Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn't shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother's best friend and her heart's only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. Read more...
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Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn't shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother's best friend and her heart's only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It's now or never . . .
James has always found Olivia bewitchingly attractive, but what kind of gentleman takes up with his best friend's sister? Not that he's thinking particularly gentlemanly thoughts when she appears on his exploratory trip-three hundred miles from home -and incites a tavern fight. No matter what the devil she's doing there, it's his duty to see her safely back to her family. But how safe will she be when every starlit night brings wicked temptation . . . ?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Barton’s third Honeycote Regency romance (after Once She Was Tempted) never becomes more than the sum of its clichéd parts. Olivia Sherbourne has loved her brother’s best friend, solicitor James Averill, from afar for more than a decade. His impending departure on an archaeological expedition provokes her to reveal her feelings. James claims he is not interested, but he kisses her anyway, so she runs away from her family to follow him, which puts them in a series of compromising positions. It’s unclear why James becomes attracted to Olivia, and her years of pining are neither reasonable nor admirable. Additional devices to keep the lovers apart and throw them together, including a sprained ankle and an important letter, are uninspired, and the episodes are badly paced. Barton’s prose is competent, but the narrative, as a whole, is entirely generic. (Nov.)