By Stephanie Laurens
Cara Sutcliffe, whose late husband
was an ambassador, is knowledgeable in the ways of 19th century
Richard Anstruther-Wetherby, rising
star in Parliament, needs a wife to ensure his success in the political
area. He is a member of the Cynster family and has set his sights
on Caro's 19 year old niece, Elizabeth. Unfortunately Elizabeth
is in love with someone else.
Caro intervenes, instructing Elizabeth
in ways of behaving which are not becoming for a politician's wife.
The plan is successful. Michael abandons his pursuit of Elizabeth,
and instead Caro becomes the object of Michael's pursuit. While
Michael is attempting to persuade Caro that she is his ideal bride,
several attempts are made on Caro's life. It becomes necessary for
Michael and Caro to discover who the mysterious assailant is before
they can come to terms with their lives.
This is a view of society in early
19th century London with the main characters, two very confident
people, challenging each other. The atmosphere and the manners of
the people portrayed evoke the spirit of the times.
The plot is involved and moves at
a reasonable rate with the characters personalities undeveloped.
If you are looking for a book which
contains sexual encounters with no detail omitted then this is the
book for you. There seem to be more pages devoted to the encounters
between Caro and Michael than there are pages devoted to the story.
Laurens has perfected the technique of steamy scenes with no detail
unwritten. I found that I was skipping pages devoted to these scenes
in order to follow the story and the character development (which
is minimal) . . .
This is a quick read with little substance.