March 29, 2010 3 flames 0

Author: Cara Elliott
Source: Publisher
* I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044654129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446541299
A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham–the Earl of Hadley–is not accused of murdering anything–save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London’s newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl’s proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It’s a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don’t watch their step.

Like I said before, I am picky about my historical romance books. This was a new to me author and I thought I would give it a chance and see if I would be able to add the author to my list of favorites for this genre.
I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t love the book. I loved the balance between seriousness and witty humor that the author created. The romance was nice but not an instant spark for me.  I just couldn’t fall for the couple like the author was wanting you to do. I can’t really point my finger at just one thing.  I am not sure why I couldn’t seem to get into this couple. The writing was great, the characters had flaws that should have kept me interested, but I just can’t get excited about this book. 
Overall it was a great read, but not a favorite read.  I would read the next in the series though to see if it would spark my imagination. 


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