Copper by Vanessa Devereaux

Copper by Vanessa Devereaux
Publisher: Forever More Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/F, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism, M/F/M
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Emma Snow makes her living as an escort to some of London’s richest men. What begins as a routine call to one of her clients ends in his murder. Detective Mark Hargreeves enters her life and is now assigned to protect her, because she is a witness to the crime.

She is immediately drawn to him, and senses like many of her clients, that he is another troubled soul. She wants him, lusts for him, but he still loves his wife who died in childbirth. Emma knows he probably would not want and could not love a woman who makes her living pleasuring other men, but she is willing to do anything to have him as her own.

Emma Snow is about to have a most unusual day. A paid escort to high ranking men, she has a very different life to many, but as a woman alone in the world, she needs to support herself somehow. Blindfolded with one of her clients, she has the sensation that something is different this time, but is blissfully unaware of what, exactly, until she’s readying to leave and finds a macabre sight in his study. Sir Michael had been murdered. Emma’s day is turned upside down, and the man of her dreams – a Police Detective of all things – suddenly enters her life.

This is an interesting and well-written Historical novel. I enjoyed Emma’s frankness about her work and sexual relations. There was no air of “missishness” – which I personally dislike – but also she wasn’t blunt to the point of crudeness. I feel the author has done an excellent job of balancing Emma’s character so she is relatable but still exceedingly sexual for that time period. I was a little disappointed how difficult I found it initially to relate to the hero, Detective Mark Hargreeves, but this was mostly due to the story being from Emma’s point of view, and written in the first person. Seeing everything from Emma’s perspective was interesting, but it did make me wonder at Mark’s thoughts and reactions, how things appeared from his eyes. I felt this became particularly difficult a few times in the story when Mark would seem to change his mind on something – do a complete about-face – and I’d not really feel like I had a proper understanding on why. This also made it harder for me to feel connected to Mark, and I think that was a great shame.

This book is a little bit different from many other erotic romances that I’ve read previously, in that even though Emma’s attraction to Mark is clear from the beginning, their relationship is quite platonic for the first half of the book. Emma continues to see her clients and while I enjoyed this and the progression of the story, die-hard romantics might not be happy to see Emma sexually active with numerous men while being distracted and entranced with Mark. This isn’t a standard hero-and-heroine-fall-in-love and are monogamous style of story and I can understand if some readers don’t appreciate that. I personally didn’t mind Emma’s sexual exploits with her clients – indeed I feel it gave me greater insight into Emma’s character. I felt there were a few small inconsistencies in the plot, particularly surrounding Mark and his past, but overall this was a small niggle and not enough to dampen my enjoyment of the story.

This is a fresh and very different style of historical romance book. Brimming with tons of sex and a very independent heroine Emma’s lifestyle is enough to make me blush at times, but I greatly enjoyed reading of her escapades. There is a wonderful, happy ending that made the romantic in me very satisfied. An interesting, fresh kind of historical erotic novel.

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