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ONE WEEK AS LOVERS
VICTORIA DAHL
ISBN#: 978-1-4201-0482-0
August 2009
Zebra/Kensington
119 West 40th Street, New York, NY 11018
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
352 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Cynthia is a strong willed young woman in difficult straits. Her stepfather is pretty awful and her mother has no will of her own. They are trying to force her into marriage to a monster of a man.

Nick, Viscount Lancaster, was once an easygoing and amiable boy. Circumstances have hardened him, but the charm remains. He is finally in a position to repair his family’s finances.

Cynthia’s family is trying to force her to marry Lord Richmond, a cruel and evil man, so she fakes her own death and hides in Viscount Lancaster’s country home where the housekeeper is her friend. Nick returns to the manor for the first time in ten years. He needs a place to think after finding his fiancée in the arms of another man and the tirade he endured from her after.

First, a warning; this story may be disturbing to some readers. Though the events take place previous to the plot, there is mention of rape and assault of a child. Nick and Cynthia are compelling characters who love their undeserving families, but there are limits to what should be expected of them. Lord Richmond is one of the most evil villains that I read about in a long time. I enjoyed reading of the two main characters interactions with each other from Cynthia’s impersonation of a ghost to the treasure hunt. I loved how Cynthia is ever practical, in love with Nick, but unwilling to ruin his life and how Nick finally takes control of his past and future. Fans of this genre will love the author’s ability to blend humor, suspense, passion, and a little bit of mystery into a very enjoyable novel.

Maura
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