Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN #978-0-06-125242-6
August 2008
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Davina MacLaren is the scandal of Edinburg after being caught in a compromising position. The scholarly young woman has no chance of a normal marriage with her reputation.

Marshall Ross is also known as the Devil of Ambrose. The former diplomat was imprisoned for months in a Chinese prison and still suffers from nightmares and possible madness as a result. He requires an heir, but who will marry a mad hermit?

A marriage is arranged between a young woman tainted by scandal and a nobleman who fears he might be going mad. Their immediate attraction soon leads to something much deeper, but Marshall’s past continues to haunt him.

This is a wonderful historical romance with a bit of a gothic feel to it. Marshall has suffered terribly at the hands of the Chinese due to his uncle’s nefarious deeds, and his haunted by guilt for the loss of his men. Davina’s curiosity about the opposite sex had disastrous results, leaving her a pariah in local society. This is a promising start and the author fulfills all those promises. Their love story is unusual, but passionate and compassionate in turns. It is obvious that there is something more to the madness than Marshall knows, leading to some interesting plot twists. The subplots of Uncle Garrow and his business dealings is very suspenseful. I loved Davina’s Aunt Theresa. I would have liked the Mrs. Murray character to have been a bit more developed; she just sort of fizzled out at the end. The setting of a remote Scottish castle is wonderful, especially with all of the Egyptian artifacts and the mattress padded room. The private asylum is another such remote castle. Davina’s resourcefulness, stubbornness and great love for her husband bring this story out of the ordinary and I will definitely be reading it again.

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