by Johanna Lindsey

June 2005
ISBN: 1-4165-0545-8
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Lady Margaret Landor is on a quest. She has been searching throughout the Continent for Sebastian Townshend, eldest son of her guardian, the Earl of Edgewood. Charming, strikingly handsome Sebastian was once one of the most eligible bachelors in Kent. Itís no wonder Margaret fell a little in love with him. When Sebastian is banished from the family home and flees England due to the unfortunate results of a duel, Margaretís life takes a dark road.

After suspicious accidents begin to plague the Earl, Margaret believes that Sebastianís younger brother and his wife have tired of waiting for their inheritance. The only person she can trust to right the situation is Sebastian, so Margaret sets out to find him and bring him home. However, she will need help tracking Sebastian down so she turns to legendary mercenary The Raven for help. The Raven has a reputation for completing any mission not matter how impossible it may seem. Margaret is surprised to learn that the ruthless mercenary she is about to hire and the man she is searching for are one and the same. However, Sebastian has vowed never to return to England and not until Margaret consents to meet his outrageous price does he agree to return with her.

Circumstances change when Sebastian returns home posing as Margaretís husband and learns she cannot afford to pay his exorbitant fee. But that is not such a problem because the passion that burns between them is worth its weight in gold. Once their passionate affair starts to grow into something more Margaret worries that she may not be able to deter Sebastian from the path he has chosen to follow.

Bestselling author Johanna Lindsey returns to Regency England for this compelling story about love, passion, honor, and sacrifice. Sebastian and Margaret are strong characters that will take the reader along on their powerful journey. Unfortunately, the heroineís often harpy-like nagging is off-putting, but the scanty interaction between the main and secondary characters alleviates some of the problems. While this book is very good it in no way is as good as it could have been. But donít take my word for it see for yourself.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Cynthia.

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