From the back cover:
She was a reluctant bride...
When Lady Roselyn Harrington discovers an injured sailor from the Spanish Armada washed up on shore, she's stunned to see he's the fiance she abandoned at the altar two years before. When she'd first met Sir Spencer Thornton, he was far from the man of her dreams. But the Spencer she nurses back to health now is very different from the aloof nobleman who once scorned her. And in his strong embrace, Rose discovers passion...with the one man she can never trust.
He was a determined groom!
Spencer had jumped at the chance to escape London and serve Queen Elizabeth as a spy against Spain. And though he's now dependent on Rose's good graces to hide him from the traitor trying to kill him, Spencer decides to play an even more dangerous game: to make Rose fall in love with him so he can reject her. But the impetuous girl has become a strong beauty, and Spencer's intended revenge turns into a wholesale wooing of the one woman he can't resist--his betrothed.
And my review:
I'm a fan of Gayle Callen's books. While I don't find them to be keepers, they are usually an enjoyable, fast-paced, can't-put-it-down read. HIS BETROTHED was enjoyable, but not as good as some of this author's other books.
For one thing, I felt that she relied just a little too heavily on sexual attraction to bring Roselyn and Spencer together. Even by the end of the book, when they actually declare their love, it just didn't ring true for me. There seemed to be just lust, and no real tender feelings to support the raging hormones. They were two strong characters--but unfortunately, I just didn't see them as a couple, even by the end of the story.
I often felt like there was more focus on the "spy" storyline (and the lust) that the romance part of the book wasn't as well developed as it could have been. This was still an enjoyable book, but I've liked some of her other books, such as HIS SCANDAL (the sequel to this book, which is Spencer's twin brother Alex's story), or BEAUTY AND THE SPY much better. Maybe I didn't enjoy HIS BETROTHED as much because I was expecting more of this author.
One other complaint: the hero was so sweaty! Seriously, the guy was dripping with perspiration just about every scene. I know he was often sweating from being injured, or from exerting himself trying to recover faster than was wise (or because it the weather was just hot), but it was really overdone. Honestly, I started to wonder if the hero had some kind of gland problem or something, considering the way he was ALWAYS soaked in sweat. It got kind of gross after a while.
Fans of this author are probably going to buy this book regardless of the negative and neutral reviews. I would recommend trying to borrow this one first, even if you are a fan of Gayle Callen's, as it's not up to par with some of her other books. It was an enjoyable way to pass a few hours, but not a story that really moved my emotions or stayed with me once I'd finished reading it. I would recommend HIS SCANDAL or BEAUTY AND THE SPY over and above HIS BETROTHED.