Anemone Carstairs. . . the breathtakingly beautiful daughter of England’s top intelligence officer, and Stephen Burke, the rich and handsome American patriot.
Their love was like a raging storm, a savage tug-of-war of inflamed desire. Together they are drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and danger – fighting for the countries that they love.
Set in 1806 against the backgrounds of London, the stormy waters of the Atlantic and opulent New Orleans, the rumblings of war threaten to destroy their burning love.
This was a reread for me, so I think you can guess that I enjoyed this book. I bought it as a teen and remember loving it. I still have it packed away somewhere and ended up seeing it at a used bookstore and bought it.
The main characters in this book are very well written by Gregory. They never strayed from who they were and each of them always stayed true to themselves. The chemistry between Anemone and Stephen was electric and filled with unexpressed tension. The anxiety of it all made me love it all the more, and I loved watching them fall in love.
Besides the love story, there is a plot afoot that will plunge their two countries into war if not handled. And with a big misunderstanding between them, you wonder if they will be able to accomplish their mission. I love Anemone because she was a strong woman with a will of steel. She had one true weakness though and that made her more human. Stephen is a dark rogue whom I ended up falling for with Anemone because she eventually brought out the best in him.
Overall, great story. This is a good pick if you’re into historical romances with a strong heroine.
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