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Someday My Prince by Christina DoddAvon, July 1999.
Paperback, 358 pages.
In 1829 Bertinierre, a small Mediterranean kingdom, Crown Princess Laurentia is not happy. After her disastrous first marriage (which was never even consummated) she's a bit gun shy when it comes to suitors. But she must find a husband and produce an heir -- preferably as soon as possible. Unfortunately, none of the suitors her father has produced appeals to her in the least. That is, until Dominic of Baminia shows up. He's handsome, opinionated and not impressed with her position in the least. He's infuriating -- and extremely attractive. Her father, the King, hires him to be her bodyguard. But there's more to Dominic than meets the eye and treachery is abroad in the little kingdom. Can Laurentia trust this man who she has come to love?
The wonderful Christina Dodd is back with another irresistible historical romance. Dominic first appeared in her last book, The Runaway Princess, and now he finally comes into his own. He's brash and brave -- and utterly appealing. Laurentia is strong-willed and the two of them together make a fiery couple. Dodd's prose is snappy and amusing, and the story is fast-paced. You just can't beat Christina Dodd in the historical romance genre -- she's tops. Highly Recommended.
Ports Of Call by Sally FairchildMira, July 1999.
Paperback, 376 pages.
When her beloved husband dies, Adriana Falcone assumes control of the centuries-old family shipping line. The Italian cruise line is recognized as the best in luxury lines, but it has a brash new competitor -- Blue Ribbon Cruises which is run by Thorne Weston. Thorne is rich, handsome and ruthless -- and he harbors great enmity against the Falcone family. In fact, he's made it his business to ruin the Falcone Line and its beautiful CEO. But Thorne doesn't count on his growing attraction for Adriana, and when the two are forced to work together sparks fly. When several attempts are made on Adriana's life, it's clear that a terrible secret from the Falcone family's past is about to be revealed -- one which could destroy everything for the two lovers.
Ports of Call is a thrilling romantic adventure set in the world of luxury cruise ships. Sally Fairchild's prose is smooth as silk, and her descriptions of Tuscany and the Falcone home will make you want to hop on the next plane for a vacation in Italy. Adriana and Thorne are thoroughly modern characters full of passion and intelligence -- their scenes together are great fun to read. Fans of romantic suspense won't be able to put this one down. Highly Recommended.
My Beloved by Karen RanneyAvon, August 1999.
Paperback, 372 pages.
In 1249, the Templar Knights held great power in Europe. A knight himself, Sebastian of Langlinais owes the Templars for paying the ransom to have him released from the prison where he was sent after being captured by the enemy during the Crusades. What the Templars really want is the fabulous Cathar treasure, which the Templars are convinced that Sebastian has hidden. When Sebastian returns to England to consider how to raise the funds to repay the Templars, he sends for his bride of 12 years. Married as children, the couple has not seen each other in years. Juliana has spent the years in a convent and is terrified of meeting the mysterious Sebastian who always wears a monk's habit with a cowl and hides away most of the day. Their marriage is in name only, and Juliana wonders about the terrible secret Sebastian hides. Still, the couple cannot help but fall in love with each other. Will Sebastian share his secret with Juliana -- and will it tear them apart?
My Beloved is a unique and captivating historical romance. Sebastian is a thrilling and mysterious hero who is sure to capture readers' hearts. The setting is interesting and adds an adventurous flair to the story. The passion is palpable between the two characters, and their story is compelling. Another page turner from the talented Karen Ranney.
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