by Janet Lane Walters

February 2004
ISBN: 1-58608-392-9
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Nicola Gordan is bid by her dying father to take her sisters to England and marry the Earl of Denmere. Her evil cousin tries to force Nicola to marry him, so that he can keep her working as appraiser of the gems he buys and take her youngest sister to his bed. Nicola and her sisters flee to do just what her father wanted and escape the cousin. Though the Earl is a hard and loveless man, he is the lesser of two evils. Nicola hopes to find her true love in him but how can she melt the heart of a man who wonít stay around?

Gemstones, is your typical boy with bad childhood, grows to bitter man and girl with loving childhood sent to make man whole romance. I love this type of story. While the basic story line is oft-used, it is given added intrigue with the evil cousin following Nicola and her sisters. There is the inability of the hero, Drew, to believe in love and this, of course, hurts Nicola often. The danger forces Drew to come to terms with his true feelings, but thatís not the end of the hurt. While the ending with regard to the evil cousin was actually anti-climatic, this story was well written and kept me reading. However, it was completely littered with editing errors. There were constantly punctuation marks missing (quotations where the hardest for me to overcome) and incorrect words (out instead of our, whine when it should have been wine). These errors kept tossing me out of a story I would have truly enjoyed. If you are able to look beyond punctuation and words used out of context, then this will be a great regency romance for you to enjoy.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Vikky.

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