Reviewed by: Brenda
I think the biggest advertisement about this one is that we have meet the characters before. Spenser Heatherington is from "The Sherbrooke Bride" and Helen Mayberry is from the hit novel "Mad Jack."
Spenser becomes aware of Helen at the Sherbrooke's home. He is dazzled by her beauty and size and decides later to seek her out. Unbeknownst to him she has been plotting to meet him as well, but not for the same reason. Spenser's desire is to get her in bed by afternoon. Helen's desire is to make him a partner in her treasure hunt for King Edward's Lamp. Although flattered by his attention, she has her reasons for wanting to keep it strictly platonic.
I was really looking forward to another Coulter masterpiece. I was impressed with the characters and the treasure hunting mystery; having a chance to meet up with the Sherbrookes once again was a treat. The only thing I was disappointed in was the amount of story time spent on Spenser and Helen's sexual antics. I understand the premise of the story is discipline, which is what Spenser over heard Helen and Lady Sherbrooke discussing, but I felt sex and discipline with sex was over the top. Catherine Coulter is too talented a romance writer to depend on erotic love scenes to make her book. Although my thoughts lean toward too much sex in the storyline, I did enjoy the adventure of King Edward's Lamp and all those involved in it. Ms. Coulter's characters are colorful and fun and the atmosphere a historical work of art.