THE DEVIL`S NECKLACE
by Kat Martin

August 2005
ISBN: 0-7783-2199-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback
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Grace was on a mission Ė a risky mission to save a man she barely knew: her father. If her plan was to be successful then Grace needed to be out of London and on a packet sailing North.


Captain Ethan Sharpe has one last mission before he leaves a career as a British privateer to assume his duties as the Marquess of Belford. There was revenge to be had, beginning with a particular passenger aboard the Lady Anne, and Ethan wouldnít rest until he saw it done. Ethan knew Grace was responsible for the escape of the man who had betrayed him to the French, subsequently costing Ethan his ship and his crew. He thought he knew Graceís entire identity; she was the traitorís mistress and until he could find the escaped turncoat then Grace would be the one to suffer.


When Ethan stole Grace away from the Lady Anne she knew the time had come to pay for her transgression. She soon found out that Captain Sharpe had made himself her judge and jury, and that he had her punishment already arranged. But Grace has no intention of making it easy on the captain. She is a smart woman and is resolved to remain as innocent as the day she was abducted. What will happen when two people who are equally determined to have their own way clash? Has the necklace given to Grace by her dear friend begun to live up to its legend? It may have brought her friend Tory great joy, but for Grace it has brought pain.


When Grace is finally released she knows her life will never be the same. Victoria Easton cannot tolerate seeing her friend so unhappy. Since her husband Cord is Ethanís cousin, he will make sure that Ethan does right by Grace. But the captain canít forget the ties Grace has with the man responsible for the horror of the past. How long will Ethan be blinded by his thirst for vengeance? Can he escape its clutches before it is too late? Ethan thought he had it all figured out. He hadnít planned on facing the man heíd become and having to make a choice. What is more important, his need for retribution or his family, friends, and the only woman he has ever loved?


Once she decides to accept her feelings for Ethan, Grace is firm in her quest to win his love. Unfortunately, as things are going along very well, fate, or the legend of the necklace, intervenes once again. Stubbornness, pride, and adversity conspire against Ethan and Grace. Is their love strong enough to triumph over the curse of the necklace? Can the curse be turned around and become a blessing? With Ethan and Graceís determination, nothing can stop them.


Kat Martin writes romance that stays with the reader long after finishing the book. The Devilís Necklace is the second offering in her new trilogy. Familiar characters make an appearance, but if you havenít read the first book, donít despair. The Devilís Necklace can stand on its own without the reader feeling like she missed something. Fans of historical romance will fall in love with Ms. Martinís newest release. It is without a doubt a blessing that she continues to bring us stories that warm the heart and satisfies the romantic. Her books are sexy, fast-paced, and entertaining. What more can you ask for?


Reviewed in July 2005 by Rho.

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