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MISTRESS OF SCANDAL
SARA BENNETT
ISBN# 978-0-06-079649-5
April 2007
Avon Books
850 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
384 pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Francesca Greentree is determined to be as different as her infamous birth mother as possible; even if it means that she remains a spinster. She has no difficulty, until she rescues Sebastian Thorne from the Emerald Mire.

Sebastian goes to Yorkshire looking for clues about the couple who kidnapped Madame Aphrodite’s three daughters more than twenty years ago. In the course of following up on a clue, he is tricked and rescued by none other than Aphrodite’s youngest and very beautiful daughter.

When Francesca travels to London with her adoptive mother and makes peace with her birth mother, the man who kidnapped her and her sisters so many years ago feels threatened and is forced to act. Thorne now must find him and protect Francesca.

This is one of the best historicals I have read in a while. The characters are very real and Francesca and Sebastian make a wonderful pair; their adventurous spirits belong together. The author also has a sense of humor that keeps the story from becoming too dramatic. Her use of the term “engine of delight” is worth a couple of cups alone. In addition there is a thread of mystery and suspense that kept me very interested. Madame Aphrodite and her daughters are very colorful characters that stand out in a very vivid cast. Sebastian manages to be a tortured soul with a sense of humor. The villains are a particularly evil crew, and their leader is fairly easy to discover, but this does not detract from the story. There are still a few surprises in the plot for the reader. This combination of drama, humor, suspense, and sensuality will keep readers of this genre glued to the pages until the end.

Maura
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