Bantam, Feb 2001, 6.50, 352 pp.
In 1816 London, widow Gwyneth Barrie ekes out a living for herself and her son Mark by providing piano lessons. However, her sedate life radically changes when her cousin Jason Radley arrives at her home with the news that she is the recipient of an anonymous donation that names him as trustee. Eight years ago, Gwyn and Jason were in love, but she left him and married someone else.
From the start of their renewed acquaintance, both realize that the love they once had for one another still threatens to enflame them. However, neither one trusts the other having been previously burned. Still, when a clever, devious unknown individual tries to kill Gwyn, she turns to the only person she believes can keep her and Mark safe, her beloved Jason.
PRINCESS CHARMING is a torrid Regency romantic suspense novel that never eases up on the sexual tension or the suspense. The taut tale thrives because of the charming but scarred lead characters, who have a past to overcome, a present to survive, and a hope for a future. Sub-genre fans know that an Elizabeth Thornton historical always provides a powerful, entertaining non-stop reading experience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner