriguing and spellbinding love story."--Fallen Angel Reviews on Further Than Passion

"Highly erotic…a poignant and emotional love story…only Cheryl Holt can write such sweet, erotic romances that touch the heart, body, and soul."--Historical Romance Club on Further Than Passion

"Holt is an extremely talented author. Every book she writes is so sexy, the characters so real, that I'm sorry when the story comes to an end."--Fresh Fiction.com on Further Than Passion

"Just about the best writer of erotic romance that we've got."-Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon) on Deeper Than Desire

"Sexy, titillating love story…add some suspense, abductions, a mad villain and an exciting climax and you have all you need in an erotic romance."-Romantic Times on Deeper Than Desire

"A jewel…intriguing, compelling, and passionate."--Old Book Barn Gazette on Deeper Than Desire

"The thing that I like best about Cheryl Holt's writing is that she makes her characters come alive as their stories unfold. You get mad, glad, sad, and sexy as the devil while reading her glorious books that not only are well written erotic stories but they have substance and a good storyline concerning the characters' lives that make them human and realistic. Now this is a writer to watch because she is going places. Ms. Holt delivers stories that you love reading. They are hot and spicy...filled with compelling characters that set your heart to racing with her imaginative and titillating storytelling."-ReaderToReader.com on Deeper Than Desire

"An intricate tapestry of intriguing characters." -Romancereaderatheart.com on Deeper Than Desire

"Romance fans will enjoy this erotic tale of forbidden love that feels and is right. Holt turns up the heat with this superior historical."--The Best Reviews.com on Deeper Than Desire

"Cheryl Holt will ravish her reading audience with this well written tale. Her clever plot will lure the reader on, as she seduces one to continue reading page after page. Filled with sexual tension and loaded with secondary story lines, one comes away satisfied. If a delightful taste of erotica is what you are looking for, you will find your senses replete in Deeper Than Desire."
--Simegen.com on Deeper Than Desire

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  • Cheryl Holt

  • CHERYL HOLT is a lawyer, mom, and bestselling novelist who lives on the Oregon coast. Her varied employment history includes public school teacher, mediator, cook, bartender, lobbyist, musician, and political activist. A graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, she worked as a law clerk for the Attorney General of Colorado and Wyoming. Later, she served as a deputy district attorney in metro-Denver. She has numerous national writing awards to her credit, including the prestigious Reviewer's Choice award from Romantic Times magazine. Too Tempting to Touch is her fifteenth book.

    She loves to hear from fans. You may visit her Web site at www.cherylholt.com or write to her at: cheryl@cherylholt.com
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