"A delightful Regency"
In 1818 London, Cynssyr does not believe in love though he
plans to marry a beauty as demanded by his responsibility
as a duke. Currently he courts Emily Sinclair. Her sister
Anne, just coming out of a sick bed, decides to protect her
sibling from the unwanted attentions of this rake.
However, fate intervenes when Cynssyr is caught in a
compromising position with the rather clumsy Anne,
the "Angelic" Sinclair with the spectacles. Still, Cynssyr
does the right thing marries Anne.
To his surprise, Cynssyr finds making love to his spouse
quite enjoyable, as he cannot get enough of her in and out
of bed. He also realizes how intelligent his wife is. Anne
knows she loves her husband, but doubts he will ever
reciprocate the feeling; she does not compare favorably to
Emily or Katie Forest. She also realizes he is much deeper
than the womanizing cynic he portrays when he tries to end
the kidnapping of young women by an unknown assailant. As
he concludes that he has found a jewel, he decides he must
properly court his wife to win her love though he believes
she loves someone else.
Though the theme is the classic Regency of an innocent
female forced to marry a seemingly hedonistic rake, Carolyn
Jewel keeps the plot fresh through a deep cast and the who-
done-it. Fans will take delight in how Anne "ruins"
Cynssyr for anyone but her. The secondary characters
provide depth to the lead protagonists and several deserve
their own tale be told. LORD RUIN is the perfect holiday
treat for sub-genre readers.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 1, 2002