I enjoyed this book, but it did only get 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars because it was just missing a little something. I did think the story was great, but it was a little slow going at first (or I was just tired) and it took a bit for the story to actually start getting "good". It's a definite reader if your a fan, but just not as good as other books of hers that I've read. The plot seemed a little forced, but the characters had some fun lines that are typical for a Lindsey story. Overall good read.
historical romance was good read in night.
Plot twists abound in this melodramatic tale of revenge, families torn asunder and (of course) true love. Set in Regency England, the story opens as Sebastian Townshend, the heir to an earldom, reluctantly takes part in a duel with his best friend. After unintentionally killing the man, Sebastian, now disinherited by his father, leaves England and adopts a new identity as a brooding mercenary called the Raven. Sebastian's Raven persona is so over the top that it's almost laughable (at one point, he fells two burly bodyguards merely by knocking their heads together), but Lindsey (A Loving Scoundrel, etc.) gives her hero enough magnetism, sexual appeal and human flaws to make his romance with 23-year-old bluestocking Margaret Landor believable. Margaret has hired Sebastian to investigate the truth behind the numerous "accidents" that have befallen his father, who also served as Margaret's guardian. To carry out this assignment, Sebastian returns to England, pretending to be Margaret's husband. When they arrive, a series of clues keep the young couple hopping, while their passions lead them to consummate their pretend marriage. One might quibble that the story's final twist comes out of nowhere and that the protagonists are really modern characters in Regency guise, but Lindsey writes with such gusto and warmth that her legions of readers are unlikely to object.
This was - without a doubt- Johanna Lindsey's best Regency romance.
Very interesting story line, good character development (a tortured hero), a few unexpected twists and turns, and of course, the requisite happy ending. A very satisfying book - highly recommended.
I had not read a Johanna Lindsey book in a long time and I was really excited about reading this one. It was dissapointing. To me, it started slow and it just did not get any better. I made myself finish it but was skipping some of it along the way. I liked the characters but they did not click in my opinion.