THE BETRAYAL OF THE BLOOD LILY
January 12, 2010
Rating: 4 Cups
Nobody needs to tell Penelope Deveraux “I told you so”, for she is well aware that her current predicament is no one’s fault but her own. She is now Lady Frederick Staines, ready to take up residence in India, and she could not be less thrilled (about Freddy, not India).
Babysitting a British aristocrat and his annoying but lovely wife is so far down the list of things Captain Alex Reid would like to be doing that his teeth are being ground to bits. These people have no clue what life is like in India, but it is up to him to see them safely settled with the Resident in Hyderabad.
Just imagining Freddy trying to command troops in India has Penelope rolling with laughter. If it does not involve cards or women, her “beloved” husband is next to worthless, but Penelope herself can see that something very suspicious is going on. She is quite certain, though, that the ruggedly handsome and very stoic Captain Reid is someone she can count on to give her some answers. However, Penelope learns very quickly that Alex is nothing like the men she has manipulated in her past, and very much a man she could lose everything to.
Being a spoiled little rich girl has its advantages, and Penelope is not afraid of exploiting everyone to the fullest, but fear not, she has a much bigger heart than even she imagines. Her antics may bite her in the bum on more than one occasion, but she is so earthy and fun you cannot help but love her. Alex is definitely the yang to her yen, and together they make a most formidable team. This story also has the quirky twist of being split between the present and the past, and the intrepid history student, Eloise, is every bit as entertaining as she uncovers Penelope’s past.
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