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Friday, January 15, 2010
Review - The Thorn At His Side by Diana Flori
Title: The Thorn at His Side
Author: Diana Flori
Publisher: Hearts on Fire Books
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Jennifer
Sexy, rugged James Blackthorn has a wish, but his wish-granting genie happens to be the manipulative Frenchman, Etienne Dubois, who has his own agenda. James embraces the independent spirit of the early Florida settlers and has a deep love for his land. His brother Colin, however, is a scalawag and a ladies' man, and a threat to Etienne Dubois' tranquility, who fears his daughter Cecile is in love with Colin.
After a five year exile in Paris, Cecile Dubois, a spunky and beautiful young girl returns to Key West determined to marry James, whom she secretly adores. But Etienne, her father, has other plans in mind. Mistakenly believing that Cecile wants to marry the unsuitable Colin, Dubois makes a pact with James to send Colin away in exchange for more land. What Etienne doesn't know is that by keeping the wolf away he has opened the door to the lion. James can't help his attraction to Cecile, which he fights at every turn. But what will happen when Cecile finds out she has been bartered for a piece of land?
This is Ms. Flori's first novel. It was well written and an engaging story. I loved the setting of Key West 1880. I got a picture of Key West in a different time. Really neat. The main female character Cecile is a strong and independent woman. The main male character is a strong and rugged man. The characters were well rounded and full characters. It was a great read with a good plot line, wonderful characters and steamy in parts. I really enjoyed reading it.