To save her village, quiet schoolteacher Clare Morgan stikes a deal with Nicholas Davies-known as the Demon Earl.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn the first novel in Penguin USA's new romance line, Putney ( Silk and Secrets ) offers fleshed-out characters but an overload of extraneous historical detail and a lame plot. Clare, a pious Methodist schoolteacher in a small Welsh village in 1814, agrees to live for three months with a wealthy man named Nicholas known as the ``Demon Earl.'' Nicholas is the son of a nobleman and his gypsy wife who grew up spending some months of each year on the road with caravans and the rest of the year residing in his grandfather's sumptuous mansion. A part of the bargain is that he be allowed to kiss her once a day. Clare hopes that if she carries out her end of the deal Nicholas will see that the dangerous mine in town--in which several men have already lost their lives--is brought up to modern standards. There are also several subplots involving a friend of Nicholas's who has turned vengeful because of an imagined wrong done to him, and the rumor that Nicholas's grandfather died of a heart attack after barging in on his grandson in bed with the grandfather's second wife. (May)
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This story has depth that I haven't seen recently in the romances I've been reading. But not so much that the story doesn't move along. The characters were so very likeable! I loved the heroine and just wanted to hug Nicholas, the half gypsy earl. It was a wonderful story full of details about the average man's life in the mine and the industry of Wales in that time period. I admired and enjoyed the way the author brought the gypsy way of life into Nicholas' story.
Ever since I found Mary Jo Putneys' books, I've had a great time. All of her heriones and heros are somebody I want to be. What fun it is reading her books. Also she does great geographical research. I'm in love.
this book was so awesome!!! it made me wish there wasn't an ending