THE PANTHER & THE PYRAMID
Dorchester Publishing Company Inc.
200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016
Rating: 5 cups
As a child, Graham, Duke of Caldwell, saw his parents murdered by Arabic outlaws. They also took him prisoner. Raped by a visiting Englishman to whom he appealed for rescue, he is haunted by horrible nightmares. Found by the brother he had assumed was dead, he returns to England to assume his title, leaving the role of desert warrior in fact, but not in spirit.
Daughter of a viciously sadistic earl, Jillian and her mother are controlled with cruel punishments. She is to wed a distastefully crass politician whose money will replenish the family coffers. In a desperate move, Jillian goes to an elegant whorehouse to lose her virginity, rendering her unfit for marriage. The man who claims her is none other than Graham. His tender care is almost her undoing. When they meet at a ball the next night, the announcement of her bethrothal forces Graham’s hand.
These two terribly wounded souls need each other badly. The passion awakened in their first encounter grows to a binding love. It must withstand the revelation of horrible secrets and savagery. Graham is a wonderful, tortured hero with great nobility and strength that a reader must love. Jillian is most admirable as well.
This is the fourth book in Ms. Vanak’s series about the Khamsin, desert warriors of the wind. I had not read the others, but will certainly look for them now. This powerful story won my interest and sympathies quickly and held them throughout. Romance, sex, violence, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil will keep the most discriminating reader turning pages.
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