by Bonnie Vanak

September 2006
ISBN: 0-8439-5755-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Since he was discovered living among the Khamsin in the desert, Graham Tristan has labored to become the English nobleman of his birth. As the Duke of Caldwell he has retained an air of mystery among the ton. Only his family knows that deeply buried secrets from his past continue to cause havoc in his life.

Without benefit of a traditional English upbringing, there are some gaps in his education and he has not had the same experiences as his peers. Of course, none of them have traveled as a desert warrior, but they have had benefit of an education and sampled the delights of the flesh. Graham has had plenty of tutors to give him a book-based education. Now it is time for his initiation into passion.

Jillian Quigley has made this arrangement with the brothel madam out of desperation. Losing her virtue will put a stop to her fatherís plans of an arranged marriage. Selling it to one of Madamís customers will give her the funds she needs to flee to America. Stifled and oppressed in her fatherís rigid household, Jillian longs to attend college and further her education. She must escape before it is too late.

Author Bonnie Vanak has really pulled all of the themes in her books together for The Panther and the Pyramid. We have two courageous people, both victimized by life, who not only overcome their past, but triumph over it. Graham and Jillian have a difficult journey, but together they can conquer anything. This story captured my attention from the start and held it to the very last page.

Readers who are unfamiliar with Ms. Vanakís other books will meet the main characters in this story, and will be intrigued to read their romances as well. Fans will enjoy the reunions, and will be left wondering what she will write about next.

Reviewed in September 2006 by Paula.

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