Avon / HarperCollins
Date: September 2003
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Historical Romance [Setting: London, 1817]
Lynda E. Lukow
Notes: Contains explicit sex and some vulgar language, but
the First Time
By Kathryn Smith
Ryland gained more than physical scars as he fought for his country;
his wounds penetrate his soul. While others call him a hero, he
considers himself an ordinary man who did everything necessary to
survive-even commit murder.
Christian hid from the humiliation of her affianced marrying another
until her brother hosts a celebration. Now she not only has to face
her betraying betrothed, but also the man who saved his life at
still fresh in her memory, Blythe fears trusting another man. Born
as the result of marital rape, Devlin has never known unconditional
love. In For the First Time, two otherwise brave hearts struggle
to find the courage to lay the past to rest and open their lives
to ultimate happiness.
Smith presents an expertly crafted tale of loyalty and love. Her
plot is well developed, and her characters are three-dimensional.
Devlin is seductively magnetic-handsome, noble and sensitive. Blythe
is wonderfully imperfect-strong, independent, and Junoesque. Ms.
Smith earns extra kudos for writing about a heroine with a less
than perfect body. Readers may want to keep potholders nearby; the
intimacies are HOT!