by Regina Scott

June 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7485-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Cassie Bentbrooke has inherited her late father’s love of the stars. Devon Sebastien has a heritage he needs to claim. And the secrets Devon is keeping revolve around Cassie’s father’s astronomical journals.

So begins this Regency tale of love and hidden desires. I must confess it took me a while to really begin to enjoy this story, mostly because Cassie’s brother returns from the Continent, and is such a raving horror that I got rather cross at Cassie for even putting up with him, not to mention going along with his plans. I’d hoped she’d have enough backbone to walk out on him and not let him use her.

However, as the story developed, Cassie’s attraction to Devon began to unfold, and the delightful romance growing between these two offset my strong dislike of Bentbrooke. The plot is complex, but the romance is charming, with Cassie’s near-outrageous independence a fine match for the handsome and charming rogue that Devon appears to be.

And this is, after all, why we read romances. To see how long it will be before Cassie succumbs to Devon’s humor and affection. And to see how events will progress and ensure our favorite couple the happy ending they so richly deserve. Starstruck will definitely appeal to those folks who like a Regency with the added twist of astronomy and stargazing tossed into the mix – I can’t help but be reminded of Susan Wigg’s outstanding tale Halfway to Heaven which also features a heroine slightly ahead of her time and interested in astronomy.

It’s lovely to see women in historical romances given a little credit for all the brainpower that they undoubtedly possessed, but were seldom permitted to mention.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Celia.

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