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Sweet Charity - by Belle Sloane
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Category: Historical American
Length: Novella
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Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory 1910

Ever since Charity Blythe lost her parents a year ago, her grief has thrown her life into turmoil.  She had been talked into an arranged marriage to Edwin Payne, the adopted son of her aunt and guardian, Berthe.  Berthe controls her inheritance.

The story opens with Charity once again unable to please her betrothed Edwin in the bedroom.  All the blame rests on her, and none on her self absorbed betrothed. 

He sends her to a doctor to help her discover her problem, the incomparable Dillon Ramsey, MD, who learns instantly that Charity is definitely not the problem.  Part of the examination and “treatment” is showing her how to pleasure herself, thus opening the door to Charity’s sensual awakening. 

He also realizes that Miss Blythe has gotten under his skin, because after she leaves his office, he can’t stop thinking about her.  A woman like Charity might even cause him to end his self imposed exile from the possibility of true love. 

The consummate bachelor front is just a cover-up.  He’s avoided commitment since ex-fiancée Lucy, left him at the alter two years prior.

Charity and Dillon’s paths cross again soon thereafter when she takes a spill from her horse when riding out on the bosque.  He brings her back to his practice to see to her injury, but sees to a lot more than her sprained ankle, and they become intimately closer. 

After he has touched her, Dillon becomes possessive, and questions her about her betrothal.  Why has it taken place at all, as her and Edwin’s association appears loveless and strained.  Charity explains the inheritance conundrum, and her aunt’s control. 

In spite of him not wanting to get involved, he goes to her lawyer to try to get information so he can help her.  He arrives at the lawyer’s office just as Charity is leaving.  She has learned that there is no marriage clause in the will.  When he confesses why he’s there, she becomes angry, not sure who to trust, and turns her back on him because she sees him as just another person trying to run her life.

Charity also learned that she has a comfortable stipend to live on until the rest of her assets come through at the end of the year.  Armed with knowledge, money and reemerging confidence, she confronts Berthe and Edwin and demands they leave her home immediately.

Alone in her big house, Charity has a lot of time to think about Dillon.  While she is still mad at him, she lapses into a fantasy about them being together.  After some contemplation and self stimulation, she admits to herself that she cares for him.   

In an attempt to get Charity out of his mind, the next day Dillon goes hunting up into the foothills.  On the way back home he is surprised by a black bear, and has the opportunity for one kill shot to save himself. 

In that moment he is struck by the notion that life is tenuous and you my have only “one shot” at true happiness.  He shoots the bear in the eye, killing it, and races back to Charity.  He has to tell her of his feelings and apologize for his attempted interference.  When he arrives at her house, he’s finds Edwin there.  The man is bullying her about breaking their engagement.

Edwin is no match for Charity and Dillon standing in solidarity, so he leaves.  Charity and Dillon enjoy dinner together.  When finished with their meal Charity takes him upstairs and gives him a bath, after which he takes her to bed, and together they bid farewell to her virginity.

When Dillon leaves for work, Charity engages in a happy female pursuit she’s neglected for a long time, she goes shopping.  After helping herself to some new clothes with her newly discovered money, she goes home to discover her housekeeper and groomsman engaged in congress right on her living room sofa.  She enjoys watching for a bit, then goes upstairs to her room.  Her housekeeper Cecilia knocks and enters the room as Charity as she is emerging from the bath.  Cecilia helps her dry off and then helps her understand more about her body, as she and Charity explore each other.

Not able to stay away from Charity, Dillon returns while this is going on, and joins the women.  Both he and Cecilia work together to bring Charity to orgasm.  Cecilia leaves, and Dillon needs to know what the experience meant to Charity.  She tells him it was wonderful in its pleasure, but that it won’t happen again because she realizes she in love with him.   They make plans for an assignation four days hence, a ride and picnic down by the Rio Grande River. 

They become closer and closer through time spent together, and their physical interactions.  They declare their love and decide to marry.  They also decide not to have sex again until after the wedding. 

Dillon leaves after dinner the night before their nuptials.  As she’s getting ready for bed, she hears heavy footsteps on the stairs.  Happily thinking it’s Dillon going back on their abstinence agreement, she arranges herself nude on the bed.  Terror grabs her when the door opens and it’s Edwin.  He kidnaps her, planning to ransom her for the money he and Berthe believe they deserve.

Dillon shows up to the house early the next morning to help get things ready for the wedding.  When he finds the house empty, his first impulse is that Charity has jilted him as Lucy had.  Then he forces himself to calm down, knowing she would never do that and continues his search for her.  Seeing her hat and reticule on the table he knows something is amiss, she would never leave for town without them. 

He runs to the barn and discovers tracks of two horses leaving the property.  He also discovers a tiny rose made of ribbon, a rose from the beautiful nightgown she’d purchased for their wedding night.  His journey is slow and frustrating.  The ribbon rose trail leads him to town, and the warehouse district. 

The trail stops at the last warehouse in the row.  He blasts in when through the window when he sees Charity and Cecilia bound and abused by Edwin and his mother.  He bursts in, and together he and Charity bring them down.  Dillon is shot during the process.  The injury turns out to be only a flesh wound, and after it’s attended to, Dillon insists that the wedding go on.

After they are married, they enjoy a sensual train ride to Colorado, and still more physical delights at their hideaway at the Strater Hotel.

Through each other, Charity and Dillon rediscover confidence, hope for the future, and everlasting love.


