Ivy, Oct 2002, 6.99
In 1813, Raven Kendrick plans to marry the much older “safe” Duke of Halford to honor a pledge she made to her mother at the latter's deathbed. Raven vowed to marry nobility so after her mother died she left Montserrat Island in the Caribbean to live with her great aunt and grandfather.
On the way to the altar, Sean Lassiter abducts Raven, vowing vengeance for rejecting his courtship. Sean takes Raven to his brother's successful gaming parlor. The sibling Kell keeps Sean from raping Raven, but believes she is a temptress until he learns she is a virgin when he almost beds the doped woman. Kell takes Raven home and he proposes to protect her reputation. She surprises him with the story she tells her relatives but accepts Kell's offer. As they become better acquainted their passion turns into love, but external interference and their own mistrusts and doubts leave their relationship heading to the rocks.
ECSTASY is an exciting historical romance starring two powerful lead characters though Kell's disbelief of his beloved seems out of place for someone of his intelligence. The story line is loaded with action and the secondary cast augments the tale with a flavoring of the era and by meddling in the lead couple's relationship. Nicole Jordan provides a wonderful Regency tale that sub-genre fans will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner