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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Are we all divided personalities - the one we show and the one we really are?

    You might convince Lady Corinne to do any number of things she might not like but no one was going to make her marry that horrid man regardless of his title or incredible lineage, the man was a nightmare. Both fathers have big plans for this merger, I mean marriage and Corinne pleading to beg off is soundly rejected. So Corinne decides to step out of the comfort zone she lives in and moves to a place no one could find her, at least until after the wedding date passes. What she never expected on this journey was to be shot, saved and figures out whom the notorious highway the Black Thorn was. When you go past safe and straight into reckless behavior, you never know what is going to happen.

    Corinne is having trouble digesting all this information because the Black Thorn may be a noble thief that steals to provide for the poor but he is also the Reverend Mr. William Norwich who just happens to be the foster son of her potential future father-in-law and the man that owns the property the Black Thorn is stealing. Never one to let any situation not be used to her advantage, Corinne decides to hide out at Will's parsonage. Now this is only until the wedding date passes and in exchange for she will keep Will's secret, this is a win-win right? Will is not so sure her pretending to be his cousin is going to work out and while she believes God brought her to Will, he is sure the deity came from hell, the direction he is now setting a course for.

    Upholding the word of the Lord and finding answers that lead him on a righteous path has been at times a test for Will's moral compass. Will knows that at some point, he is going to have to answer for his sins but will the judgment come from a higher power or his foster father a man Will owes his existence to or so the story goes. But turning Corinne out is not going to happen because her belief that he is his salvation is stronger than his doubts and his ability to resist her is weakening. The religious life has taught Will strength and control but he is not sure there is enough of it in him to stop him from taking the love and tenderness that Corinne is offering even though the last thing he feels he deserves is her love.

    When the dark secrets come out about everyone's misdeed it is going to take more than faith and good will to get through this sea of deception. But Will and Corinne are meant to be together, work for the good of his church, and start a life together enjoying the passion of a religious life and some good spiritual awakening after the lights go out!

    Cathy Maxwell always delivers on an original storyline, fresh characters, incredible twists, and fascinating turns reader do not expect. This book hits on every one of those ideas and adds in a few feisty women, some heart wrenching moments of sadness, startling revelations and in the end you know there is some higher source at work here to great such a work of romantic literature.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    An enjoyable Regency romance

    In 1811 the Duke of Banfield decides his daughter Lady Corinne will marry Lord Freddie Sherman. Although the Ton insists he is the catch of the season, she loathes the repugnant Sherman. Thus Lady Corinne decides to run away until the wedding day passes without her.

    Thorn the infamous highwayman catches Corinne. She makes a deal with him to keep her as his prisoner until after her wedding day and in return she will not reveal his secret identity. However, as the highwayman and the runaway fiancée fall in love, Sherman and her father seek Corinne while others seek Thorn to hang him.

    Although a Robin Hood hero has been used before, Cathy Maxwell keeps her enjoyable Regency romance fun due to the strong quirky support cast. The lead couple is a nice pairing of an unlikely duo falling in love, but it is those pursuing the fleeing twosome who brings the action to them (and the novel). Sub-genre readers will enjoy the escapades of Thorn and Corinne as they elude a horde of pursuers. Note that a portion of the sales will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

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    Seduction & Scandal #5 - Great Series

    I loved this series. I rate them all a 5. They are easy reads that leave you feeling good. They remind me of the early Johanna Lindsay, Catherine Coulter & Judith McNaught that I loved. No filler, she doesn't write a sex scene into every chapter and she wraps them up very well. Though set in 1800 England, they all have a completely different story line. Read her series in order, all of them. I started on the cameron sisters and it led right into the Seduction & Scandal series. I missed the earlier Marriage series that started with Married in Haste so I've gone back to catch that 3 book series before I move into the novels, which I will read by publish date. I am sad that I am at the end of her series. She is a wonderful writer.!!!!

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