Only Victoria knows that Saber Lawrence is a renegade prince plotting to seize control of his country. But when Saber kidnaps Victoria to ensure her silence and vanquish her reserve, he finds that the proper English governess is not so easily seduced, unless Saber's willing to surrender something of his own-his heart.
This serviceable and solid Victorian romance mostly takes place in the fictional country of Moricadia, long oppressed by the despotic de Guignard family. Raul Lawrence, the rightful heir to the Moricadian throne, is distracted from his covert revolutionary activities by Victoria Cardiff, a traveling governess, who recognizes him from a childhood encounter. Afraid that she will betray him, he kidnaps her. The sparks of their romance flicker against a backdrop of revolution, as Victoria slowly yields to Raul's caresses and the de Guignards decide to put a stop to his ambitious activities. Dodd (Chains of Fire) combines the two stories in a satisfying arc that delivers sensual sizzle, though some readers will flinch at scenes of aggressive seduction that verge on the nonconsensual.
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Too cliche. Kept waiting for the depth of the characters and storyline. Never happened. I have noticed when authors do not have a really good story to tell, or they have not done a lot research, they think long sex scenes cover that up. How many times do we need to read a 6-8 page bed scene before they think we get it? So many loose ends. For example, Prince Sandre was barely mentioned, but he was the ruler. One of the traitors showing up just when a trunk was found in the middle of no where. Really? The revolution seemed to be almost like a side story. The heroine single handedly saw and solved the answer to ever problem and issue. All the men were obtuse. And they admired her for being so smart and talented. For real? It read like a novice writer putting multiple scene ideas all together in a modge podge fashion. I have read most of Ms. Dodd's books and she is better than this. Shame on you Ms. Dodd, for thinking so little of your reader's intelligence, that we would not see through this! After the career you have had this is an embarrassment. I will think twice before reading another one! I will utilize the library, IF I read any more.