Avon (Harper Collins US)
Date: April 2003
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Historical Romance [1806 Southern England]
Rachel A Hyde
Notes: explicit sexual content
de Lacy has just arrived back from an extended continental tour
when she is given the terrible tidings by her father that he has
lost not only the entire estate, but her as well to a total stranger
in a card game. An independent lady who is used to having her own
way and organizing people, she soon concocts a plan to change places
with her much quieter cousin Eleanor. Thus while Eleanor is dispatched
to London to try and reason with Mr. Remington Knight, Madeline
ends up working as companion to the formidable Lady Tabard's young
daughter. The Tabard family is staying at a nearby house for the
Game of the Century, a gambling extravaganza and soon Madeline is
going to learn two things - one, that it looks as though her father
is on his way to play and two, that the man she went on her Grand
Tour to forget is also there.
With practiced style, Christina Dodd
lights the torch to paper and the tale sizzles into exuberant life.
You've got the lot in here - romance, sex, humor, danger and a good
yarn. Reading it reminded me why I enjoy historical romance so much.
Ms. Dodd has created a memorable character in Madeline, who is far
from being a demure young miss. She proves a worthy opponent to
the masculine and driven Gabriel. There is always something going
on in this book, but it is the humor which I think is the true secret
of making this sort of thing work well, as light entertainment isn't
light without it. I think that the title is rather unfortunate.
I nearly didn't request to review it as it sounds like the sequel
to another book, but this is the main moan I have here and it is
a slight enough one. In fact, I very much hope that the next book
involves the surely equally fascinating exploits of Eleanor as she
fends off Mr. Knight. If you enjoy historical romances you are sure
to more than like this one.