"Fielding Grey is the second son of the Marquess of Eldon and fortune hunter by night. He's on a mission for the Legend Hunters--a group of wealthy, titled, and heart-breakingly gorgeous men, each of whom are after the find of the century--he has his eyes set on obtaining the illustrious Pandora's Box. But before he finds it, he encounters an equally alluring treasure--the woman bold enough to look inside. Esme Worthington can't resist taking the tiniest peek inside when fate drops the real Pandora's Box in her lap. Thus, she unleashes one of Pandora's irresistible curses: the curse of lust. Now, both Esme and Fielding must deal with this passionate curse--or blessing?--before unknown implications of Pandora's Box overpower them both.
My Thoughts: Surprise! Yes, surprise was my initial reaction to this book. Surprised that I liked the book so much. Normally, this type of cover would be a turn off for me but get past that and the story is not just a romantic romp but a fun adventure tale. The whole premise of legends and myths is interesting and once I started the book, I wanted to read more about mythology, archaeology and the rumors about curses and antiquities hunters. Esme is such a fun character; serious, book loving scholar with a lot of spunk who is not averse to speaking her mind. Yet, inside beats the heart of a woman yearning for true love and family. At the advanced age of 27, she is convinced she will die a lonely virgin until she meets Fielding Grey. Sparks fly while the two of them try to track down others who have looked into the box and released some of its contents. In a race against time to thwart the curse, Esme and Fielding not only meet a few nefarious characters along the way but they find out some startling family revelations. DeHart does a superb job of keeping up the reader's interest level. Her characters are very well fleshed out and are easily imagined. I think I too fell in love with Fielding! Another element of the book I really liked was the whole Victorian atmosphere. From exclusive gentlemen's clubs to the seediest parts of London, this book has it all; great characters, wonderful atmosphere, steamy ( phew, is it hot in here or is it just me?) romance and lots of adventure. What more could you ask for? I know I am really looking forward to the next two books in the Legend Hunter's trilogy. A fun read! For it's genre 4****
Author Bio:Robyn DeHart has published four books with Avon: Courting Claudia, A Study in Scandal, Deliciously Wicked, and Tempted At Every Turn. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining." A two-time Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice award nominee, Robyn has earned 4 star and 4 star top pick reviews on all her books and Kathe Robin says, "Like Amanda Quick, DeHart will keep you up all night." Robyn's 5 fun facts about the book can be found here and her website can be found here. Book trailer is on Robyn's website. A definite must see.
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