Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Source: purchase, Kindle
Sexy Rating: 5, explicit
Description from Amazon.com:
He called himself Peregrine, the wanderer, and he came to London for revenge…
Like the falcon he named himself for, Peregrine is wild and free, an exotic prince who fascinates 1839 London with his wealth, mystery, and dangerous allure. He emerged from his mysterious Asiatic past to exact retribution for an appalling crime. Nothing and no one can stop him—except perhaps Lady Sara St. James, whose fragile beauty conceals a gentle heart, genuine goodness, and a soul of steel.
Unable to resist his seductive charm, Lady Sara turns away from her ordered life to embrace a man she loves, but cannot fully trust. In Sara, Peregrine sees a chance for a life beyond revenge. But can he keep her without revealing his devastating secrets? Or protect her from the enemy he has vowed to destroy?
The Silk Trilogy:
#1 Silk and Shadows
#2 Silk and Secrets
#3 Veils of Silk
Oh Wow! I loved this novel! It was originally written in 2000 and just rereleased on Kindle. This is my first Mary Jo Putney novel and I will definitely read more.
The villain in this story is so evil. I can’t remember a villain this evil in another Historical Romance. But not to be outdone is the hero, Peregrine, who is out for revenge and becomes obsessed with his quarry. His obsession leads him to all manner of dastardly (did I just write dastardly?) deeds in the name of vengeance.
The heroine, Sara, falls under the spell of Peregrine for he has a magnetic personality and soon she has a broken engagement and is marrying the exotic newcomer.
Putney has developed these vastly different personalities into characters that jump off the page. The secondary characters are ripe for sequels and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them in later books in the trilogy. This is a dark historical romance. There are truly malevolent people and even the good guys have flaws; some definitely more wicked than others.
The romance is not tender and sweet, it is quick and passionate and we are left to wonder if it is just another of the hero’s ploys.
A really good read. Now available from Amazon Kindle for $3.99.