Never judge a book or a person by her cover. Callista Higginbotham is used to the whispers and the subtle jabs to her reputation. As a gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Callista strives to support her family as a librarian and rare-book dealer while holding herself upright in London’s socially conscious hierarchy. Financial salvation arrives with a commission to organize the sizable personal library of Dominick Avery, Viscount Rexton. Blessed with serious seductive skills and exceedingly good looks, Dominick devotes himself to the pleasures of the flesh while hiding his brilliant philosophical mind. Intrigued with the librarian in his home, Dominick finds himself at odds with his conscience and his long-neglected heart. As the couple form a deeper attachment, danger threatens them both, and Dominick finds himself questioning the life he’s always led and the desire to be the man he never knew he could be.
Verdict Wonderfully rich and displaying depth of characterization, debut novel Master of Love is a gorgeous historical romance. Stalwart heroine Callista shows an unexpected strength and depth of emotion, given her precarious position, while ardent seducer Dominick satisfyingly kindles sparks of affection into a full-blown flame. A potent mix of history, charm, and romance, this book is an excellent recommendation for romance fans.—Debra M. Dudek, Fountaindale P.L. Dist., Bolingbrook, IL
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