on 29 November 2014
I enjoyed some aspects of this book, especially the manner in which the basic storyline was set up.
Ten years previously, Tony, the Earl of Moreland had been close friends with our heroine, Francesca Cameron (Chessy), in Macao where Chessy lived with her explorer father, James Cameron. When Tony very unexpectedly left Macao, Chessy never had the opportunity for closure and was hurt that he left without saying good-bye.
Now it's been ten long years and Chessy has come to London to try to obtain a most rare and priceless "pillow" book in order to free her father from a deadly group who are holding him hostage. She has some very special skills learned at a school in Shao-lin in far off China along with an additional identity - her alter-ego Midnight.
However, Tony has been tasked by Wellington to find the same "pillow" book that Chessey is trying to locate, therefore their paths will soon cross over and over, giving them the opportunity to find out exactly what happened ten years ago. There were aspects of the romantic portions that were so sweet, the reader could easily be sucked in wholeheartedly. However, the following were a great hindrance to my reading pleasure:
1) There was way too much sexual activity - over the top and unending descriptions of the time in bed together.
2) Once the characters finally came together in what appeared to be body and soul agreement with understanding and resolve about their past, there was the typical misunderstanding.
3) Way too many little side stories which took away from the main storyline.
4) The author didn't seem to know when to end the book. On and on and on it went after everything had been settled.
Also, for someone with highly touted assassination-like skills, Chessy was a bumbler. In fact, this part of her character was pretty much wasted. Tony kept having to get her out of danger. I kept waiting for Midnight to kick in - but Midnight was all show/no go.
Three stars for the neverending bed scenes and the neverending story.
on 10 November 2014
I read this book as part of a set of books called Hearts Aflame. I felt that I had to add a personal review to this book because it was just such a wonderful story. Historical (which I love), romance, mystery and sometimes comical and a really good storyline. This is certainly a book that I would recommend and it certainly deserves the five stars that I have given. I shall certainly be looking a other books from this author.