by Judith Ivory

April 2001
ISBN: 0-380-81296-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Imagine you're stuck in a middle of an English moor with a stud and a half; no one else is around so you proceed to make wild monkey love with him for a couple of days. It's one of those deserted-island concepts that ring a nice bell… so what happens after you're done on the island? Well, you don't have to imagine it because Judith Ivory has crafted a well-woven tale in The Indiscretion.

Lady Lydia Bedford-Browne, having been cosseted by her loving family all her life, decided to play hookie and travel by herself in a common coach across the English countryside, where the only other passenger is a handsome Texan named Sam Cody. A proper but curious English lady, Lydia warily makes conversation with Sam - after all, it's only polite since there's only the two of them in the coach! But the coach crashes due to a drunk driver (who conveniently gets thrown off far away from the crash site) and Sam and Lydia are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Lydia, in for a penny, in for a pound, decides to lose her virginity to the wildly attractive American, thinking she'll never see him again - ever. Eventually, they are rescued and go on their separate ways, much to their dismay. You'll have to read the book to find out who Sam really is and how they meet again!

Sam is handsome, intelligent, rich and great in bed - the prerequisites for a PERFECT hero! He's also determined to have Lydia - in marriage? Hmmm… maybe. Lydia, on the other hand, thought that while Sam was a good enough guy to lose her virginity to, he's not quite the marriage material that she envisioned, despite the above-mentioned prerequisites. As one who is born into English aristocracy, Lydia is filled to the brim with what is socially right, wrong and proper. While her dilemma is understandable, it's a bit annoying to see her continually reject the lovable Sam, who by now is moonstruck over the intelligent, athletic and lovely Lydia.

Ms. Ivory spins a lovely story with two very likable characters. The funny little quotations before each chapter is a great bonus! With an engaging dialogue and no other plot to ruin Sam and Lydia's romance, one can easily go through it in one sitting (if you have the time!). Thoroughly enjoyable to the last drop, The Indiscretion is a highly recommended read.

Reviewed in October 2001 by Veronica.

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