by Jennifer Blake

February 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2454-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

She is Gavin’s first woman. Student, that is.

Madame Ariadne Faucher wants Gavin Blackford to teach her how to fence in order to kill a man. Killing is not the preferred result for a sword master. Yet, the idea of Ariadne on the field with her lack of skill does not promise him peace of mind. As much as he dislikes it, Gavin gives in to her request. What other choice did he have?

Ariadne returns to New Orleans after the death of her husband with one goal in mind: to kill the man responsible for the murder of her brother. She is determined to see it done with or without Gavin’s help. Vengeance feeds her resolve and gives her the courage to do what she must. But it does not protect her from the attraction she feels for the English sword master. If Gavin learns of the secret she holds close to her heart, all will be lost.

Guarded Heart is number four in the Maître d’Armes books. Readers of this series will recognize Gavin Blackford as Nicholas Pasquale’s half-brother. Ariadne, torn between her attraction to Gavin and the need to fulfill her self-appointed destiny, is the perfect woman for him. She is intelligent, passionate, and loyal. Not to mention persuasive.

If you enjoy the history of New Orleans you must be sure to read this series. No one portrays it better than Jennifer Blake. She has rightly earned the admiration and respect of her readers. They know there is a world of enjoyment waiting within the pages of her books. In Guarded Heart the author maintains the high standard of quality storytelling for which she is known. Her charming heroes always delight and the heroines are easy to relate to.

To enjoy the total experience it is best to begin with the first book, Challenge To Honor.

Reviewed in January 2008 by Rho.

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