A good page turner. So many blocks for both the hero and heroine that I wondered if the author was going to be able to tie up all the ends. She did, and very satisfyingly, too.
Tyanan and Riana for me were a very intriguing couple. First off, she was more of the rake for their time period. Living down a scandal that truly had such devistating effect on her family was rather incredible. Tyanan who was supposed to have a rakish reputation seemed with the death of his brother a truly changed person. The couple had much to deal with - with their arranged marriage. Riana was so determined to not allow her feelings to be real and Tyanan with so many complicated reasons for wanting to make this a real marriage. The slow patient way that Tyanan "courts" Riana is very real and by the time they are a true couple you feel the love between them. I think the only sad part is knowing what they would have to face down the road - so many many obsticles it is hard to imagine that they had a fairy tale ending after the book ends!
"A dazzling, sensual tapestry...Barbara Samuel proves once again that she is one of the most gifted romance writers." -- Mary Jo Putney, from front cover
Our heroine, Lady Adriana St. Ives is a fallen woman. Five years ago, when her lover cast her aside and publicly denounced her, Adrianan's two brothers fought in a duel for her honor. Having killed the bastard son of the Prince, Julian and Gabriel fled the country to save their own lives. Only when she marries Tynan Spenser, an Irish Earl, do they return to try and save her once again. Arriving too late to prevent the wedding, Julian is incarcerated on the charges of murder. Fascinated by the woman he now calls his wife Tynan vows to help free her brother in exchange for her assistance in aiding him to gain a much coveted seat in the English House of Commons. Finding her a reserved but passionate creature he also vows to win her heart with one kiss a day for a hundred days. With so much at stake, Adrianan finds herself fighting her own womanly urges as her new husband has sworn to reawaken the passion she sees as her fatal flaw. Facing society after five years reawakes her old scandal, and as our couple deals with the animosity she must face for both her brother and to regain her own dignity, as a reader we watch her grow from a wallflower back into the raving beauty that she has hidden so well. But before Tynan and Adrianan can live happily ever after, the secret he guards with his own life must come out.
I really liked the strong female character in this story and the wonderful hero. Great story in a story in a story so that the levels were wonderful to explore and hope for.
Prettty good. But, not half so good as Night of Fire. It's about his sister Cassandra, and BOY is it great!!!
Loved it! Yummy hero, good story.