The beginning of the book is enticing: Marcus St.John whom we have learnt to know as a man with a will of iron and with unwavering self-control, meets Honoria, a woman with an intelligence equal to his and with a will of her own. They meet, and sparkles flow.
The story develops in a most promising way, new sides are revealed as to Marcus' character as he is relating to Honoria and her siblings. Somehow Ms. Hawkins seems to me to lose some of her grip when we come to the last third of the book. Both protagonists start behaving in an uncharacteristic way that doesn't begin to appeal to me - for one thing, the humour and warmth that were present in the beginning disappear - and the climax, occurring at a ball arranged by Marcus, with all the London ton present, is in my opinion not believable.
Sorry, Ms. Hawkins. I give the two stars to the good material. The development that could have been possible just wasn't there.
Excellently written by Ms Hawkins. The story of the last of the free St John brothers (Talisman series) this is about Marcus. Success has led Marcus to become a rather harsh, arrogant prideful man. In this story he 'travels' emotionally, more so than Devon in 'And The Bride Wore Plaid' for example. You can see his character developing and softening until he realises his love for Honoria only to find that he has to work hard to win her over. This book is full of wit, yet doesn't lack emotionally. Sparking dialogue and the return of the light fingered servant Herberts make it a must have and an irresistible read.