To save the family lands, Liam goes on a quest to London to retrieve a "beastie." Legend tells of an ugly beast created with sapphire and rubies, which has a giant emerald buried inside it. It rightfully belongs to his clan, and if he can steal it back from those who took it, all will be well.
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He meets Ellen, a woman whose young daughter is slipping more and more into a fantasy realm. Liam confides his plan to Ellen. Desperate to help her little girl, she betrays him and goes after the priceless beastie herself.
How these two outsmart each other and attempt to locate each other and reconcile after the betrayal makes for an enjoyable read. Sensual, with a remarkable hero and truly memorable heroine.
The review of this Book prepared by Kayelle Allen
Pocket, Feb 2004, 6.99, 384 pp.
Even though it is 1816 and a few years have passed since the armed combat ended, Navy Captain Liam Lockhart still suffers from battle fatigue. However, he has other concerns besides his nightmares as his family is broke. He agrees with the proposal to steal back a gold beastie heirloom from the English branch of the family for the Scottish Lockharts to sell.
In London in the house where he rents a room at usury rates he meets nine year old Natalie, granddaughter of his nasty landlord. Through the child who constantly visits him, Liam meets Ellen, the lass' mother. Liam falls in love with Ellen, but she seduces the location of the heirloom from him and steals it to insure a future for Natalie. Liam is filled with rage and a need of vengeance for he allowed passion to hurt his family and devastate his honor. He will follow Ellen's trail to wherever it leads, for he will regain the beastie and avenge the betrayal.
Readers will appreciate this exciting Regency romance in which a sailor scorned is someone to beware of as Ellen will learn. Natalie is too precocious though readers will understand her need for any companionship beyond her mom. The lead couple is a delightful duo, who make the tale, as Ellen feels bad for what she did to the man she loves, but like any lioness feels her first priority is her cub.
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner