Sarah Veitch is an established and popular author of erotic fiction.
Her pleas are ignored and Rianna is taken on the epic journey to Percheron. En route, she meets Tarn, a young nobleman who has been captured by Sarin's brutal guards for attempting a rebellion. Their desire for each other is instant and Rianna is only too keen to submit to Tarn's seductive charms. On arrival in Pecheron, however she finds that Sarin's world is one of orgiastic indulgence and he plans to use both Tarn and Rianna as his pleasure slaves. Can she find a way to save Tarn without causing unrest between the kingdoms?
St Petersburg. Summer 1788. The beautiful and decadent Russian capital is in a state of turmoil because the Empress Catherine, well-known for her lascivious appetite, is on the look-out for a new lover. And her entire court is indulging in the tantalising quest to find someone suitably young, handsome and virile.
Nadya, newly arrived in the city on a quest of her own, soon finds herself drawn headlong into a web of intrigue and lust because, it seems, she has just found the perfect man: a gorgeous Swedish seafarer called Axel. Nadya wants him for a lover but so, too, does everyone else. Things are further complicated by escalating hostilities between Russia and Sweden and it isn't long before treachery and sedition add to the sexual tensions and intrigues already rife at the imperial court.
The sisters' destination is Steinreich, a tiny self governing principality which, for centuries, has been a haven for some very unlikely refugees. Its inhabitants seem happy to live according to its bizarre laws and customs and Veronica, too, seems quite at home there.
Charlotte, however, dreads to think of what she will be forced to endure for the next month, in order to qualify for her inheritance.