by Candice Proctor

May 2003
ISBN: 0-345-44718-2
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Mass Market Paperback

India McKnight is a very adventurous woman for her time. She travels the world as a travel writer. When she visits the South Sea Islands she needs a guide. Jack Ryder reluctantly agrees to help her.

Jack gets more than he bargained for, as India is a passionate woman beneath her very prim and proper exterior. She is also a very determined woman. Jack is very much the tortured hero type. He is far from willing to help India and when his past begins to catch up with him he uses India as a hostage! This starts an amazing adventure through jungle, and swamp. The pair soon finds that passion smolders between them.

The racy pace of this novel is wonderful. The reader doesn’t get the time to be bored as something different happens in every chapter and the outcome is far from easy to work out. Jack has enemies chasing and tracking him in a mad dash through the jungle.

I enjoyed the story and India’s obsession with her practical outfit for travel writing gets amusing when she refuses to divest herself of a single layer even in the blistering heat! A couple of things did irritate me. The prologue seemed unnecessary because India’s background is well documented throughout the story and the prologue’s description of her father does not really match how she describes him. The other point is, that it isn’t until the final chapters that the reader discovers the era the novel is set in. I think it would have been more helpful had the reader been aware of this in the beginning, in gauging the character of India.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Mary.

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