"A Forbidden Pleasure leads to love"
Reviewed by Tonya Callihan
Posted June 22, 2009
Samantha Hardcastle has been married three times to men old
enough to be her father. Two ended in divorce and most
recently her third ended in death. Her late husband
Tarrant Hardcastle had been on a mission to find his
children and create a family. Sam encouraged him to do so
and also encouraged him to leave inheritance to each of his
Louis DuLac was the only child Sam wasn't able to bring
into the family before Tarrant passed away. Now Sam is
determined to convince Louis to take a DNA test. Sam and
Louis spend an incredible night together, but Sam has no
idea that this man is Louis DuLac and Louis has no idea
that this is Samantha Hardcastle, the woman who has been
bugging him to no end the past six months. When they learn
the truth Louis agrees to the DNA test if Sam will have
dinner with him.
Silhouette Desire is one of my top five series offered from
Harlequin/Silhouette. I love the stories and Jennifer
Lewis is one of my favorite authors. I have to say the
third book in this series, I had expectations for it, and
well Jennifer delivered wonderfully. I loved this story.
It truly is a magical and passionate read. The characters
are vivid and full of life and I believe every woman dreams
of finding the love of their lives. Samantha Hardcastle
does just that with Louis DuLac. I also believe that many
will never truly know who they really are, Sam finds
herself with the help of Louis and his belief in her. He
encourages her to find out who it is she wants to be and
what it is she wants to do. This book is so relatable to
all of us, we are all searching for what it is we can get
passionate about and trying to find out whom we really want
to be. Yet at the same time it offers that level of a
fairy-tale happily ever after we all seek when we read a
If you haven't read the first two in The Hardcastle Progeny
series you won't have any problem falling in line with this
book. But I really recommend that you read the books in
order because it's a wonderful story from start to finish.
Bella and Dominic fall in love against the odds in
Millionaire's Secret Seduction. Susannah turns Amado's
life upside down, but they end up falling in love in the
second book In the Argentine's Bed. And lastly Samantha
Hardcastle never expected to fall in love with Tarrant's
son Louis DuLac, but she does in The Heir's Scandalous
Affair. Check them all out! Terrific reads!
Young widow Samantha Hardcastle longs to find her late
husband's heir and
bring him into the family. Even so, restaurateur Louis
DuLac won't respond
to her calls or letters-or knocks at his New Orleans door.
Samantha succumbs to the sensual refuge offered by a
gorgeous stranger. Who
turns out to be Louis DuLac.
Louis never knew his father's identity. Now this trophy
widow wants him to
take a DNA test to prove-or disprove- that he is a
Hardcastle. No problem-if
Samantha agrees to spend another evening with him..
ExcerptI don’t know his name.
How odd. To be dancing with someone and have no idea who he
was. She knew he owned the bar, so he had an identity, but
without a name he wasn’t quite… real.
Should she ask?
She blinked, strangely reluctant. A name seemed so formal,
like a passport or drivers license that gave you official
status. She didn’t want to tell him that she was Samantha
Hardcastle. Her name and picture might not ring any bells
down here in New Orleans, but in New York they’d been
plastered over the papers for months.
He slid his arm around her waist. Her breasts crushed
gently against his chest and a warm surge of pleasure that
rippled through her.
“I love this song,” he murmured. His low timbre vibrated in
her ear, sending a shiver along her spine. “It makes me
think of a lazy day out on the bayou. Sun shining on the
water, cranes watching from the trees, the putt putt of a
shrimp boat in the distance.”
The image formed in her mind, a peaceful scene, at odds
with their rather urbane surroundings. “Do you go there
“As often as I can.”
She couldn’t see his face because he’d pulled her too
close. His arms wrapped around her waist and she found that
hers had slipped around his neck. A quick glance confirmed
that other couples danced the same way, wrapped up in each
other, to the gentle strumming of the guitar and the low
caress of the saxophone.
He lowered his cheek to hers and she felt the slight
stubble on his chin. A delicious masculine sensation she’d
Almost, but not quite. The familiar strains of desire
echoed through her like the notes of the music. It stirred
in the palms of her hands where they pressed against his
broad shoulder blades, in her nipples as they bumped his
hard chest, in her tongue, which wondered what his mouth
would taste like.
The answer came as their lips touched, opened, and her
tongue flicked over his. His sensual mouth was both soft
and firm, his tongue at first tentative, then insistent,
Her fingers dug into the crisp cotton of his shirt. Her
belly pressed against his firm hips, as she tilted into the
Light and color crackled behind her eyelids, dazzling her,
while their tongues danced together. Then slowly their
tongues drew back, and his lips closed. She felt his warm
skin part from hers, to be replaced by cool, air-
Still clutching his back, she opened her eyes and blinked
in the dim light. Her breath came in unsteady gasps, her
legs wobbled and her skin stung with arousal.
“Come with me.” He didn’t look at her and it wasn’t a
question. With one arm firmly about her waist, he led her
off the floor and across the room.
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