Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Book Review... Shades of Sin - Sara Wood
Shades of Sin - Sara Wood
Mills & Boon Romance
Mills & Boon, 1993
From the back cover:
"The rebel is back....
Ruan Gardini had been the local 'bad boy.' Four years ago, his zest for life and love of danger had made Natasha come alive for the first time...
Natasha Trelawyn had been unhappy and withdrawn - until she'd met Ruan. But they'd parted bitter enemies, and she'd started a new life without him...
Now Ruan was back - to claim his revenge. And Natasha hadn't bargained for the power that he, with his darkly smoldering charisma, still possessed! How long could she keep on resisting him when he seemed intent on making her pay in full the price of their shared past?"
This is one of those books that for the first thirty pages or so you have absolutely no idea what is going on yet it is difficult to put down.
The basic theme of this book is revenge, but the plot is much more complicated and intriguing than your usual revenge-style romance. This made for a very up-and-down read; the book manages to be both gripping and frustrating.
I like Sara Wood’s style, very ‘classic’ yet with plenty of passion and depth. The inclusion of the hero’s POV (strange in a book of this time) is a definite plus and helps the plot flow a little more smoothly.
The love story between the hero and heroine is very powerful, with lots of tenderness steming from the hero and heroine being childhood sweethearts, as well as some stormy emotions when they are reunited. I felt that there was so much going on in the story that the actually romance got lost amongst it and the book ended up feeling a little disjointed.
A good read, just not quite there.