I was completely riveted to this tale of blossoming love and personal hardship within the hostile environment of Australia's penal colony. The history was realistic and well-researched, and the plight of prisoners, especially female prisoners, was unimaginable. I loved Bryony and Hayden; their impossible situations had my emotions swinging all over the place. I ached for the suffering Bryony. Their growing attraction, sizzling hot sexual tension and unusual setting made this an exceptional romance. I highly recommend it with 4.5 stars.
After the accidental death of Bryony's husband, being torn away from her 3 yr old daughter, and death of her 5 mo. old son while in prison leads her to, Hayden St. John. (I envisioned Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia *wink wink*) He as her master and she as his servent. With the tragic events in her life, Bryony, has little to live for however she endures in hopes of returning to England for her daughter. The attraction and sexual tension between Bryony and Hayden are equal on both sides, but her pride refuses to give in. From there you go through several events of their tug of war of wills. It gets to the point where you say to yourself, "Can you just do the deed already?" However when Bryony does give herself to him, it's hot and it's sexy and you forget the repetitive tug of war of wills.
It's a wonderful story where you sympathize for the heroine, but you also admire her for the strength to go on and envy her for the handsome hero wanting/lusting and eventually loving her.
It's the first book I've read by Candice Proctor and definitely not my last.
Really good romance. Loved it.