American Phoebe Rafferty came to England to find a
husband. She needs to marry in six weeks or she won't
inherit Marsden Manor, an ancestral home she's only
seen in a painting. Within a week, and only after
one meeting, she's found her man: Stephen Lambert,
Duke of Badrick. He's exciting, attractive and his
kisses make her feel things she's never felt before.
The moment Stephen see Phoebe, he wants her as his
mistress. Generations ago, the Badrick family line
was cursed by a Gypsy woman and they are doomed to
unhappy, short-lived marriages. Stephen has lost
two wives already and he's determined to never marry
again. He will give Phoebe pleasure, jewels, a home;
anything she desires, except love and marriage.
POTENT CHARMS is made unique by having the Gypsy
curse be a point of conflict. It's a first for me,
and I loved it. Smaller conflicts get resolved,
until all that is remaining between Phoebe and Stephen
is this curse. The characters are very believable.
It doesn't matter if you or I believe in curses,
Stephen does, and Ms. Waide has portrayed this
I read POTENT CHARMS in one sitting. It has a nice,
even pace to it. The sparks that fly between Phoebe
and Stephen are sexy, as are Stephen's displays of
jealousy. I found myself looking forward to both.
There are some historical tidbits throughout the book,
but I never felt as if I were being taught a history
lesson. Ms. Waide has written a wonderful romance
reminding us that words do have power, inviting us to
believe that maybe, "I love you" are the most powerful
words of all.