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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

French Peril



French Peril by Mona Risk
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by: Larkspur

A summer job in France with room and board in a chateau owned by a handsome count. Can it get any better for Cheryl Stewart? The graduate student in Architecture is now officially on a mission for her sick professor.

Count Fran├žois can't hide his disappointment when Cheryl arrives instead of the eminent professor. But the aristocratic playboy is not one to turn away a beautiful young woman. He allows her to manage the restoration of the chateau's chapel while keeping his search for a valuable historical statue a secret from the other students working on the project.

Soon things deteriorate. The professor is poisoned, the chateau's butler attacked and Cheryl's room burglarized. When Cheryl's summer job changes into a romantic involvement and dangerous treasure hunt, Count Fran├žois is faced with a difficult choice. Is the priceless statue worth jeopardizing the safety of the impetuous young woman who has stolen his heart?

Reader Advisory: This story contains explicit sex scenes.

Ms. Risk takes us to the county side of France for her adventure which involves missing priceless works of art, murder and mayhem.

Cheryl Stewart a graduate student of architecture at Harvard gets a terse message from her ailing mentor to go to France and substitute for him in the restoring of a chapel damaged during World War 11. She encounters Francois Valroux a very handsome very worldly womanizing Count of the estate who is less than happy that Cheryl is filling in for her Professor. As the sparks fly between our two characters the danger escalates as they try to determine who is friend and who is foe.

I could have done with a little less of the pillow talk with all the darlings and sweethearts I found that it took away from the story and made it seem a little fake.

Still, that aside, "French Peril" was a good story with a solid plot and great characters. There is every thing you could want, intrigue, suspense and a good old fashioned love story. The author gives us lots of reasons to keep turning the pages.