by Jennifer Blake

January 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2170-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Rio de Silva, also known as the Silver Shadow, is unmoved by Celina Vallierís appeal for clemency toward her brother. He is disinterested in her devotion and disrespectful of the fact that a woman has come to dissuade him from a meeting at dawn. Rio is not certain whether her late night appearance at his residence stems from courage or obstinate folly. The one thing he does know, however, is that Celina is a gorgeous creature who sets his blood on fire. A rogue cursed with honor, Rio knew to take advantage of this chance encounter with Celina is wrong, but he canít help himself. Nothing can cure the ache inside of him except the French Creole princess herself.

Celina interpreted Rioís inner struggle as hesitation and lack of interest rather than the clashing of desire and principles. She is not too proud to admit that the conclusion, although erroneous, hurt. Mourning kept her from joining societyís young single ladies in looking for a husband. Her current betrothal was merely an act of business rather than a love affair. Wouldnít it be nice to experience passion at least once before she is sentenced to a life with a man who only cared about the money she would bring him? Her resentment of the ways of the world combined with Rioís insolence is a dangerous alliance. One in which neither participant may emerge unscathed.

Challenge to Honor by Jennifer Blake is a richly detailed portrait of life in Louisiana during the mid-seventeenth century. The main characters come alive under the artistic stroke of this gifted authorís pen. With a hero worthy of our dreams and a heroine women can relate to, this new masterpiece is a boon to Blake fans everywhere. Blakeís anticipated return to the historical romance proves to be well worth the wait. Donít miss the beginning of this new series by beloved author, Jennifer Blake.

Reviewed in December 2004 by Rho.

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