Image of Addicted

ADDICTED

Image of Addicted

A wonderful old-fashioned love story is at the very heart of this novel. Agreeably outside of the norm with its damaged hero, it also has plenty of sizzle and emotional clout.

Aristocrats Lindsay Markham and Anais Darnby have known each other since childhood, and Lindsay's always believed they're destined to be more than friends. He's bought a ring and plans to propose when the opportunity to act on his desire for Anais presents itself. Afterward, the time isn't right -- and one of Anais' friends, Rebecca Thomas, sees to it that Lindsay doesn't get the chance to rectify the situation. Rebecca drugs and seduces Lindsay, and Anais sees them together. Lindsay's explanation doesn't satisfy Anais, so she disappears.

Lindsay never stops searching for Anais -- but it's not until 10 months later that their paths cross again. He's desperate for a chance to win her back, but his opium habit repulses her, and she claims that she no longer has feelings for him. But it's what's happened since they've been separated that really stands between them. (SPICE, Feb., 448 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer