by Stella Cameron

April 1999
ISBN: 0-446-60613-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

This is the first in Stella Cameron’s highly successful “7 Mayfair Square” series, and in my humble opinion is the best of them, so far. Perhaps it is because Miss Finch More is not a typical heroine, but is intelligent, not fabulously attractive, and has reached the ripe old "on-the-shelf" age of twenty-nine.

Perhaps it might be because Viscount Ross Kilrood is a dour, brilliant man, who loses his objectivity very quickly when exposed to a little bit of Finch More. Or perhaps it’s because the romance between Finch and Ross grows jerkily and in fits and starts, much like anyone’s might. But most of all it might well be for one of the most erotic love scenes I can remember reading, involving black lace!!

Stella Cameron has thrilled her readers for years with her sensual encounters, and this book certainly rises to the top of the list! Finding so much to like in the characters of both Ross and Finch probably helps the excitement along – when we are involved with the lovers, their affair becomes more meaningful.

The assorted secondary characters are vivid and eccentric, as befits folks who will get their own tales told in subsequent books. Yes, Sir Septimus Spivey makes his first ‘haunting’ appearance, but rather than the irritating presence he becomes in later books, here he performs his role as Greek Chorus/Catalyst in exemplary fashion. Speaking of fashion, my paperback copy also included some lovely photos of wedding gowns of the time at the end of the book, which were a very pleasant way to close the story.

If you’ve read any Mayfair Square stories, you’ll be familiar with the settings and a few of the characters, but please do not miss this one – I’m still waiting for another story in the series to catch fire like this tale.

Reviewed in December 2002 by Celia.

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