To My Reader:  Charity and Dillon came to me in a day dream, and just begged me to tell their story.  They match each other in both charm and sensuality.  I just love seeing nice people get the good stuff they deserve.  Don’t you?  Come join them in their ardent quest for each other.

ISBN: 9781603105392 1603105395 Publication Date: 2010


Review: Sweet Charity by Belle Sloane


Review: Sweet Charity
Author: Belle Sloane
ISBN: 978-1-60310-539-2
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Genre: Historical Erotica
Format: E-Book

Charity Blythe has done what she thought was expected of her but when she cannot manage to please her fiancé in bed she begins to wonder what is wrong with her.

If it were possible she would break the engagement but in order to inherit what her parents left her she must do as her aunt and guardian tell her and that means marrying Edwin.

Doctor Dillon Ramsey is asked by Edwin to find out what is wrong with Charity since the problem has to be her and not Edwin and after a thorough examination he finds                                                                                                           there is nothing wrong with Charity medically but that her issues are more emotional. Can he let her marry a man that doesn’t deserve her?

As Charity and Dillon begin to draw closer to each other Charity soon begins to be the woman she was with more confidence and strength to the point of breaking her engagement to Edwin. But, things are not happily ever after for Charity and Dillon when things go awry for them.

SWEET CHARITY is a perfect title for this book as it was sweet and romantic with one very sexy doctor and an innocent but strong woman who have their ups and downs that keeps the reader entertained. I look forward to what Ms. Sloane brings us next.

Annette gives this book






Blurb: After the death of her parents, Charity Blythe finds herself trapped in a loveless arranged betrothal set up by her guardian.  Her intended is a selfish, thoughtless man who sends her to a physician because he’s unhappy with how she responds to him when they attempt relations. 

Dillon Ramsey, MD helps her unlock the secrets of her body.  Through that self awareness Charity has other realizations as well.  Her mouth watering interactions with Ramsey help her find her way back to the strong, assertive person she was before her parents’ accident.

Review: You have the dilemma of Sweet Charity. In an erotic tale about a woman discovering her body and sexuality, the author Belle Sloane uses a mixture of innocence and sultriness for the main characters Charity and Dillon to perfection.


Sweet Charity

Belle Sloane
Historical erotic romance
Available from Red Sage
ISBN: 978-1-60310-539-2
September 2010


In the 1910 Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory, Charity Blythe lived a horrible life. She had a guardian since the death of her parents. Her Aunt Berthe was her guardian. Edwin, her adopted son, was Charity's fiancé. Her aunt told her that she couldn't get her inheritance unless she married. Berthe chose Edwin for that honour. However, he was rude, crude, and mean. He refused to marry her until he was convinced she could perform her "wifely" duties. When she didn't respond to him, he sent her to a special doctor.

Dr. Dillon Ramsey was unlike any doctor I've ever been to. His job was to test her abilities to respond to a partner. He found there was no problem other than Edwin's ineffective pursuit of Charity. He fell for her himself and, through a series of events, they started looking for answers to this bizarre situation.

This book by Belle Sloane is my first by this author. This book was well written and interesting to follow. There were several surprising events which took place during the book. There was also a ménage which was totally unexpected. Her characters were strong, well developed and totally engrossing. Some parts were, however, a little hard to believe—such as the initial doctor's visit.

The sensuality of this storyline was quite graphic. The story was compelling and very interesting. I recommend this book for anyone who likes historical romance with vivid sensuality. Sloane is definitely an author I would love to read again.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Explicit

Reviewer: Brenda Talley



Sweet Charity by Belle Sloane
Erotic Historical Romance- Sept.2010

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This book was surprisingly moving.  Charity is ashamed of her body because her fiancée, Edwin is rude and vulgar.  But she must marry him or she will not inherit and be left destitute.  But Edwin is turned off by her lack of ‘initiative’ and sexuality.  So he refuses to marry her unless she sees a doctor to find out what is ‘wrong’ with her.  This book explores her sensual awakening as the good doctor, Dillon Ramsey helps her with her problem.  And surprise, they have a lot of chemistry!  (Charity also has a chance to see how people who enjoy sex and respect each other feel.)  When Charity goes out for a ride to break free from her troubled thoughts she has an accident and the Dillon rides to the rescue and their attraction for each other strengthens.  When she overhears her aunt and Edwin in a heated conversation, Charity begins to suspect that her aunt has lied to her about having to marry to retain her fortune.  She decides to take charge of her life and check the will.  Meanwhile Dillon also suspects something is wrong and is determined to find a lawyer to check after Charity’s best interests.

This story gives whole new meaning to ‘playing doctor’ and Dillon and Charity have a lot of fun.  The hero was very heroic!  I enjoyed reading as poor Charity realized what an  a##  her fiancée is and gains the self confidence and self respect to get what she wants and not let others choose for her.   Even though this was a short story I felt it was complete and the characters were fully fleshed out.  The author does an expert job of making you care for them.  I liked Dillon because while he is masterful in the bedroom he never seemed overbearing or pushy.  He was the perfect knight in shining armor to a damsel who decided she would take control of her own life!   This story has a lot of scorching scenes and there is a short f/f scene.

This was a delightfully decadent and thoughtful story from an author that I will be keeping an eye out for. I loved it.  It has a real plot, dastardly villains, and a lot of sizzling sex to keep your attention.   Oh, yeah!

Reviewed by Steph form the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

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