by Gaelen Foley

April 2008
ISBN: 978-0-345-49669-0
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Princess Sophia of Kavros is in danger. Her carriage has just been halted and men are trying to kidnap her. Sophia knows she has to get away else it will be the end of the royal family and it will mean that her island home will face terrible destruction. Fleeing into the night, she finds refuge at a small cottage where she catches the eye of the cottage’s tenant, Major Gabriel Knight. He mistakes her for a servant and hires her but he does not know the truth, that Sophia is a princess.

Fighting a fierce attraction to the brooding and protective Gabriel, Sophia longs to get to know him better. But she also knows she has a country to put to rights and that is her priority. After a very amorous night together, Sophia flees from Gabriel and back to her guardsmen. Gabriel is left feeling forlorn and angry, that is, until he gets a mysterious new assignment that leads him straight back to Sophia’s arms.

Unfortunately, while I longed to lose myself in this story as I have with previous Gaelen Foley stories, I just could not. While Gabriel and Sophia certainly had wonderful chemistry and a tempestuous relationship, the rest of the story was just fairly flat. Gabriel must protect Sophia from the enemies trying to kill her, all the while fighting his feelings for her. It just became somewhat repetitive. Sophia and Gabriel were also not thrown together often enough for my reading tastes. They had a relationship at a distance.

I am always happy to read a Gaelen Foley novel but this book just did not live up to the wonderful romances that made up the first two books in the Spice trilogy. However, it is always nice to spend time with the Knight family, and even when Foley is not at her best, she is still an interesting writer to explore.

Reviewed in April 2008 by Sarah.

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