by Cathy Maxwell

August 2005
ISBN: 0-06-074057-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

After meeting the enigmatic Alex Haddon in Temptation of a Proper Governess, readers hoped that author Cathy Maxwell would give him a love story of his own. She has fulfilled those wishes with the first book in a trilogy - The Price of Indiscretion.

Alex Haddon has dealt with rejection his entire life. First as the renegade son of a British General, then as a man of independent nature and the burning desire to answer to no one. Acting as captain aboard one of the ships he co-owns is a perfect occupation. He has loyal men serving him, and if he chooses not to settle down, the sea can demand his attention. It is his past that haunts him. A past that held both pleasure and pain.

As the granddaughter of an earl, Miranda Cameron knows her duty. She must travel from her home in America to make an advantageous match. Her sisters are depending on her success. She has found an impoverished noblewoman who has agreed to act as her entree into society, and she has booked passage to England. She must put her past behind her. That youthful romance with a young half-breed brought her nothing but pain.

When Alex and Miranda encounter each other in the Azores the sparks really fly! Alex cannot believe that Miranda would sell herself to the highest bidder on the marriage mart. Miranda is amazed that the Indian youth she once loved has grown into a man of consequence and prosperity.

The Price of Indiscretion has a number of intriguing elements, and starts the Cameron sisters’ trilogy off well. I had a bit of trouble relating to Miranda and Alex. I really did not like his bullying tactics and she was overwhelmingly indecisive, in my opinion. The book is well-written, however, and I am very interested to see how the next story will turn out.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Paula.

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