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Monday, February 8, 2010

Belong To Me by Phyllis Campbell



Belong To Me by Phyllis Campbell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (352 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

A masked ball—a night of seduction.

When fed-up Charlotte Hamilton travels to New York to locate her wayward husband, she finds him at a masked ball. Realizing he doesn't know who she is behind her mask, she seduces him before revealing herself as his wife. Neil talks her into a bargain—to stay as his wife for one month. If they don't suit, he'll grant her an annulment.

What Charlotte uncovers about his life during that month is far more than she bargained for. In addition to the disguises in his closet from his investigative business, she stumbles across secrets—secrets that threaten their very lives.
Swept into a whirlwind of mystery, passion and adventure, Charlotte must discover the truth of her own heart before it's too late for them both.

Late-blooming, spunky Charlotte goes after things she wants in a somewhat immature manner. Even though she is the daughter of a rich man, her life is in a mess before she is even twenty years old. Finally having changed from a scrawny tomboy to a beautiful young woman that has learned the social graces of high society, she sets out to get her life on track and the reader is invited along for the adventure — and what an adventure.

Neil Hamilton, trapped by circumstances, marries Charlotte but leaves without consummating the marriage. He is career-oriented and not ready for a wife. Now a successful and rich investigator, his talents serve him well. However, he made some enemies along the way who plot to destroy him. When Charlotte shows up, his life gets even more complicated and interesting. One thought comes to mind: What a tangled web he weaves as he practices to deceive.

Phyllis Campbell weaves a mystery and a love story together that keeps the reader guessing in both areas. Her use of the secondary characters weaves in intriguing little sub-plots. Her humor bubbles up at times to give the story a delightful facet. The use of coincidence to move the plot along when the action gets brutal and the use of secondary characters “to save the day” takes something away from the hero and heroine. However, the love scenes, the mystery, the castle, and the maturation of both Charlotte and Neil make BELONG TO ME a captivating story.

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