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Monday, March 1, 2010

Starlight and Promises by Cat Lindler

Starlight and Promises by Cat Lindler
Publisher: Medallion Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (544 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

During an 1891 voyage to an uncharted isle in the Furneaux Islands near Tasmania, Richard Colchester, sixth Earl of Stanbury, finds a saber-toothed tiger believed to have been extinct for over ten thousand years. His sighting of the Smilodon will astonish the world . . . that is, if he ever makes it back home to England.

When Lady Samantha realizes her esteemed Uncle Richard has disappeared under suspicious circumstances, she enlists the help of Professor Christian Badia, a noted zoologist and animal tracker who specializes in wild cats. Not only will she organize the expedition; she herself will join in the treacherous search.

Christian is a notorious recluse, so the last scenario she anticipates is a romantic interlude, but Samantha is drawn unexpectedly into a world of physical passion. She knows this enigmatic man is her soul mate. But when Christian must embark on his own dangerous assignment, Samantha realizes she may forever lose her newfound love.

Unable to sit and wait, Samantha launches her own investigation—and finds herself in grave danger. Will Christian find her . . . before it’s too late?
Awesome adventures and toe-curling love scenes make Starlight and Promises exciting, exhilarating, and so sensual. The imagery and remarkable metaphors bring the plot and characters to life.

Twenty-year-old Samantha Colchester is a “Modern Woman” of late 1800’s England. She takes orders from no man. She is intelligent, witty, a good conversationalist with a keen scientific mind and she also sparkles with a joy for life that is bewitching. However, she is headstrong and sometimes acts without forethought. Her willfulness causes her and those she loves lots of grief. At times, it takes all hands and the cook to get her out of trouble. Yet, few can resist her unconscious beauty and exuberance for adventure.

Professor Christian Badia of Cambridge, Massachusetts has no kind feelings toward women. He deems them all faithless as his mother had been. He is a renowned zoologist that Samantha needs to lead an expedition for her Uncle Richard that is a well-known botanist.

Christian sees Samantha as haughty, outspoken and English aristocracy that he despises, but he is fascinated by her sharp mind, her wit, beauty, and spirited nature. She makes him realize how bored he is with his reclusive life style. She stirs the wanderlust in him and something more that he refuses to acknowledge.

Christian is a man of contradictions. He can be charming, witty, gentle, and can set Samantha’s heart aflutter. However, he can also be obnoxious, arrogant, overbearing, and hurtful.

Samantha and Christian along with some amazing secondary characters, embark on an expedition to find Samantha’s Uncle Richard and the Smilodon, a cat supposedly extinct for ten-thousand years. The conflicts with nature, pirates, and the evil Steven Burnett along with personal conflicts that seem insurmountable keep the reader fully engaged. Most of all, the unforgettable love scenes stir the emotions and touch the heart.

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