by Kelly McClymer

October 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7469-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Sean McCarthy, Lord Blarney sets a plan into motion when he climbs into Kate Fenster's bed and compromises her virtue, forcing a holiday wedding. He knows that wedding her will strongly benefit his tenants and family in Ireland and abroad, as her dowry is sizable and substantial. He also has a more personal reason for needing her monies.

When Kate learns of her fate and the lengths to which Sean has manipulated her, she isnít very upset. This all changes when he leaves her on their wedding night and they do not reunite for five long years.

When they do reunite, sparks fly. Kate assumes that Sean was merely after her money and has some serious concerns about why he ever married her in the first place. Sean has his own reasons, but cannot easily confide these in Kate.

The Twelfth Night Bride never captivated or grabbed me at all. Seanís thorough manipulation of Kate from the outset could not be called love in my book. His characterization was sometimes puzzling and sometimes downright disturbing. He never seems to be an individual who knows his own mind and he definitely does not seem worthy of Kate.

Kate started out as an interesting character but soon begins to appear needy. The romance was never explored thoroughly and the characters often shied into verbal fisticuffs. I was never convinced that they were each otherís true love.

While The Twelfth Night Bride paints an interesting picture of Victorian-era Ireland, you might want to pass on this romance light and anger rich title.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Bree.

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