The first meeting between Alexandra Howard and Nicholas Dameron, when they both decide to go for a late night swim in the Governor's pool, is one of my favorite parts in this book and it promises of much more exciting encounters between these two. The storyline is well told and the character development is good. You get to see Alexa swept from her safe haven in Ceylon to the dangerous and worldly playgrounds of the rich in Europe, as a result of the discovery of her true parentage. You see her develop from a rather naive debutante, whose passion was roused by Nicholas, to a fully grown woman, intent on taking revenge against her real father and grandmother. As for Nicholas, we see an arrogant, cold man who at times acts so despicably towards women, yet learning about his past gives you a better understanding of him. And despite the hard exterior, there are some tender moments between him and Alexa, which I found enjoyable. We also see him redeem himself by protecting Alexa from the torture that her father puts him through.
This book deals with a lot of deceit and scandals, and there's a bit of bodice-ripping as well. Having just finished reading Sweet Savage Love, I think that this is a lot tamer.
"every kind of love a woman can be made to feel"
I know it's a good book. I read it years ago with great pleasure. But it's time to pass it along to someone who maybe hasn't read it at all. :) Come enjoy the many facets of love, power and lust with Rosemary Rogers' guidance.