Author: Temple Madison
Length: Novella, 89 pgs
Genres: Erotic, Historical, Western, Menage
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 stars - a good read
Heat: 4 - smoking hot
Jewel of the Delta! Aboard a magnificent riverboat with a scandalous reputation, notorious jewel thief Lady Chablis plans the heist of her career. But the Twilight is a vessel that has other plans, throwing the Lady, by day known as Camille du Peret, straight into the clutches of undercover Pinkerton detectives Beau and Jesse Bannock. Instead of making an arrest, the sexy cowboy brothers capture Camille in an entirely different way, making three-of-a-kind the best hand to be dealt.
This book had a lot of potential with the rich backdrop of the deep south and riverboat glamour behind it. As the story opens the reader gets a sense of the history and mystique of the Twilight and the intrigue that is about to begin with a beautiful, cunning thief and detectives that are not only hot on her trail, but just plain hot! Camille has valid reasons for turning to a life of crime, but we are not certain how she became the "notorious" Lady Chablis, since after all, you are not much of a thief if everybody knows who you are! Likewise Beau and Jesse are not the sharpest tools in the shed when it comes to detective work, and seem more interested in engaging in a threesome mere moments after setting eyes on Camille. The sex scenes, while naughty and erotic, are sudden and seem more like dream sequences than actual events.
Rogues and Riverboats has all the ingredients of a juicy story, but sadly this recipe flops in the end. It appears to be a period piece circa mid-1800s but the timeframe seems out of whack, mentioning the Golden Gate Bridge which was not built until the early 20th century. We are also not told what river they are on, other than a reference to "the Delta", presumably meaning the Mississippi Delta. After awhile I wondered if the Twilight was meant to be an authentic paddewheeler or a modern-day
"theme night" masquerade cruise!
That said, there were flashes of brilliance in the writing, particularly in the dialogue, and Camille's quick-wittedness in making her escape from her captors was entertaining to say the least. You gotta love a spunky heroine! Scarlet O'Hara fans will enjoy meeting Camille du Peret and taking a kinky cruise aboard the sexiest steamboat ever!