by Barbara Pierce

May 2004
ISBN: 0-312-98621-1
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Brock Bedegrayne, the eldest of the Bedegrayne siblings, has longed for Amara Claeg, for an eternity. When he discovers that Amara’s parents have arranged for her to wed Lord Cornley, who is both ruthless and depraved, he is outraged but knows there is nothing he can do to prevent the wedding. When he and Cornley engage in a drunken brawl at a gaming hell, Brock’s life, as well as Amara’s, is changed forever when Cornely is fatally wounded and Brock is forced to flee England.

Several years pass and Amara is still haunted by that dreadful night. Her father has now chosen a new betrothed for her and though she feels no love for this man, she knows it is her duty to marry or be disowned. When Brock returns to claim her for his own, Amara’s world is again turned upsidedown. Yet if she surrenders to her deepest dreams, if the past returns to haunt them, their lives will never be the same.

Since I had not read the previous Bedegrayne books, it was difficult to get into the storyline at first. It wasn’t until about halfway through the story that I began to understand the history that Brock and Amara shared and the events that led them to this point in their lives.

All in all, Ms. Pierce writes a captivating story that is full of passion and turmoil. I only wished that I had read the previous books, for if I had, then I would have had a better understanding of the past.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Debbie.

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