Winter Fire - Malloren, Bk 6 Author:Jo Beverley The Mallorens: — The inimitable Marquess of Rothgar is head of the Malloren family -- four brothers and two sisters. One sister is married, but the rest are fair game... — Through no fault of her own, Genova Smith is in the precarious position of accompanying the Marquess of Ashart to the home of Lord Rothgar, his cousin and mortal enemy.&nb... more »sp; Even more distressing, she and the infuriating rake have been caught in a passionate kiss, forcing her into the dangerous situation of pretending to be in love with the one man capable of stealing her heart....
Caught in an unwanted betrothal, Lord Ashart plays the game to protect a lady's virtue while pursuing darker purposes of his own. To survive, he must confront his cousin and his past, but the passion that ignites between him and Genova threatens everything. With her, he realizes he's finally met his match -- and if he isn't careful, their staged engagement may turn into something deliciously real....« less
The saga of the Mallorens continues in this terrific story of the Marquis of Ashart and Genova Smith. The setting is Rothgar Abbey over a Christmas season. Ashart and Genova has been forced into a false betrothal to protect her reputation. Ashart and Lord Rothgar have been mortal enemies for many years and have not been in each other's company in as long. This is Jo Beverley at her best.
Nicely written, this piece will hold your attention from page one. Although it heavily involves the Malloren family and knowing the previous tales & characters involved enhances the story, it still stands quite well on it's own.
So far, this is the most fun story of the Malloren series. I enjoyed the fun and comraderie of the hero and heroine. I suppose part of my enjoyment is because I knew all of the other characters in the story and their relationships. A good, enjoyable read.