by Mary Campisi

December 2006
ISBN: 1-933725-05-2
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Twin sisters separated at birth mature into opposite beauties, one a poor, sheltered young lady, the other a vindictive, wealthy whore. When the same men seek their attentions, the sisters are reunited and set against each other in a tug-of-war to see who will end up the Ďthe maní of her dreams.

When the second son of the Duke of Worthington terrorizes a town by impregnating any woman he can, Meriel is determined not to be his next victim. She has seen what Jaredís affections and lies has done to her friends, but her refusal to fall for his charms and sweet words only inflames Jaredís desire to have her. Fearing for her safety, Merielís aunt reveals the truth about who her real father is and sends her to the estate of the wealthy and powerful Earl of Montrose. When Merielís true social status is revealed, it only increases Jaredís attempts to claim her, but Merielís adopted brother, Anthony, is now also in the running for her affections.

Poor Meriel is unaware that she has traveled into a world of deceit and lust and her torrid adventures are just beginning as her secret twin sister Claire is now her neighbor. Claire is a wealthy young lady but, sheís promiscuous, vengeful and determined to seduce Anthony into marriage while keeping Jared as her lover. Claire despises Meriel and will get rid of Meriel, her competition, anyway she can.

A Lover and a Husband started off very well, but as the chapters turned one in to another, it slowed down and the characters seemed to lose their appeal. Jared was so busy trying to get Meriel into bed while falling in love with her at the same time, that it seemed too syrupy to believe. Claire didnít keep my attention either, maybe because she was so caught up in herself and trying to bed every man in the county, while trying to win the affections of AnthonyÖgive me a break! Meriel and Anthony, well they did seem like a good pair, if Anthony wasnít so suspicious and Meriel to sticky sweet.

All in all, I didnít care for the story line or the characters. The setting and secondary characters were good, but if the main characters donít grab the readerís attention, then the whole book just loses its appeal. Not one of the best books that I have read in 2006, but not the worst either.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Debbie.

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