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The Sandalwood Princess by Loretta Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is technically considered a "Regency" romance. True, it is set during the Regency period, and part of the story does take place in Yorkshire. However, this is not one of those polite Regency novels fixated on manners, "the season" or ball gowns.
The book starts off in India. Amanda is given a statue by her good friend The Rani. A legend surrounds the statue, but Amanda has no idea the monetary value of the relic. Amanda has the statue for less than an hour before she is attacked and the statue is stolen from her.
It also, just so happens, that Amanda, along with Rani's 'Cook', and her lady's maid have boarded the ship where the renowned thief, 'The Falcon' has also booked passage.
After such a fast start, pacing slowed considerably, but they are all on board for eight months, and due to a little mistaken identity, Philip, -aka- 'The Falcon', and Amanda begin to spend time together. The chemistry between them is very strong, and an attraction develops between them.
The second half of the book picks up speed a little as we watch the doomed relationship between Phillip and Amanda develop.
The question is: Who will betray whom?
I really enjoyed this light, and clever romance, which included a touch of intrigue. Originally published by Avon in 1990, the story doesn't appear very dated at all. The sensuality is almost G rated. Kissing and very mild innuendo only. The story was so good though, I don't think you will miss that element.
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