"A romance with pizzazz"
In 1805 London, the Ton concludes that Lady
Kassandra "Kitt" Wentworth is too reckless for any
respectable man to marry even if she is the daughter of a
viscount. That is fine as far as Kitt is concerned as she
refuses to bow to any male including her father just
because society rigidly insists she must. Duh! Kitt
believes that is all a female can expect from a nation
ruled exclusively by males.
Clayton Harcourt, heir to a dukedom, has no plans to
wed in the foreseeable future until he meets Kitt. He
finds her wild behavior intoxicating, but he also sees
beneath the veneer to her vulnerability. Clayton wants to
hold her until she realizes that whatever her secret is
that has forced her to don a mask of not caring what others
think, his hugs will always be there. Though they fall in
love, he worries about ever cracking the shell that keeps
them from a lifetime of happiness.
Kat Martin, one of the top authors of Regency romances,
enhances her high esteem of entertaining the sub-genre fans
with her latest novel, THE FIRE INSIDE. The story line is
exciting as Clayton sets his strategic goal, mounts a
campaign, and deals with setbacks by revising his plan
without losing sight of his mission. Though readers will
want to adopt this caring hunk, Clayton's actions tend to
limit the strife between he and Kitt. Still as only Ms.
Martin can induce out of her audience, readers will feel
Kitt's obvious defenselessness in spite of her shield, and
hope she can finally open up to her beloved.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 26, 2002