by Tina St. John

August 2001
ISBN: 0-8041-1962-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Ivy Books
Mass Market Paperback

With her third book, White Lion's Lady, Tina St. John proves she's here to stay.

Isabel De Lamere's first encounter with her hero is breathtaking. Completely enchanted by his looks and his heroic and gallant behaviour, Izzy, then 8 years old, falls in love with Griffin of Droghallow.

Ten years later, Isabel, who spent the last six years in a convent, is on her way to her betrothed - an Earl chosen by her guardian, King Richard. However, envious and treacherous forces conspire to have her kidnapped by none other than Griffin of Droghallow. He has changed though; there is no more heroic and gallant behaviour from a young golden boy, only raw passion and disillusionment from a fallen angel - a lost soul.

Isabel finds herself captive and on the run. Their forced togetherness and constant danger only increases their ever growing passionate and tender attraction for each other, which erupts in an extremely sensual and symbolic encounter in a small man-made paradise, enchanting and seducing not only Isabel and Griffin but also the reader.

In her third book, Ms. St. John perfects a hero so courageous, dangerous, protective and sensual, readers can't help but fall for him. Not only that, she tops it with a heroine who matches him in all actions and emotions, and creates a perfect balance of exciting action scenes and loving tender ones.

She has perfected a style so comfortable and smooth, I found myself surprised by how quickly I finished reading her latest book. Nothing pretentious about Ms. St. John's writing style either - a voice so assured and light, the reader can just relax and be enchanted by her story.

Tina St. John shows that there is never a need for long-winded illustrations in a good medieval romance novel; only a few well-placed descriptions and symbols are needed to create subtle undertones and meanings and increase the reader's enjoyment in her stories - as Ms. St. John successfully accomplished in this wonderful story.

Reviewed in September 2001 by Kris Alice.

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