In another chapter of the Bride Series, James and Jason Sherbrooke, twin sons of Douglas and Alexandra, are called to protect their father from an unknown assassin who has re-emerged from Douglas Sherbrooke's spy past. James and Jason, who are infamously good looking men, are called forth to join their father in London to investigate.
Corrie Tybourne-Barrett is the tomboy neighbor of the Sherbrooke's, who has grown up as an annoying tagalong to James, whom she has always secretly loved. Corrie is called to London for her first London season in search of a husband, forcing her to abandon her breeches for ballgowns.
James is astonished at the change in Corrie, discovering he is highly aroused by her newly-emerged womanly form. He neighborly affection begins to evolve into something more, especially when an attempt to kidnap James is fowled by Corrie's fearless actions. They are constantly in each other thoughts as they work together to find the unknown danger that threatens them all.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Jove, Mar 2004, 7.99, 368 pp.
In 1830 Lord James Sherbrooke, older than his twin brother Jason by minutes, thinks that though she is eighteen, Corrie Tybourne-Barrett is a pest and has been all his life. Corrie dresses like a boy as she wildly rides throughout the countryside. James' parents decide that Corrie needs a season and his dad Douglas will select the wardrobe her.
When James sees Corrie in a dress he first needs to recover from the shock that she has breasts before he can catch his breath as she is beautiful. Meanwhile Jason races home after a visit from the Virgin Ghost that warns him that his beloved parents are in trouble, which proves prophetic when someone shoots their father. As they try to keep dear old dad safe, James falls in love with Corrie who loves him back and Jason falls in love with Judith McCrae who he met at a gala. However, the family remains unsafe as someone wants Douglas dead and the plan is a snake in Eden scheme.
This is an exciting late Regency romance starring two fabulous antagonists who turn into loving protagonists though his early on spanking of her seems inappropriate. The story line starts off like a typical sub-genre entry, but turns into a terse suspense once the first attack occurs and goes even tauter when treachery places the family and Corrie in danger. Catherine Coulter has provided a wonderful tale that hopefully will lead to a fabulous sequel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner