Monday, March 2, 2015

The Tempting of Thomas Carrick - Stephanie Laurens

The Tempting of Thomas Carrick
Stephanie Laurens
Mira, Feb 24 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778317821

In 1848, Lucilla Cynster knows that Thomas Carrick is her beloved one.  Thomas feels the same way about Lucilla, but refuses to act on his heart’s desire as he remains far away from her in Glasgow where he runs successful Carrick Enterprises and she resides at Casphairn Manor.  Instead he hopes distance makes the heart forget since marrying Lucilla means the end of his business dreams and the beginning of clan Laird responsibilities.

When his uncle becomes ill, Thomas comes home to learn his clan is under assault.  Unable to resist Lucilla and her confidence in him to do the right thing for his kin, Thomas begins dreaming of life fulfilled with his beloved and life empty without her; especially after someone tries to kill her.

The second Cynster’s Next Generation Victorian (see By Winter’s Light) is an appealing historical romantic suspense though the intrigue resolution is left apparently for the next book starring Lucilla’s twin Marcus to resolve.  Thomas brings refreshing reluctance with full awareness of his feelings to the mix; but also at times their relationship feels off-kilter with how the protagonists react to attempted murder.  The Tempting of Thomas Carrick will please saga fans.

Harriet Klausner

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