Title: Shattered Rainbows
Genre: Historical Romance/Adventure
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Signet, Penguin 1996/2000
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
captivating tale about a lady and an earl who are shocked when a harmless masquerade turns into a shattering vortex of danger and betrayal-and a fiercely passionate love.
The book description hardly gives you a clue so I will elaborate a bit.
Michael Kenyon, the younger son of the Duke of Ashburton, is an officer in the Peninsular War. He is nursed back to health following battlefield injuries by Catherine Melbourne, wife of another officer at the battle. They meet again in Belgium at the battle of Waterloo and again Catherine saves his life. After the war Catherine seeks help from Michael but will their feelings for each other be thwarted by evil?
This novel is written in two parts, The Road to Hell Book 1 and The Road to Heaven Book 2. The Road to Hell is a tour de force of gripping action, romance and adventure. It tugs on the heartstrings and I was moved to tears in the first beginning pages. Ms Putney is so talented in her characterizations; I could visualize her characters as if they were in front of me, as if in a movie. I could not wait until I found out how the plot would evolve in Book 2.
Book 2 was one level of disappointment after another. There were so many fortunate coincidences and unbelievable developments I was questioning if the same author wrote this part. It was totally over-the-top in drama. The characters were acting in ways that seemed false to their nature.
In spite of the let down in the second part of this book this was still an interesting and enjoyable if frustrating read. Mary Jo Putney is a talented author. I will definitely read more of her books.