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Minerva Benning (Minnie) is the only one who believes her beloved Duardo still lives and can't convince anyone to help her find him. Nicolás Escobedo, the bastard half-brother of Vistaria's assassinated president, is too busy trying to win back his country. Calli, Minnie's cousin and Nick's lover, is busy learning to be ...
Minerva Benning (Minnie) is the only one who believes her beloved Duardo still lives and can't convince anyone to help her find him. Nicolás Escobedo, the bastard half-brother of Vistaria's assassinated president, is too busy trying to win back his country. Calli, Minnie's cousin and Nick's lover, is busy learning to be the partner of a national leader.
When Minnie attempts to find Duardo herself she is captured by Zalaya, the head of the insurrecto's intelligence and security. Zalaya is a cool-headed man of secrets and strong appetites that he indulges fully with Minnie. Despite the eye patch and cane, Zalaya looks like Duardo -- especially at night when Zalaya coaxes Minnie to indulge herself with him. Chained to his bed, she sees Zalaya's control over Serrano, the leader of the insurrectos, crumble. As the danger surrounding both of them grows, Zalaya's manipluations and Minnie's quest collide...and the results are fatal.
Black Heart is Book 2 of The Vistarian Affair series. It was previously published, but has now been re-edited, repackaged with new front and end matter and re-released along with the other two books in the first half of the series.
Posted February 13, 2013
I did not read the first book in this series, and I would strongly recommend that anyone purchasing this book read book 1 in the series. I was completely lost during the first half of this book. I had to go back several times to try to determine who the characters were and their relationships to each other. The book read as if it was a historical romance initially then I would read elements of the story that included instant messaging and internet use. Again, this is probably due to the fact that I did not read the first novel so I may have missed the contextual setup in the previous book.
The book had adventure, love, romance, a sexy hero, and a strong fearless heroine. There were other supporting characters that were equally enjoyable. The heroine refuses to believe that the love of her life is dead, and she defies all to find him and bring him back to safety. There were several twists to the plot line and each one kept me guessing. It was an enjoyable read.
Reviewed by Michelle for Cocktails and Books