by Tracy Anne Warren

March 2006
ISBN: 0-345-48308-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback

Tracy Anne Warren brings us her first historical romance. The Husband Trap is the first in her Trap trilogy.

Violet Brantford had always longed for the passionate embrace of Adrian Winter, Duke of Raeburn. The problem that she has is that he is set to marry Violet's more outgoing and vivacious twin sister. But when Jeannette refuses to go through with the wedding, she convinces Violet to go in her place and so the soft-spoken Violet finds herself walking down the aisle and taking vows in her sister's place. Soon, the very society-shy Violet finds herself the wife of a Duke and while trying to keep her real identity a secret, she tries to live out all of the fantasies that she's ever had about Adrian and the life she has always dreamed of.

Adrian thinks he knows exactly what he's gotten himself into, Jeannette may be flighty and a bit self-absorbed, but she's the picture-perfect image of a Duchess and the best choise to carry the Winter name. He soon comes to realize that his marriage of convenience brings more than he had bargined for when he finds his wife surprising him at every turn. He's finding that his outspoken wife has a softer side that is quiet and very enchanting. Although he had never planned to fall in love with his bride, he now realizes that he may have already done so.

I love Violet. She's the perfect heorine, trying to make everyone happy even if it means forfeiting her own happiness in the process. Adrian is the typical male who only thinks of continuing his family line, until he's hit with a curve ball that throws him for a loop. That's the fun part...watching a 'great' man fall to his knees befoe a woman. Even though he's furiour about what Violet has done (when he finds out the truth), he soon realizes that he can;'t live without her and will move heaven and earth to make things right.

Two very different characters coming together to make a perfect couple makes for one hot and steamy romance. Even though Adrian feels that something isn't quite right with Violet, that doesn't stop love from blossoming between these two. The secondary characters are great and add only to the plot and not take away from. The settings are beautiful and very believable. The whole story flows nicely and never leave the reader wanting for more information about past issues with any characters.

Tracy Anne Warren is our newest bright and rising star in historical romance. I predict great things of this wonderful author. Keep your eye's open for her two sequels The Wife Trap and The Wedding Trap. They will be definate keepers for your romance collection.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Debbie.

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