Jove, May 2002, 5.99, 320 pp.
In 1793, Claudia Valemont knows her life in France is over as the Revolution has swept away everything she holds dear including her beloved mother. To avoid the guillotine, Claudia leaves her beloved homeland for Scotland, home of a father that she has never met or whom knows she even exists. So she flees for Linlithgow, current abode of her sire Gerald Drummon, the Earl of Aberdaire, without the money to pay for bed and breakfast. Desperate she tries to steal, but is caught.
Though her crime is petty, the sentence is death. However, the hangman Lord Jack persuades her jailers to indenture her to him for three months as a more fitting penalty. As Claudia and Jack argue and fall in love, her goal remains seeking her sire for salvation and not the wonderful hugs and kisses of a savage.
LORD JACK is an exciting Scottish historical romance that the sub-genre pure bloods will relish. The more casual reader will find the accents provide authenticity yet disrupt the flow of the dialogue. Still, the lead couple is a delightful duo, whose verbal duels make for fine fun. Fans of late eighteenth century character-driven romances with a strong dialect will hopefully try this terrific tale while those who prefer less genuineness in the ripostes will instead tar the lead character banter.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner