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by Meredith Duran

Genre: Historical Romance
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Victorian England

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Though not as highly adventurous or exotic as her previous novel, Duran's latest, the first of a duet, captivates due to strong characters and a feminist angle on the Victorian era. Her powerful writing style defiantly adds to the appeal. Add suspense and light adventure, and you have a highly enjoyable read.

Spinster Lydia Boyce knows what it's like to try to make it in a man's world of Egyptology. She's intent upon keeping an unblemished reputation for herself and her family, so when her father is accused of passing off forgeries, she's willing to sacrifice her personal reputation to save the family.

She turns to Viscount Sanburne,
a man accepted by society, but a
black sheep and downright dangerous. Sanburne has little use for bluestockings, but he realizes Lydia is actually quite beautiful and smart -- a woman he respects and one he'd like to seduce. Embarking on their quest leads to dangerous situations and passionate encounters, political games and spying, until the shocking truth is revealed and Lydia must decide between loyalty and love. (POCKET, Jul., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: POCKET

Published: July 2009

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