8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 1999
In 1847 Natalie Haislett finds London totally boring, especially the obnoxious swains that seem to cling to her. Natalie wants romance and adventure, but knows she will find little of either among the Ton. She is infatuated with the notorious Black Knight, a jewel thief renowned for his daring throughout aristocratic Europe.
Natalie asks Jonathan Drake, a close friend of the Black Knight, to introduce her to her dream lover. However, after years of working as a secret agent for his government, a weary Jonathan just wants to settle down in a boring, English relationship with no surprises or adventure. When Natalie asks Jonathan to take her to France to meet the Black Knight, he shocks himself by agreeing. They cross the channel pretending to be a married couple. As they near their destination, Natalie and Jonathan fall in love. He knows he must persuade his beloved that a lifetime together will provide both of them with plenty of action.
Readers who enjoy a humorous Victorian romantic intrigue will relish STOLEN CHARMS. The story line is filled with tension as the couple battle with one another and with external forces. The lead protagonists are a darling duo and the support cast makes Victorian England and France feel as if a visit has occurred. However, what makes STOLEN CHARMS a delightful tale is Adele Ashworth's ability to portray the conflict inside Natalie. Society trained her to act in a certain proper way that wars with her inner soul. Her love for both The Black Knight and Jonathan further reveal her conflicting desires. After reading this tale, the audience will want to obtain Ms. Ashworth's previous book, MY DARLING CAROLINE.
on 27 April 2015
22yo heroine has tried to forget her kiss with 29yo antique-collector Hero 5 years ago but now she has no choice but to ask for his help. She would like him to introduce her to his friend, the infamous Black Knight. The man she wants to marry. Hero will do it if she accompanies him to Paris for the introduction and pose as his wife for his business dealings there. Their travel to Paris becomes a time of great temptation due to their wild attraction to each other. However, the secrets they keep from each other are threatening their increasing closeness to each other.** What happens when their secrets are revealed?
Another good read from Ashworth. I love how Ashworth focuses on the emotional connection between Hero and heroine. The plot (i.e. the French & British politics and intrigue) set up their romance and added to the excitement of it. But it no way distracted from it. Their sexual attraction was tangible but was not the central part of their romance. They didn't consummate their relationship until almost the end of the book. It made sense, given virgin heroine's character & what sex meant to her. I liked that Hero didn't push her and how that signified how much she meant to him. His conversion from womanizer to a 1-woman man became evident as the book progressed. The unveiling of their secrets was drawn out and was the climax of the book. Hero's response showed his understanding and love for heroine. Heroine's response was more cautious and there were some confusing aspects to it.** But she did eventually understand and accept him.
**SPOILERS about their secrets & others are on my blog … movesme.blogspot.com/2015/04/stolen-charms-by-adele-ashworth.html
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 1999
This book was great. It moved fast, had interesting characters, and an exciting plot. This is definitely a keeper! If you liked My Darling Caroline you won't be disappointed with this one. IMHO Adele Ashworth writes the best heros!