Caro Evers is a special healer, and a warrior member of a secret society called The Guardians. War hero,Max Leighton brings his wounded friend to the island of Cyrene, and Caro heals him. Enchanted by the healer, Max can't resist Caro's offer to have sex. Independent and devoted to her life's mission with the Guardians, Caro remains on Cyrene when Max leaves. A year later, they are reunited when Max volunteers to help the Guardians rescue a kidnapped noblewoman. Caro is determined to keep Max at arm's length, believing love and family have no place in her life. And Max is just as determined to prove to Caro that they belong together. During their perilous journey to rescue the kidnapped Isabella, Caro and Max battle the emotional blocks that threaten to keep them apart, and finally realize their love can transcend all obstacles.
This report prepared by Kari Thomas
Ballantine, May 2004, 6.99, 432 pp.
In 1813, Major Maxwell Leighton takes Lieutenant John Yates home to the Mediterranean Isle of Cyrene to die. However, under the healing of Caro Evans, a Guardian of the Sword, John miraculously recovers. Before he returns to England, Mac and Caro make love.
A year later, Max still dreams of Caro and ponders if she would receive him if he journeyed to her island paradise. However, to his elation, Caro is in London to inform Lord Thorne that Lady Isabella Wilde has been captured and probably held in Algiers. As Thorne plans a rescue, Max tries to court Caro, but she rejects his advances though she is extremely attracted to him. The cause to stop tyranny in Europe remains her first love unless Max can persuade her that she can have her quest and him too.
This is an intriguing Regency romance that provides the audience with plenty of suspense through the activities of a pan-Europe group actively thriving to end tyranny. Caro is an interesting lead character as her healing prowess and her mission makes her unique for the period. Readers will appreciate the lead male who is willing to go to the max even joining her group if accepted to keep Caro at his side. Though acceptance of the existence of the Guardian of the Sword group is somewhat difficult, fans will receive a strong suspense tale filled with fine characters.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner