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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Review: You Belong To Me

You Belong to Me
by Kimberly Nee

A marriage of convenience, to a man she’d only just met, was the only way to protect Brenna McIntyre from the cruel viscount determined to have her no matter what. The only problem was a most unwilling groom.

The last thing Tony Radcliffe wanted, or needed, was a wife – even if their marriage was in name only. Left without a choice, he relented, but remained determined to keep Brenna at arm’s length.

The journey from Ireland to America sparks a desire neither had expected, and one too powerful to ignore, even as the shadow of Brenna's past threatens the peace she’s found in Tony's arms.

Brenna McIntyre, beautifully clothed in silken gowns is nonetheless detested and abused in her home. Yet she carries on, ever the lady. Far from being horrified at the idea of an arranged marriage, she hopes for one; to escape the household where she lives. A marriage will be an improvement she is sure, until she meets the unfathonable gaze of Viscount Halstead. The viscount is a handsome man and no mistake, but he is cold, and we, like Brenna, feel the "impending doom."

Although this seems a familar story to this point, an unpredicatable twist tears Brenna away, to dangers unforseen. She seems to have escaped the doom that awaited her. The men that come into her life seem at once are far more dangerous and yet, kindly; difficult but (we hope) well meaning. Only slowly will events, and motivations, become clear. Her journey is both difficult and revealing. Class and lifestyle differences in young America certainly introduce her to some measure of culture clash.

Young Brenna is at times a naive soul, although her sensuality contrasts with her delicate sensibilities... readers will recognize the classic lady heroine; utterly delightful. The hero of the tale takes a little while to emerge. He is blunt and easily annoyed, and hardly the one we expect. He is also more than admirable, more than a little seductive, and more man than anyone else in the story.

"You Belong To Me," is beautifully written, fast-paced, with lively dialogue and intriguing relationships. Emotions, run the gamet from terror to relief, anger and annoyance to love, lust, and more; Nee manages to convey all plausibly. The storyline, which starts off in a comfortably familiar vein, rapidly becomes completely unpredictable.

PS: What an intriguing cover!

Review by Snapdragon