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Thursday, February 19, 2009

His Lady's Keeper by Marly Matthews

His Lady's Keeper by Marly Matthews
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
Genre: Historical/ Regency
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Books
Review by Camellia

Independent and free spirited, Gemma St.Martin wanted to dictate her fate in life. When she sets her sights on a totally unsuitable husband, however, Mallory St.Martin intervenes and hires her a keeper—the mysterious Highlander, Hart MacKinnon.

MacKinnon loses his heart to Lady Gemma the first time he sets eyes on her and decides to make her his, but a secret connects both families that just might destroy their chances of finding happiness.

The wars, political upheavals, and moral values of the regency period are mentioned but not elaborated on in this story. Rather, the emphasis is on Gemma St. Martin in Scotland in 1822. Gemma desires adventure and freedom but instead she gets a “keeper”. Her brother Mallory, absent for many years returns home a wealthy man with a wife and child and wants what he considers best for his mother and sisters. Consequently, conflicts arise that move HIS LADY’S KEEPER along at a breathtaking pace after a time.

Gemma, her mother, and sisters are women who have learned to think and do for themselves in the absence of any male family members. They do not conform to the old standards that Mallory remembers being appropriate.

Hart MacKennon, “The Keeper”, evolves in an unusual way as the story unfolds. The back-story about him creates a completely new dimension for the story. He is a multifaceted character as is Gemma who works hard to make others think she is a spoiled brat. They do try each other to the limit at times. But when the threat from the antagonist comes, they find common ground in a hurry.

The modern language and expressions detract from HIS LADY’S KEEPER taking the reader out of the time period and brought my rating down. However, the story with its intrigue and humor along with some subtle twists is still an entertaining reading.