The premise of this story was interesting, although the execution was somewhat spotty.
For one thing, I found it hard to believe Aphrodite's interest in Edmund, although in retrospect that was the easiest to overlook. Aphrodite is known for her flights of fancy, after all. Then, I was unsure of Clarissa's previous association with him because of how familiar and forward she seems to be with him and her mannerisms and actions don't seem to accurately reflect the era that the story is supposedly set in. If she had not previously been close to Edmund, then the way the story unfolds makes more sense, and yet the drama and angst surrounding what happens after he has his night implies that they did not know each other well if at all. The story sometimes wavers back and forth in the narrative, where information that the characters shouldn't have known is mentioned and their attitude towards each other shifts. Little holes in the details such as that make it difficult to follow the story while holding onto the suspension of disbelief.
Regardless, it was an interesting story with a novel premise and certainly good for a quick, enjoyable read provided one does not look too closely at the weave of the story.
A man with a newly inherited title must be in want of a wife…or at least a lover.
Edmund Lake left the British navy after the Battle of Trafalgar when he inherited a title. Finally, after more than a decade at sea, the virile viscount has time for an extended tryst. His romantic hopes are focused on Clarissa Miller, the beautiful young widow of his ship’s captain.
With a little help from the goddess Aphrodite, he can win her body for one erotic night, but will they have a future when morning comes?