Red never shies away from a challenge. Never.
But when Miss Hannah St. John strides into his life demanding - yes, demanding - he help her, he's certain she's more challenge than even he can handle.
Hannah is determined to transport an artifact from France - one that will change everything - even if it means working with a lawless man like Red. Nothing is more important than preserving history. Nothing. Not even the touch of a smuggler who inconceivably makes her stomach twist.
When it becomes clear the irritating bluestocking will do anything for this blasted artifact and needs saving from herself, the earl-turned-smuggler steps in. Carting a cursed stone across the country with a know-it-all woman is not Red's idea of fun, particularly when their journey runs far from smoothly...so why does he find himself enjoying her company just a little too much?
©2016 Samantha Holt (P)2016 Samantha Holt
I was tempted not to get this book because the hero’s name was Red, I thought he had red hair, and I hate red hair on a man, but I decided to get it anyway and I’m sorta glad I did. It was all about an Egyptian stone and it, supposedly, was cursed and caused one mishap after another, from the ship that went after it getting beat to hell in a squall to Red and Hannah’s troublesome trip to get the stone to London.
Oh, and he was called Red because he was the Earl of Redmere. Personally, I would have liked him to be called by his name Guy Kingsley.
It was an okay read but it didn’t have the great sexual tension I associate with Ms. Holt’s books, until 50%, which I found a little odd. And she’s gotten to where she’s making her heroines kind of plain or this one with a “strong” nose, whatever that means, and making the hero god-like. I have a hard time seeing that pairing. I’m shallow (not afraid to admit it) so I don’t want real life characters in my books: no plain heroine, no hair that’s wild and frizzy, no BBW, no curvy, just a beautiful hero and heroine.
Anyway, it was just an okay read for me, a little fun but no thrilling moments, no OMG moments, no, mystery, just a trip of 100 miles that took several days. LOL, can’t say I would like that trip, that might be my OMG moment.
As I said earlier there wasn’t any sexual tension until 50% of the story, so be patient. Then there was explicit sex. There was really no swearing to speak of.
As to the narration: Stevie Zimmerman was great! She gets better with every book she narrates. She laughs and whispers when it’s called for and that’s the two most important things to me. Also, her voices are fantastic.
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