Devon St. John, looking to escape the curse of the St. John talisman ring (which brings the curse of marriage to the owner), flees to his friend's home, Lord Strathmore. Devon is put into the only ready room in the castle since arrive in the middle of the night, and wakes up to find a attractive woman in his room. Katherine Macdonald, Lord Strathmore's bastard little sister, is surprised to find a man in her room, and she is even more surprised when he kisses her. Kat immediately lets him know she is not a woman who dallies.
Lord and Lady Strathmore, who are fighting, make a wager, Lady Strathmore betting her sister will get a marriage proposal before Lord Strathmore's sister, Kat, will. As Kat fights the passion that flares between her and Devon, Murien, Lady Strathmore's sister, fights to gain his attention. Devon only has eyes for Kat, thinking his attraction to her would be safe from any marriage pitfalls, but one thing Devon did not think would be that he might want to marry her.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Avon, Jun 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
Devon St. John leaves his brother's wedding early to avoid the family talisman ring being dumped on him. However, he failed to leave quickly enough because the ring has been left in his carriage. So far three of his siblings have succumbed to the magic of the ring, which is find and marry your true love. He hopes to slip it to his only remaining bachelor brother before he becomes caught by its charm.
Devon visits his friend Malcolm MacDonald, who is having spousal trouble with his wife Fiona though he loves her dearly. He sleeps in a chamber until a maid arrives and wakes him up. She claims the room is hers as she turns out to be Malcolm's half-sister Kat. As Devon finds he likes the aggressive Kat, Malcolm and Fiona bet on whether his half-sister or Fiona's sister ends up with the handsome eligible bachelor.
The latest St. John talisman ring Regency is a wonderful romance starring a delightful unique lead female protagonist. The story line moves forward rather quickly when Devon tries to gain the attention and ultimately the love of Kat. While Fiona's sister is too devious and nasty of an opponent, readers will appreciate this warm story and look forward to learn whom snatched the ring before the final sibling Marcus can have its magic enchant him like it does sub-genre fans.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner