Patti Berg's latest book from Avon, Bride for A Night, is a wonderful contemporary and a great follow up to her wildly popular Wife for A Day. Bride for A Night is Patti's seventh book and is surely another hit to add to her impressive book list.
Duncan Kincaid and Cairo McKnight are archaeologists, and they are also divorced. They met when Cairo, raised by archaeologist parents who named her for the city of her birth, was only a teenager following Duncan around the dig site. As they grew, their friendship developed into love, which led to a impulsive Las Vegas marriage. Unfortunately, after a wonderfully romantic and sexually inspiring wedding night, Duncan left. The fact was that he went to Egypt on a dig and got wrongfully arrested, in addition to having to fly home after his parents were in a car accident that killed his mother and permanently disabled his father. However, the only thing that Cairo could see was that he married her, shared her bed, left the next day, and didn't contact her. When Cairo's parents pushed for an annulment, Cairo agreed. Shortly thereafter, she learned she was pregnant.
Now, five years later, Cairo seeks out Duncan at his dig site in Montana to beg for his help in saving her failing tour business. She has never told Duncan about their son Dylan, but a brush with death has convinced her that she needs to see if Duncan can be a stable and reliable father to their child, who happens to be a accident-prone genius.
For those of you who know and love Patti's paranormal books, you will be pleased to know that there is just a touch of the paranormal in this story in Duncan's "conversations" with Angus MacPherson, the nineteenth-century mountain man who originally found a city of gold in Montana. The humor provided by Angus's observations and, Dylan's questions and catastrophes adds an important element to this relationship. The secondary characters, including Cairo's aunt and Duncan's father, who develop a relationship of their own, are very strong. The suspense of Duncan's quest and the danger for Duncan, Cairo and Dylan associated with it, both physically and emotional, will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book combines all of these elements in a wonderful way to create an unforgettable story. Great work, Patti - keep 'em coming! Copyright 2000, Barb's All Romance Book Store