by Claire Delacroix

May 2001
ISBN: 0-26382731-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mills & Boon
Mass Market Paperback

Annelise de Sayerne wants to marry solely for love but in the twelfth centaury this is not always possible especially for a woman.

Rolfe needs to fall in love but totally mistrusts women. You see, Rolfe is cursed by an evil jinni and needs the help of a kindly jinni to partly allay the curse. Annelise meets Rolfe when her party are attacked by wolves. Both stubborn people, it seems an unlikely alliance when they first meet.

This story is historical but has a large dose of the supernatural throughout the plotline. I enjoy supernatural stories and this is a fine blend between the real world and the magic world. Annelise seems quickly to accept the tale of the jinnis when Rolfe confides in her. As he sets out to destroy the curse, he discovers this is easier said than done!

I liked Annelise as a heroine - she is spirited and determined and a match for Rolfe, who discovers she is far from the biddable woman he expects her to be. It is very much a tale of mystery and magic but has some good fun plots through it as well especially in the scenes between the hero and heroine - plenty of passion sparkles between the couple.

The necessary villain turns up to add tension into the plot. He is a thoroughly evil man determined to have Annelise as his own. But she has other ideas and continues to outwit him although he is a man who swears to get his revenge.

Claire Delacroix makes the tale possible by setting it in the twelfth century, when folklore stories of myth and magic were a way of life.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Mary.

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