One Week As Lovers
Copyright 2009, Kensington, Zebra Historical
Nicholas, a Viscount, is a couple of things. He's broke. He's found his betrothed in the arms of another man. And he's got a death at his old homestead - one that he used to have some pretty strong feelings for.
Cynthia is dead. For all intents and purposes, she does not exist. Of course, someone had to tell Nicholas, but she never thought he'd actually come back. Now she has to get rid of him. But what she wouldn't do to touch him, to look deeply into his eyes like when they were younger.But if she's discovered alive she'll be sent back home...back into a life she would rather actually die than live.
Of course she's not really dead. And of course Nicholas finds out. But there are elements to this book that Dahl puts together in such a masterful way, that the entire book is actually a treat to read. After you finish and start thinking of all the things that happen you sit and wonder to yourself. What kind of brilliant, evil genious, is Miss Dahl? Seriously, it has everything you want in a good romance! The cover says "They would make every second count..." and Dear GOD do they.
What do you do for love? Could you defy every convention known to society? How about family differences? How do you ask for the hand of a woman who's dead...when you're betrothed yourself? And what all can you do to fill in that one week as lovers?
SO. FREAKING. GOOD. I love her contemp stuff, a lot, but these historicals just tear me up!!! She's so perfectly mastered the art of propriety and still manages to give you the good stuff. A kiss on a hand will never seem as sensual as when she rights it. Seriously. This chick can write.