The Devil's Web - Web, Bk 4 Author:Mary Balogh REKINDLED DESIRE — The last time Madeline Raine had seen James Purnell, she had been but a chit of a girl, and at his mercy. Purnell had held her helpless in his arms -- but protectively above the abyss of her own dangerous hunger for him. — He had left her then, not taking her innocence but taking her heart, as he vanished from England. Since the... more »n Madeline had reigned as society's most dazzling and heartless beauty, making all men pay for one man's rebuff of her.
Now James was back, more handsome and arrogant than ever. And Madeline steeled herself not to fall under his spell again. But she soon discovered that the melting power of passion ignited by love would not easily die...« less
Not her best book, but still good. I believe it is part of a series. There's so much tension between the hero and heroine that it almost makes you tired. It does work out okay in the end, but I was hoping for more. If you like Balogh, it's a good read, but try the Slightly series first.
I have liked everything Mary Balogh has written. This is not an easy book but it comes across as real. James(brother of Alexandra-Edmund's wife from Gilded Web)is complicated, brooding, flawed and guilt ridden thanks to his father. His fear of love and need to punish himself by pushng people away-esp Madeline is heart wrenching. If you've ever known someone who brought out the nasty streak in yourself then you wanted to kick yourself after- you'll understand. I thought MB handled the angst very well.