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The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle


Cover art: The Bride Wore Scarlet Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Bride Wore Scarlet - 4th in the Rutledge Family series
Author: Liz Carlyle
Publisher: Avon
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-196576-0
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: Late 1800ís London & Brussels
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Liz's Website/Blog: www.lizcarlyle.com

Anais de Rohan has been marked for an amazing journey from a very young age. Her great-grandmother was gifted in reading Tarot cards. Repeatedly, the Tarot pointed to a specific destiny for Anais and she has worked her entire life to fulfill this prophecy from the cards. So when she finds herself pretending to be the new bride of one of the St. James Societyís leaders, she isnít sure this is what she expected from her training. She expected to become a Guardian and help protect those in the Society who have Gifts.

Lord Bessett canít believe Anais would dare try to join their men-only Societyóas a Guardian, no less. But even the rule-driven Geoff (Lord Bessett) cannot deny that the Society desperately needs her on Geoffís mission. He needs to get into Brussels and extract a young girl with a strong Gift. The Society would like her mother to come as well, but if the mama is unwilling to come, they will kidnap the girl if necessary. The girl needs to have a Guardian of her own to help teach her how to use her Gift and how to control it. They believe the man who is helping the mother and daughter is an evil man who wants to use the Gift for nefarious purposes.

When Anais and Geoff arrive in Brussels, there is intrigue around every corner and they know they may not make it out with their lives. But the girl must be rescued at any cost. Will it be their lives lost or their hearts?

What a ride this book was! Itís a romance that heats up to some incredibly sensual moments between Anais and Geoff. Beyond that, the whole business of the Gift brings a hint of paranormal to the story. I loved the explanation of the Gift because I have known people with similar Gifts. I thought it was incredibly well handled and done in a way that doesnít detract from the story, it only adds more to the intrigue and mystery. For those who say they donít like paranormals, I think even you would like this story.

Anais and Geoff are both incredibly strong people. They both have an iron will and each tries to bend the other. It causes sparks to fly at every interaction they have. You never knew if they were going to come to blows or if that same spark would ignite passion instead. I noticed that coming soon will be the title The Bride Wore Pearls. If itís half as hot or fast-paced as this book, you wonít want to miss it either.


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