Before I go into my review, I have to tell you that it annoys the crap out of me that the Blaze line now includes historical and paranormal novels. In the past Blaze has always been sexy, contemporary romances. That’s what I expect when I pick up a Blaze. 95% of the time I don’t even look at the blurb, just throw it in my cart based on the “Blaze” logo and the author’s name. Messing with reader expectations is never a good idea. Just saying.
Moving on to the review….
I love Betina Krahn. She kind of fell off my radar a year or so ago, and I’m really bummed about it. I love how true she stays to the historical time period she writes about. This wasn’t necessarily a comfortable storyline. Watching the hero follow around after the heroine while she finds a husband who won’t care she’s going to be mistress to the prince is unconventional to say the least. The fact that Krahn makes it work is a testament to her ability as an author.
I really liked Mariah. She was stuck between a rock and a hard place so she made the best possible decision she could. I really enjoyed her wit and humor. The way she played the situation to her advantage was hilarious.
Jack was a strong character who had strong convictions and a deep sense of right and wrong, but that didn’t transfer well at first. His attraction to Mariah is frustrating to him because he knows he can’t have what the prince has already claimed for himself. I really enjoyed his inner struggle, because it really gave us more insight into his character. He seemed like a stick in the mud, but watching his passion come unleashed was worth the wait.
The two of them were really good together. They had great chemistry that really came across the pages. I was definitely rooting for them as the story progressed.
The storyline here was unique and though a bit uncomfortable at times, I was impressed overall. The heroine was refreshing and a perfect match with the hero.
Mariah Eller was only trying to save her inn from being trashed. So how did the widow manage to attract the unwanted—and erotic—attention of the Prince of Wales? Not that being desired by royalty is necessarily bad… Only, Mariah much prefers the prince’s best friend….
Jack St. Lawrence is very tempting, and very loyal. And he knows that the prince gets involved only with married women. So he figures sexy Mariah is safe…until the prince demands Jack find her a husband!
The problem? Jack and Mariah can’t fight their sizzling attraction. And once they give in to their desires, the situation is even worse. Because the prince’s man has found a husband for Mariah.