MacLean, Julianne. In My Wildest Fantasies. (New York: Avon, 2007). ISBN – 9780060819491.
Main Characters: Lady Rebecca Newland and Devon Sinclair, Marquess of Hawthorne
Description from book:
A simple twist of fate . . .
Four years ago, a mesmerizing stranger pulled Lady Rebecca Newland from her runaway coach, galloping to her rescue in a fog-shrouded forest. Though she was just seventeen, Rebecca felt an irresistible desire for the mysterious man, and swore that she would someday be his bride. But now she is betrothed to another man whom she detests – and Devon Sinclair, the future duke of Pembroke, and her hero, lies tantalizing beyond her reach.
Haunted by an unspeakable past, Devon has no intention of taking a wife, not even the enticing Rebecca. But then his father rules that Devon must wed by Christmas or forfeit his rightful inheritance. Now, with his fortune at stake, Devon sets out to lure Rebecca to his bed . . . where their scandalous passion could prove they are destined for true love.
Ok, I admit it – I’m a sucker for the white-knight-rides-to-the-rescue-of-the-damsel-in-distress story. So, I was hooked on this story from the part where Devon Sinclair comes to aid of Lady Rebecca and her father. I will say that my favorite part of the story is the scene following a dramatic rescue where Devon tries to tend to Rebecca’s injured or not-so injured) elbow. The sexual tension between the two was palpable.
Rebecca and Devon were a good pair who were surprisingly well matched. I love the fact that when Mr. Rushton tries to blackmail Rebecca into leaving her husband, she actually tells her husband. She does not run off trying to protect him. While their marriage is still at a rocky point, Rebecca and Devon actually work together to sort out the problem. This doesn’t often happen in romance novels, but I really appreciated it.
Overall, this was a fun book – and a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. I was a bit bummed by the story thread about Devon’s father and his belief that his family was cursed, but only because it was not resolved. This storyline is obviously part of plot about the Sinclair family that will play out over several books. I do like the storyline, but was slightly frustrated when I realized that I would have to wait for the stories involving Devon’s siblings in order to find out whether Devon’s father is indeed mad and whether or not there really is a curse. I am looking forward to Vincent’s story which is next. I can’t wait to find out how the Sinclair family curse all plays out.
Read first February 2008