by Stella Cameron

March 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2148-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Stella Cameron, one of the princesses of romance, is back with another romantic jewel, Testing Miss Toogood.

Fleur Toogood is one of the Reverend Toogood’s five daughters. With the purpose being to find a wealthy husband caring enough to provide for her family, Fleur sets off for a season in London. There, under the sponsorship of the Dowager Marchioness of Granville, she will make her debut in society. Her season might be successful if she can lower her standards just a little and somehow manage to keep her mouth shut.

In exchange for a personal favor, the Dowager Marchioness coerces her son, Lord Dominic, to squire Fleur about town. At first, this arrangement has very little appeal to Dominic. For one, he is not a babysitter, and two – he has some very important sleuthing to do. There’s a madman, the Silken Cat, loose in town, and he’s kidnapping some of the ton’s most eligible ladies and holding them for ransom. Dominic wants to stop the Silken Cat before the kidnappings turn into something more serious like murder. His search for the criminal is hampered by his growing attraction for Fleur, a situation which puts him greatly to the test, and Fleur’s desire to be helpful. Once Fleur starts falling for Dominic, there’s no way that she can let him go after the Silken Cat alone even if it means putting her own life in danger.

Testing Miss Toogood is a thrilling romance novel with the perfect amounts of mystery and danger included. Although the plot is slightly complex, the story flows effortlessly, and it’s due in part to the moving, multi-dimensional characters Cameron has created.

Fleur Toogood is a delightful mix of innocence and worldliness. She’s a flower yet to bloom; while at the same time, she’s a powerful bud who is able to withstand the chilling forces of the darkness. Lord Dominic is an admirable, fearless hero. His confusion about his heart’s desires makes this tale all the more appealing. Dominic’s brother, Nathan, was quite an interesting character as well. The verbal jabs he exchanged with Dominic were some of the most pleasant, light-hearted moments of the scene.

Stella Cameron has an incomparable skill with words. She weaves them into sentences that leave a lasting sense of pleasure upon a reader’s heart.

Reviewed in February 2005 by Natasha.

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