Book Review

by Teresa Medeiros

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1800s England

2013 Historical Love & Laughter Nominee

RT Rating

Medeiros is magic! Her stories are highly romantic and sensual, yet tinged with enough humor to make readers laugh and enough poignancy to bring a tear. No matter the time or place, her marvelous romances resonate with joy.

After his bride runs off with his scapegrace brother, reserved Max Burke decides being a rogue is better than being the nice guy. A duel gets him into the trouble he’s been looking for and sends him fleeing London for a Cornwall estate. Anne Spencer has been able to care for her makeshift family as housekeeper of Cadgwyck Manor, because the few people who come to live at the manor quickly leave. Suddenly, the earl arrives and throws her plans into disarray. Max finds the prim housekeeper enchanting, and she is pulled toward the sadness and passion she senses in him. As Max becomes determined to solve the mystery of the manor’s ghost, Anne sees her scheme turn to dust. The problems that arise are nothing compared to the passion and the startling revelations they encounter. (POCKET, Feb., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: POCKET

Published: February 2013

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
(3 ratings)

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The Temptation of Your Touch

Submitted by Robin in PA on March 21, 2014 - 9:42pm.

After his fiancee left him at the altar to marry his brother, Maxmillian Burke wanted to be left alone. Moving from busy London to Cadgwyck Manor in Cornwall seemed like a good idea. But when he arrives, he finds the estate is run down, the servants are lazy, and the nearby villagers claim there is a ghost. Housekeeper Anne Spencer wastes no time telling Max about the death of the beautiful Angelica who is said to haunt the manor. While Max sees Angelica's portrait and is intrigued by the story, it is his housekeeper that makes him want to give love another chance.

Anne and her staff are determined to drive Max out of the house, just like they did with the previous Lords of the Manor. They purposely grind dirt into the carpets, leave a layer of dust on every surface, and try to make life very uncomfortable. But Max doesn't complain about the dingy manor house or the food that is unappetizing. And he finds the ghost the haunts the manor gives him something more to think about in his dreary life.

I thought the story had some enjoyable moments, mostly from the antics of the servants. But the pace of this book is so slow it almost put me to sleep. My rating: 3 Stars.