Thursday, March 30, 2006

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!

Vanquished by Hope Tarr - Medallion Press, July 2006, ISBN 1932815759

A devil's bargain.

"The photograph must be damning, indisputably so. I mean to see Caledonia Rivers not only ruined but vanquished. Vanquished, St. Claire, I'll settle for nothing less."

Known as The Maid of Mayfair for her unassailable virtue, unwavering resolve, and quiet dignity, suffragette leader, Caledonia — Callie — Rivers is the perfect counter for detractors' portrayal of the women a rabble rousers, lunatics, even whores. But a high-ranking enemy within the government will stop at nothing to ensure that the Parliamentary bill to grant the vote to females dies in the Commons — including ruining the reputation of the Movement's chief spokeswoman.

After a streak of disastrous luck at the gaming tables threatens to land him at the bottom of the Thames, photographer Hadrian St. Claire reluctantly agrees to seduce the beautiful suffragist leader and then use his camera to capture her fall from grace. Posing as the photographer commissioned to make her portrait for the upcoming march on Parliament, Hadrian infiltrates Callie's inner circle. But lovely, soft-spoken Callie hardly fits his mental image of a dowdy, man-hating spinster. And as the passion between them flares from spark to full-on flame, Hadrian is the one in danger of being vanquished.

Damn, this sounds good - and damn that cover is hot!

8 comments:

Meghan said...

Please tell me this book is out in stores now.

Wendy said...

Meghan - You'll have to wait until July....

Nicole said...

I love that cover. I have a bookmark with it on it that I'm using right now.

Meghan said...

Noooo!

Oh well, at least it's my birthday month. I shall make it a gift. To myself.

Alyssa said...

Wow, that cover's awesome!

Kristie (J) said...

I really feel odd person out here because I really don't like the cover at all. It's not the naked back or anything - it's just that with that thing she has on she seems to look distorted. And *sigh* no store around here carries Medallion Press books

mdvelazquez said...

Ooh, I love the cover and this one will definitely be on my July shopping list.

Maria

AliceAnderson said...

I'm agreeing with you on the Hot Cover bit. That's enough to make me buy the book without further glance!