Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group, 2000
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Bribed by Kyle, his twin brother, Dominic Renbourne agrees to take his twin’s place for a few weeks at Warfield Manor, where he is to pay court to Lady Meriel Grahame, the orphaned heiress Kyle intends to marry. The last thing Dominic expects is to be entranced by a silent sprite whose ethereal beauty is as intoxicating as the flowers and trees that surround her.
For much of her life Meriel has lived outside normal society, finding joy and peace in her garden, safe from the nightmare that nearly destroyed her as a child. She is content with solitude until the handsome intruder begins to inspire dreams of life beyond her sanctuary. Despite his longing, Dominic’s sense of duty keeps him away from his brother’s future bride, but Meriel’s untamed spirit proves more powerful than Dominic can resist . . .
I do love a book with a strong character study and this book is all about character. Yes, but the plot is well done too. There is action, drama, suspense and of course a fabulous, slow developing romance. Add a surprise and you have a can’t-put-down, utterly satisfying read. I love a book that gives more than I expected; a book that is written intelligently and with craftsmanship.
This is my second Mary Jo Putney book, my first being SILK AND SHADOWS reviewed here. When I reviewed that book I knew I wanted to read more by Mary Jo Putney and now after reading this book I’m convinced that I will read her entire back list.