Avon, Dec 2001, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1851 London, Nathan Price feels he is about to achieve his life's goal of acceptance by the scientific community on a par with the renowned Professor Owen. However, before showing his exhibit of the Megalosaurus jawbone to the ensemble, a distracted Nathan follows the lure of dinosaur sculptor Mimi Marsh. When he returns to his moment in the sun, he opens the curtain and to his shock it is revealed his prize and the accompanying notes are stolen. He believes Mimi is an accomplice of the thief, her father, but has no proof. Instead of accolades, Nathan receives pity and disdain while Mimi marries someone else.
Two years later, Nathan returns after a self-imposed exile, but still feels humiliated and plans to expose Mimi and her father. However, his plans for revenge go awry because he still loves her. The widowed Mimi feels the same, but she knows the truth behind what happened to the jawbone and must decide between her beloved and her cherished family.
SOMEONE IRRESISTIBLE is an irresistible Victorian romance that brings alive an era to a level rarely seen in a historical novel let alone in a romance. The fabulous story line blends the tidbits, especially dinosaur mania, into the intriguing plot so that the audience feels the period without the tale slowing down. Nathan is a wonderful lead, but Mimi owns the novel as she carries the world on her shoulders and in her heart. Award winning Adele Ashworth proves once again that her novels belong on sub-genre fans' short list as one of the top books of the year.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner