Hillary Fields has the same freshness and sensual sparks in MARRYING JEZEBEL as she did in her pirate adventure THE MAIDEN'S REVENGE. I enjoyed every moment of my adventure in Cairo and London in 1817-1818 with Jezebel and Rafe, two larger than life characters that make the pages sizzle with romance.
Jezebel Montclair's uncle, an archeologist in Egypt, has died and made arrangements in his will for Raphael Sunderland, the duke of Ravenhurst, to be her guardian, something he had agreed to years ago and had forgotten all about. When Jezebel doesn't show up on the packet from Cario, Rafe is worried, thinking anything could have happened to a young girl left on her own in Egypt. The duke, being the kind of man who is very responsible and a man of his word, sets off to see if she has run into any harm.
Imagine his surprise when Jezebel is pointed out to him in a hotel bar conversing with two men, dressed in male garb. He is shocked beyond all, and at the same time he sees the most beautiful woman in the world when he approaches her table and she turns her gaze on him. She in turn sees a commanding figure of a man well over six feet tall, with glorious golden curls and very penetrating eyes. He demands that she go back to England with him and she refuses saying she has work of her uncle's to complete. As it turns out they can't get passage back to London for a while so Jezebel takes Rafe on a tour of the favorite spots so she can investigate some of the tombs and search out the information she needed. Jezebel is a very unusual woman and she leads the magnificent Rafe a merry chase.
It's not too long before the attraction between Jezebel and Rafe turns into a burning desire and watch out for the fire! The two are always butting heads and there is a lot of misunderstanding between them between some periods of intense desire. Getting Jezebel out of Egypt is a lot harder than Rafe ever dreamed, and marrying Jezebel is almost impossible! I loved this story and want to read it again since I flew through it so fast the first time, and there are so many choice passages that I want to savor once again.
The dialogue is snappy and fast-paced and the scenes in Cairo are magical. Rafe and Jezebel are strong characters who light up the pages of the book with fire and humor. The secondary cast is clever and entertaining. I'd especially like to see a book for Rafe's best friend, Damien, Lord Marksley, a man who will make an excellent hero! All in all, this is an adventure of the heart and mind.
Suzanne "Wishing I Could Travel to Egypt and go Exploring with Jezebel and Rafe" Coleburn
"Hillary Fields is an author to watch! Her characters are golden and shiny bright, just like her writing. Don't miss this author."
Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance