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Monday, May 10, 2010

Crushing Desire by April Dawn

Crushing Desire by April Dawn
Publisher: Breathless Press
Length: Full Length (235 pgs)
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: Sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Reena Harrison is anything but the fashion, but despite her flaws, she has several suitors. Unfortunately, the one man she has always loved is not one of them. After things go dreadfully wrong with a suitor and her family, she finds herself asking Joshua a peculiar favor.

Joshua Sinclair has long had a fascination with the tall beauty. After years of denying his feelings for Reena in pure military fashion, he finds himself thrown together with her in an out of control scheme. How can he possibly rule his emotions when he finds himself posing as the sensuous woman’s husband?

April Dawn’s steamy new romance Crushing Desire opens with the perfect setting for love; the ballroom, the roses , and sweeping so grandly in the door: the hero.

Alas, all this promise is for naught. Our heroine is too young, shy and, in the late eighteenth century, a young woman hardly gets a vote in the things that matter, anyway.

American Reena is being cared for (or should we say bossed around by) her uncle and is completely, utterly, and plainly hopelessly in love with Joshua Sinclair. The fact that Mr. Sinclair married another does not change the feeling of her heart. From the first, Crushing Desire is heart-wrenching.

Joshua’s circumstances will change -– and we discover in him not only a man of heroism and a person to admire, but a sensitive soul who struggles with the feelings of his own heart. His feelings for Reena are undeniable, but fill him with guilt. Her feelings are by simpler and more straightforward.

Everything about each will seem, at various moments, so completely perfect that you will hold your breath, waiting and wishing for the next step in their relationship. However, life and love in Regency England is never quite that easy. Even England has its scoundrels. A surprising near-disaster ushers in yet more unpredictable adventures. The unpredictable quality will keep you guessing, even while your hopes for the chief couple keep you reading. Characters are superbly done here – not only main characters, but the supporting roles of uncles, friends, and one certain coachman also has a vital role to play.

The very rounded characters make this all the more believable. Friend Emily, so scatterbrained at times, even gets to prove her worth in a pinch.

Setting, character, events are all just right, and Ms Dawn weaves this tale together wonderfully well. A few editorial slips (like morning where mourning is required) fail to mar what is an utterly engaging and delightful story. I predict this: if you read Crushing Desire once, you will certainly read it more than once.