Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Publisher: Avon
Date published: January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-184933-6
Historical romance
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

The women of Lavender House are different than the other ladies of the ton. On the outside, they seem like a group of well-bred ladies who gather to talk about eligible bachelors. Faye Nettles is one of these ladies. Her story is that she is a widow. She comes from a tragic past and has found a family of sorts in the members at the house. Her special gift is that she can tell when someone is lying. Now she must keep up her lies and meet Scotsman Rogan McBain, a big, brute of a man who is thought he may have been instrumental in the death of a friend.

A former soldier in His Majesty’s Army, he’s seen a fair share of death and violence. Nothing prepares him for Faye Nettles when she appears at his door. Now his only thoughts are trying to get the Faerie princess to like him, even love him.

Oh my, this is one really good story. I really fell for Rogan. He is the kind of hero I like in a book. Big, brutish, protective but with a heart of gold that melts for those he cares for. I loved the interaction between Faye and Rogan. Faye was so nervous as her past prevents her from trusting men. But Rogan is very patient with her and gently leads her all the way. I loved that he was such a truthful man too. His friend, Connelly is a bundle of laughs who tests Rogan’s patience to the core. I was surprised that Rogan only knocked him on his back once in the whole book.

Ms. Greiman gives her readers a breathtaking story with a good mystery, two wonderful lead characters and some secondary characters that lend humor and depth to the story. I enjoyed the little bit of the paranormal that was tucked into the story and I especially enjoyed the love scenes and the sexual tension between Rogan and Faye. This book will be on my keeper’s shelf for a re-reading!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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