Third in the Sinful Sinclairs series, there is very little referenced from the previous books in this one, and though both Edge and Sam were introduced in earlier books, rest assured you can start reading here and not feel like you’ve missed anything.
What I’ve loved most about this series is the way Lara Temple really creates a sense of place; in this story, Edge and Sam spend a lot of time both in the present and in past reminiscences in Egypt, exploring archaeological sites. Both of them spent most of their formative years in Egypt and are reunited there as adults who’ve both been widowed. The scene where they’re out at a desert camp in the night and get ‘lost in the starlight’ almost brought me to tears - I’ve experienced nights like that, and they’re the closest thing to magic I think you can experience. The author’s description really brought it to life perfectly.
Sam and Edge have both made mistakes in the past which have had lasting consequences (trigger warnings for death of children and spouses apply) and there’s no easy resolution until both of them are able to fully ‘come clean’ with each other, confronting their past mistakes and accepting each other as they are, flaws and all. I have to say I’m really enjoying the current crop of historical romances from Harlequin/Mills & Boon and the way the authors have been given free rein to write introspective stories, with some pretty deep character examination rather than just light and fluffy romances. They’re not always easy reading, but they do leave you feeling both satisfied and as though the story is about real people, dealing with the kind of real emotional and physical issues couples have to today, but without the medical and mental health support available in the modern age to support their working through their issues. It’s sensitively and sensibly handled and absolutely believable, with the promise of a guaranteed happy ending to keep you going through the angsty parts.
If you want light and fluffy, this might not be a book for you, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a satisfying journey for two complex characters who are, in the end, perfect for each other. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources.
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Author Bio –
Lara Temple writes regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.
After moving around the world as a financial analyst she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them.
She lives with her husband, two children, and Lord Oscar the pooch who are all very forgiving about her taking over the kitchen table when she’s writing.
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