Marilyn Rondeau, at C2K KWIPS AND KRITIQUES gave four and a half clovers in this review for The Lady and the Libertine, my April Egyptian historical. Woo hoo!
“Nigel Wallenford’s reputation of being an incorrigible thief, libertine, and liar was clearly shown right from the very beginning of this book and it appears he is not ready to redeem himself. Nigel needs money and if he must steal from an innocent in order to achieve his aims, he would.
Anne Mitchell, was born illegitimate; raised in a workhouse; sold by her mother; then packed off by her father to the East. Living with the Khamsin, Anne was known as Karida and was adopted and loved by new parents. Not until she was entrusted with a great secret did she find the one thing she could call her own – honor and belief in herself. But would her new found passion for Nigel destroy what she cherished or give her the happiness she had long yearned for?
Award winning author Bonnie Vanak continues her fascinating Egyptian series with her seventh book featuring the disreputable and notorious twin brother of the hero from THE SCORPION AND THE SEDUCER. Vanak showed Nigel to be a truly disreputable human being giving a complete picture as to how he wound up being the way he was. His childhood and the treatment from parents who should have shown him love, rather than disdain was carefully woven into the storyline so that the reader could easily feel empathy towards him and rejoice when the love and acceptance from Karida helped him to rediscover his good side and overcome his own feelings of inadequacy.
As always, Vanak creates her romantic scenes with daring sensuality and the intimate scenes between Nigel and Karida were no exception. Especially well done was the initial scene when Karida revealed the burn scars received during her childhood after falling into a fire. Vanak has a knack for creating strong , imperfect heroines and her characterization of Karida bears witness to her genius in giving life to her unforgettable characters.
The author kept the non-stop action perfectly paced and flowing well along with the suspense of whether Nigel would or could change his wicked ways and become a better man. Vanak also includes a scrupulously good amount of historical research making this series as well as this installment a highly entertaining and recommended read.”