by Robyn Donald

November 2000
ISBN: 0-263-16752-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Sanchia is quite a complex heroine. The author lets you slowly discover what secrets Sanchia has suppressed over the years.

Caid, the hero, is a powerful sensual man, who would make any woman's pulse race!

The story is set in New Zealand and my imagination was captured by the description of the setting. It is awe-inspiring.

There is another mystery in this story concerning both Sanchia and Caid, which causes suspicion between them. Their passion is explosive but Sanchia keeps holding herself back much to Caid's frustration! He has to try to unravel the secret she refuses to share with him. He also wants to buy her property, which adjoins his. This property was left to Sanchia by her great aunt. She feels she would betray her aunt's memory if she sold it to Caid. He feels it is his right to buy it! Sanchia cannot afford to keep the property, as there was no money left with it.

I enjoyed the plot to this story. Sanchia is an interesting character. The story very much centers around Sanchia and Caid, but there are a few secondary characters to add to the story, like her Aunt and Caid's Mother. The beauty of the New Zealand coast makes you want to be there. The author has a strong style of writing and isn't afraid to tackle any subject as she explores Sanchia's past.

The contrast between the lavish lifestyle of Caid and the working life of Sanchia is very marked in the story. It is interesting to see Sanchia coming to terms with it through her love for Caid.

I enjoyed the story, it is well written. The author manages to mix passion, mystery and double dealing extremely well. Both main characters are likeable and well thought out. My only fault with the story is that it is very short, only 186 pages. I recommend this book as a good read.

Reviewed in August 2001 by Mary.

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