From the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of a fashionable London soiree comes an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple…poised to discover the rapture of love.
There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook, Viscount St. Justin, to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself…
Dubbed the Beast of Blackthorne Hall for his scarred face and lecherous past, Gideon was strong and fierce and notoriously menacing. Yet Harriet could not find it in her heart to fear him. For in his tawny gaze she sensed a savage pain she longed to soothe…and a searing passion she yearned to answer. Now, caught up in the beast’s clutches, Harriet must find a way to win his heart – and evade the deadly trap of a scheming villain who would see them parted for all time.
Harriet Pomeroy is a “spinster” amateur archeologist – specializing (read: obsessed) in animal fossils. She obtains the majority of her fossils from her explorations of a series of caves located near her home. The area (including the caves) is owned and “ruled by” the Earl of Blackthorne Hall, Gideon Westbrook.
Six years prior to the start of this novel Gideon “lost” his honor – he was engaged to the local Rector’s beautiful young daughter. One day she goes to Gideon and informs him that she is pregnant. He dissolves their engagement…and she goes home and shoots herself. Everyone – including Gideon’s parents – believed that it was Gideon who “ravished” his young and beautiful fiancee who he discards once she becomes pregnant. Gideon’s honor is besmirched throughout his small hometown – he becomes known as “The Beast of Blackthorne Hall” – as well as throughout the entirety of society. He throws himself into his work (managing his family’s many estates) for the next six years, growing more and more bitter. Continue reading →
From a magnificent ballroom ablaze with lights to an imposing country house steeped in shadows comes a breathtaking tale of an impetuous miss–and a passion that leads to peril…
At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well the risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night. But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel. And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian’s forbidding presence at three in the morning–and thoroughly kissed before dawn.
She was a country-bred innocent–and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine. Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her. And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get…
I enjoyed this book while being annoyed by it at the same time. This book was written in 1993 (from what I can find) while my favorite Amanda Quick book – Scandal – was written in 1991. And it seems as if the characters were re-written slightly to create this book. And I think that’s where my irritation comes in: Emily from Scandal was a delightful clueless spitfire who loved her husband to distraction. Her clueless-ness and her love-blindness make it easy to believe her actions. Prue – on the other hand – spent so much time lecturing Sebastian about his “duties” to his family that it just pissed me off. She never once stood up for him after the way he had been treated by his family (Emily would have given the family a serious piece of her mind) and instead harassed him about what he “should do as the head of the family.”
I did like the fact that Ms Quick makes all of her heroines very intelligent and an expert in some field or the other. In this book Prue is a type of “ghostbuster,” which was delightful. Prue (and Sebastian’s) little adventures were lots of fun and I enjoyed watching the two work together.
It was a decent read, all in all. I’m kind of sorry I read Scandal first – I probably would have enjoyed this book more.
With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.
Driven by dark, smoldering passions and a tragic secret buried deep within his soul, Blade has all of London cowering at his feet, but not Emily…never Emily. For even as she surrenders to his seductive charms, she knows the real reason for his amorous suit. And she knows that she must reach the heart of this golden-eyed dragon before the avenging demons of their entwined pasts destroy the only love she has ever known…
Please note: This review is still in progress.
I’ve had a bad 2013 so far, health-wise.
For me, at least, it’s been very bad. I’ve lost a lot of interest in my hobbies. Medication has had me staring at walls like a zombie.
I read this book for the first time years and years ago. Never able to find it again, no matter how hard I looked. Continue reading →