by Jo Beverley

March 2006
ISBN: 0-451-21788-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Another installment in her Rogue's series, Jo Beverley brings us Simon St. Bride's story.

After living in the New World of Canada, Simon St. Bride decides that it is time for him to return home to England. But his plans are foiled when he partakes in a duel to protect the honor of a lady. One thing leads to another and he soon finds himself honor bound to marry said lady and bring her home to a family who will very likely not accept her. Jane Otterburn is very beautiful, but carries a secret past, one that he is only learning about, but may make it very difficult for Jane to fit in with the ton in London.

Jane cannot believe that she is married to Simon. It is a dream come true. But her dream is tainted by a terrible secret and if ever exposed could ruin the happiness that she has found with Simon, even though he was forced to marry her. And what of his family? Will they ever accept her if they find out about her past and where she truly came from?

Although I enjoyed the setting of this book, as I live close to all of the areas that Ms. Beverley writes about in Canada, I was disappointed in the story itself. All of her past Rogue's books have held my interest from the first to the last word, but I found that I really had to make myself finish this story. It wasn't as smooth flowing and the characters lacked that certain something that I have come to expect in Ms. Beverley's books. Jane really got on my last nerve going on and on about her 'terrible secret' and Simon was no better as the 'totally out of touch male'. When Jane's secret was finally revealed, it was such a relief that it was now out in the open, but that's where it ended...nothing else happened.

I love Jo Beverley's books and will certainly buy every one that I can find, but as far as reading this one again, as I have read her others 2 or 3 times each, I think I'll pass.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Debbie.

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