Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sinful Surrender

Millicent 'Missy' Armstrong is entering her third London Season, but not for lack of suitors. Since her debut three years ago, Missy has received twenty marriage proposals. But she is interested in only one man - her brother's best friend, James Rutherford. As a child, Missy looked up to James. As a grown up, her admiration has blossomed into the longings of a beautiful, sensuous woman - and she won't rest until James admits his love - and desire - for her.

James Rutherford rues the day he let his physical weaknesses get the better of him by kissing Missy. His best friend has made it clear that Missy is off limits, and though he's avoided her for three years, he hasn't forgotten the feel of her soft lips pressed against his--and it seems neither has she. For no matter how much James tries to discourage Missy, he keeps winding up in her arms, sharing heated caresses that promise the most delirious pleasure.

Wonderful debut!  I can't wait for the next book!

Wow, I really enjoyed this one! Where do I start... Firstly, this is a story of "forbidden fruit" which always makes for an interesting plot, creating a lot of tension, passion, and conflict. Ms. Kendall tackled all this with gusto, creating characters and a story line that just flowed beautifully over the pages (err, Kindle clicks). There were a lot of plot twists and turns, but never once did I feel something was tossed in just to create conflict, nor did the story bog down with too much predictability. While not as light-hearted, witty or frivolous as most other books in my cache, it was an easy, pleasant read, with well developed characters that you really did grow to care about over the course of the book - Missy matures, growing a woman's heart, while James battles with his lust, honor, and loyalty. Even the secondary characters had a nice sheen of polish.

Suprisingly, I liked the fact that there was no real "bad guy" in this story. And while there was some closure with Lady Victoria's subplot, I was kinda waiting for James to reveal a tad more to the reader in conversation with Missy, but that didn't happen. Its ok, I will live. :)

All together, this excellent debut wraps up neatly with an epilogue (yay!) that gives us a few hints of what may be to come in Kendall's next book, and possibly the one after that. I'm hoping for an update on James and Missy in addition to Thomas's story in A Taste of a Desire coming out in January 2011.

My rating: 9 – Loved it!

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