Below is the bib from teh back of the book. It was an OK book. The back cover is Extremly more intense and dramatic then the story really is. In fact in many cases I found the back cover discription not even close.
Still all in all its an ok story
They call her the porcelain princess with her fargile beauty and regal bearing. The Duchess of Warneham knows how to keep her admirers at a distance. Twice wen and twice widowed, Antonia has vowed never again to marry never again to surrender her freedom. But when her husbands death is deemed suspicious and his long lost Heir returns to seize control of the Dukedom, she finds that fate has placed her future in yet another mans hands, but not just any man.
They call him a cold hearted bastard Deep in Londons docklands, Gareth Lloyd runs Neville shipping wiht an Iron Fist. Unrecgnizable as the starving oprhan who was abandoned by his family and sent an ocean away from home. GAreth has put his troubled past behind him that is until the Duke of Warneham is murdered and Gareth turns out to be the dynastys last living heir. Wrenched from his solitude, Gareth neigth wants nor needs the honors and obligations of nobility, especially the Dukes all too tempting widow-- or does he.
Interesting story, well told. Complicated, flawed, characters - yes, you really do care about what happens to them. I do believe this is one of Ms. Carlyle's best efforts. I look forward to her next book.
Ah, now *this* is the Liz Carlyle I know & love! Ever so much better than her "Never Lie to a Lady".
This tale holds your attention from start to finish. Although it's rather dark, it's never oppressive, and the irrepressible Kemble adds enough levity to balance it all beautifully.
The author has a true talent for visualization and although these characters have damaged souls, she never presents them as weak or cruel. They are very charismatic and appealing.
I loved this book! I think her books are getting better and better. Don't pass this up. It has a good story line with a twist that I didn't see coming towards the end. The sex is steamy but doesn't overshadow the story.