by Brenda Joyce

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-77233-9
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Dark Seduction starts off a brand new series about strong, brave men who have been given the task to save Innocents from the demons of which they are completely unaware. With the power to travel through time and extraordinary strength these men take their vows very seriously. They also tend to live very long, lonely lives.

Claire Camden lives in modern day New York and is looking forward to her trip to Scotland the next day. All that changes however, when she finds her book store being broken in to. The first intruder is a strong woman who demands some pages Claire has never heard of. Sheís knocked unconscious only to awake to a rather large man dressed in old fashioned Scottish apparel. This one also questions her about the pages but, rather than threaten her to get them, seems to be more intent on protecting her.

Malcolm of Dunroch is intrigued by the feisty women before him, but he knows he canít leave her unprotected. After yet another intruder arrives, Malcolm whisks her away to his own time. Claire is quite confused to find herself in Scotland and totally stunned to learn itís the 15th century. Danger follows them and Malcolm is determined to keep Claire safe from everyone, including himself.

Malcolm is of the time when itís a manís duty to protect the women, while Claire is a modern day woman who bristles at the insinuation that women are weak. This of course makes for some rather spirited conversations between the two. As this is the first in a new series there is a lot of explaining going on in the beginning of the book, although it didnít seem to happen fast enough for me. The sexual aspects of the story are rather dark at times and I was a bit disturbed by the first sex scene. However I eventually became comfortable with the story and the characters and by the time I turned the last page I was sorry to see it end. There are plenty of intriguing secondary characters whose stories will hopefully be told.

Reviewed in April 2007 by Jackie.

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