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Beautiful Zoé Bouchard, born into a life of privilege during the Napoleonic Era in France, is blossoming into a woman. The product of une petite liaison between her French father and his African mistress, Zoé lives a life of comfort and love. However, Zoé’s stepmother, jealous of the affections showered upon her by her father, has long resented having to raise a mulatto as her own in French society.
At sixteen and the younger by two years, Zoé ‘s sister Marianne has reached the age to marry. Thus the girls are presented to the mysterious, philandering Comte Julien La Roque de Toulouse. Soon Zoé herself falls prey to the Count’s charms. Seduced by a glimpse of the man behind the title, Zoé finds herself deep in a passionate liaison beyond her youthful understanding.
Desperate to cover her foolish lapse in judgment, Zoé races against time to keep her secret affair from being uncovered. When caught by her cruel stepmother, her hopes of rescue by her father cannot be realized, and she is forced into a bitter bargain. But even as she tries to return the attentions of the Count to her sister Marianne and her impending betrothal, she must fight the truths underneath her own feelings. Her only salvation is to trust the one person who has created the labyrinth of betrayal and tragedy she cannot escape.
A Cinderella fairytale for all time, Zoé takes the reader beyond color and shares the true nature of humanity and passion in a page-turning erotic tale that will keep you reading—and believing that true loves knows no bounds.
Bookswagger: This was an intriguing read. The heroine Zoe came across as strong and loving but she fell in love to quickly with the hero Comte Julien La Roque de Toulouse who I did not find lovable at all in the beginning. I mean dude was a hole. This woman of mixed birth living her whole life having it thrown in her face and having to deal with men wanting one thing from her just chucks it all in for a rich dude over a book of poems. So ya that did not fit my idea of a strong heroine but I guess we all have our weak spots and hers was definitely the hero. Because although she was willing to sacrifice herself and desires for her lovable father, naive sister and the hero, who I did not think earned her love until the “rescue”, Zoe could handle herself it was interesting seeing this weak in love, but strong in every other way woman navigate her way to happiness.
This story took us to an era rarely visited in historical romance, I did get teary eyed and any story that can evoke that much emotion ranks as a good read. I rooted for Zoe although I still think she could have done better in the hero department, he was a man of his times for sure and he did prove himself in the end.
For a different perspective check out these diverse bloggers review on Zoe, here are snippets of their reviews, click the links for more!
Sharonda Sexxy Blogger: ” I felt like Zoe came off as a strong character but not so much. To me for all her *I’m never going to be any man’s whore*, she fell into Julien’s bed quite quickly. She knew exactly what he wanted from her but yet she was able to convince herself for a short while that he was different…I think not? which lands her in a predicament she can’t get out of. ”
Monica Monlatable Reviews : “I would have probably enjoyed ZOE more if there were a better sense of La Roque not only desiring Zoe physically but appreciating her as a person as well. Yes, La Roque had a somewhat shaky reason for not wanting to love a woman; but him wanting so much from Zoe and offering so little in return just wasn’t enjoyable for me. It seems as though all of their physical interactions were at Zoe’s expense and there was no real sense of romance to me. Also, with Zoe being as innocent as she was I found her first sexual encounter with La Roque to be a bit far fetched.”