Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never allow a man's kiss to move her, for that way led to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes, she built impregnable defenses around her emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her the toast of London, but none were able to rouse her passions.
But that hard-taught lesson is about to unravel because of Sir James Stoker. Back in England with a treasure of gold from his adventures, newly knighted by Queen Victoria herself, and feted everywhere, the handsome explorer has the world at his feet. He's exactly the man Coco might have dreamed about when she was young: a tall, fair hero with a charming smile. Now he's turned his energy toward winning her, the most desirable and the least attainable woman he knows; and Coco's aft-aid James may just find his way past the thorns that have so long protected her from the world, and awaken her slumbering heart...with just one kiss.
"IVORY (Beast) ENCHANTS HER READERS WITH INTENSE SEXUAL TENSION, UNDERSTATED BUT POWERFUL SYMBOLISM, GREAT PLOTTING AND SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS WHO BUCK TIRED TYPES.
— Publishers Weekly
"IVORY OFFERS A CAST OF WELL-DRAWN, SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS, A SETTING THAT VIVIDLY PORTRAYS THE INHERENT VICTORIAN CONFLICT BETWEEN APPEARANCE AND REALITY, AND A PLOT LIBERALLY LACED WITH POLITICS, JEALOUSY, AND GREED. THE RESULT IS A BEAUTIFULLY ROMANTIC FAIRY TALE, EXQUISITELY TOLD AND INFINITELY SATISFYING."