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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Greatest Love On Earth by Mary Ellen Dennis

The Greatest Love On Earth by Mary Ellen Dennis
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: historical
Length: Full Length (419 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Set in the exotic world of a 19th century circus, Dream Dancer sweeps readers into deathdefying feats, dangerous rivalries, and a love that has all the thrills and romance of the greatest show on earth.

Bold, beautiful star equestrian Calliope Kelley has two passions in life: her father's circus and daredevil animal tamer Brian O'Connor. When the circus is destroyed by fire and Brian disappears, Calliope changes her name and becomes engaged to another man. But then Brian returns and everything in Calliope's new life goes topsy-turvy...

Brian O’Connor saves Calliope Kelley the day she is born. A memorable beginning promises an unforgettable story, set in an exotic place with fresh and interesting characters. It delivers.

Fast-paced, The Greatest Love On Earth weaves its tight plot around romance, suspense, and adventure. The reader is treated to the fascinating world of the circus during the 19th century.

Calliope is an endearing character, and the reader sees her grow up in an exciting world. She’s spunky, down-to-earth, and genuine, but sometimes her pride gets her into trouble. She experiences tragedy yet carries on, living life to the fullest. Brian has owned her heart her whole life. He’s a wonderful character, authentic and charming, but he tries to put distance between them with his words—she’s the boss’s daughter and innocent. Then her father dies in an accident, or was it? Her mother died years before—a victim of a crime?

There’s a mystery. Calliope suspects someone killed them and now wants her dead. Who among the colorful characters of her world could do such a thing?

This story is filled with passion and unexpected occurrences. Sometimes Calliope makes brash decisions, but she is young. She rushes to do these things before talking to Brian to see if her assumptions are true. At times, this is a little annoying. Later in the book, there is a little confusion as to where her heart truly rests. She has relationships / flirtations with four men in this book; though she only seems to love Brian. Some of her decisions are questionable, but she remains likeable anyway.

This is a wonderful story, and readers who like adventurous historical romance set in exotic settings will probably enjoy this book. Highly recommended.

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