Title: Untie My Heart
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Judith Ivory
Publisher: Avon, 2002
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Stuart Aysgarth, the new Viscount Mount Villiars, doesn’t know he’s playing with fire when he inadvertently runs afoul of Emma Hotchkiss. True, the exquisite Yorkshire lady is a mere sheep farmer, but she also guards a most colorful past that makes her only more appealing to the handsome, haunted lord. Emma has come to him seeking justice — and Stuart is determined that she will not leave until she has shared her secrets … and his bed. Her clever revenge scheme must fail in the face of his soft words and tender caress — and then he turns the tables on his bewitching adversary, seducing her into a daring deception of his own …
Published 11 years ago, this Judith Ivory novel truly stands the test of time. The writing here is captivating. The characters are so well fleshed out. The romance is breathtaking. I always enjoy a book that gives me insight into something that I didn’t know. This book gives that insight into the minds of con artists. Each chapter is introduced with a snippet from a fictional book, a recipe or an actual quote. Here is my favorite:
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
pinned down by need and moaning for release
or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell you love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be. I do not think I would.
(Edna St. Vincent Millay, “What Love Isn’t”, Lines 9-14)
This book is going on my ‘Best of 2013” reading list and I encourage all of you HR fans to read this fabulous author.
When I read Ms Ivory’s THE PROPOSITION I knew I would be reading her entire list. Since she has not published a book since around 2005,or perhaps earlier, I am delighted that her back list is now becoming available for e-readers. When I tried to find out why she stopped writing the only reason I found was that she had “back trouble”. Truly our loss.