Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dark, Deadly Love

Title: Dark, Deadly Love
Author: Denise A. Agnew
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60928-139-7
Genre: {M/F} Historical, Suspense
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Sir Ross Havenwood is haunted by his wife’s untimely death and the dreadful premonitions he dreams threaten to destroy his sanity. In years past, his visits to America to visit Alexandra’s father were very enjoyable and he remembers the young girl that spent so much time with him. When she becomes his ward after her father dies, he knows that he can’t care for her so far away.

Once Alexandra finds out that since her father is no longer responsible for her and Ross is her guardian, she attempts to intimidate the lawyer into letting her stay in America. She fails and now has to make her way to England from America to confront Ross. When he sees her coming off the train, Ross realizes that she has grown into a beautiful woman and he has to fight his desires for her, because of his responsibilities of her. Ross finds himself angry with Alexandra most of the time, when he is not lusting after her, knowing she is stubbornly refusing to keeping to society’s rules.

Alexandra Watson feels the anguished loss of her father and she now must show herself to her legal guardian, Ross. As she spends more time in London among the gentry, she is quickly made to feel out of place with her abrupt way of speaking. What she learns is that women are to be seen and not heard. That proves to be her downfall, but Ross is completely enchanted with her honest opinions.

While I was reading Dark, Deadly Love, it started out a little slowly and I kept wondering how it would end; then I could hardly stop reading, wanting to race to the end to figure out if I had the right villain. This is not the first story I have read by Ms. Agnew and I must say that she continues to amaze me with her well-plotted storytelling.

Alexandra is an intriguing character, who provided me with a wide range of emotions, and they ran from humor to wanting to put her over my knee. She really showed how badly her father spoiled her by allowing her too much freedom. At times Alexandra showed quite a lot of caring for those who were less fortunate and extended herself way more than she should have.

Ross proved to be quite a challenge for me to accept, with his constant living in the past and not willing to accept that life must go on. Living with his father’s disapproval for marrying a lady not worthy of him and inheriting his mother’s empathic abilities had him doubting himself. I was glad when he came to the realization of his true friends and his feelings for Alexandra.

The way this story unfolded is not what I expected, but had me thinking really hard about the villain or villains because of how Ms. Agnew slipped them in and out of the story when I wasn’t paying attention. This is a great way to spend an afternoon, if you are looking for a novel to keep you reading but it’s not for the faint of heart. Read and enjoy.

This book has been previously published.

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