Book Review

SWEET TALKING MAN
by Betina Krahn

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: New York, 1800s

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When businesswoman, suffragette and feminist Beatrice Von Furstenburg will not allow her 16-year-old niece Priscilla to marry 18-year-old Jeffrey, the young lovers arrange for hired thugs to attack Beatrice, so Jeffrey can rescue her. But their plan goes awry and the would-be kidnappers leave Beatrice in a brothel for safekeeping.

Discovering his mistake, Jeffrey asks distant cousin and lawyer Connor Barrow for help. The glib-tongued, handsome Irishman can sweet-talk almost anyone into anything; anyone but Beatrice.

Though he manages to negotiate her freedom and discovers her innate sensuality, Connor has his hands full with Beatrices modern ideas and strong will. There is simply no way she would give up her cause for a maneven one like Connor.

Just the way Connor manages to turn the tables on Beatrice, how she gives the young lovers jobs in a settlement house, and the way her women friends help with Connors political campaign will have you laughing out loud. Ms. Krahn skillfully weaves in a delectable undercurrent of
sexual tension with her delicious and subtle wit for a delightful romance. SENSUAL (Jul., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Bantam

Published: July 2000

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Sweet Talking Man

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 28, 2011 - 7:42pm.

Beatrice Von Furstenberg is a rich suffragette who refuses to give her 16-year-old niece permission to marry her 18-year-old suitor. So, the teens come up with a scheme to stage a mock robbery then a daring rescue of Beatrice's carriage. Attorney Connor Barrow agrees to help out with the crazy plan, never dreaming he would be responsible for Beatrice being locked up in a brothel. When she finds out how she ended up spending time in this brothel, she blackmails Connor into helping women get the right to vote.

I was disappointed with the first half of this book. I didn't care for the heroine and didn't see any sparks between the her and the hero. But, the story did get more interesting and you could finally see the relationship forming. My rating: 3.5 Stars.