by Christina Dodd

March 2002
ISBN: 0-380-81963-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

One problem with being a reviewer is that sometimes the sheer numbers of books I’ve read prevent me from immediately recognizing characters in a previous book. For example, it took me several chapters to realize that I was dealing with Garrick Throckmorton, from In My Wildest Dreams, on the eve of his wedding! Well duh me!!!

Being in the “Great Game”, Throckmorton has acquired an injured man, one Stephen MacLean – so badly injured that Garrick has summoned Stephen’s estranged wife, Enid, to try and help him regain consciousness before his death. Enid, needless to say, is not thrilled at the summons!!

Enid and Stephen’s history is slowly revealed as Enid nurses him through a devastating injury, and their relationship takes a strange turn as Stephen awakens – to remember nothing! It’s a scenario ripe for romance, but the surprises keep coming – Christina Dodd is nothing if not challenging to her readers when it comes to plot twists! Enid is a terrific heroine, and her actions are so human – she can’t leave MacLean to his fate, even though he’s treated her so badly in the past. And when her heart starts to become involved she is excited, terrified, and aroused by turns. MacLean himself is word-perfect, attracted beyond the norm to this woman who alternately berates him and nurses him like a child.

It’s a wonderful read – I couldn’t put it down, and left several chores undone so that I could finish this great love story. Throckmorton and his fiancée, Celeste, are important but minor players – nevertheless, the sense of continuity is word-perfect, just as it is in Ms. Dodd’s “Governess” series. I’d also like to say that this book has one of the best tag lines I’ve seen in a blurb in a long time:

“Last time, marriage cost her her happiness. This time love could cost her more.”

Finally, a blurb that does justice to a good book! Dodd fans – don’t wait, it’s wonderful. If you’ve not read any of her books, start with the “Governess” books and move up from there – you’ll be glad you did.

Reviewed in June 2002 by Celia.

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