Intrigued (Skye's Legacy #4)


4.00 · 4 ratings · Published: Oct 1st, 2001 {{ book.ratingTitle }}
From Publishers Weekly
The latest installment in Small's popular historical-romance series, Skye's Legacy, has been chosen as the launch book for Kensington's new erotic romance imprint. It continues the saga of lusty matriarch Skye O'Malley, this time chronicling the exploits of her great-granddaughter, Lady Autumn Rose Leslie, daughter of the Duchess Jasmine. The mid-17th century finds England engaged in civil war, King Charles the First beheaded, the throne abandoned and Sir Oliver Cromwell establishing an English republic. But 19-year-old Autumn's primary concern is finding a suitable husband amid the strife. Impelled by the war's threat to the blue bloods and the death of her husband, Duchess Jasmine spirits Autumn away to the safety of the family chateau in the Loire Valley. In France, there is still some semblance of order, and the court of 12-year-old King Louis XIV provides a suitable stage for Autumn to make her social debut in style. She is courted in grand fashion by the dashing Marquis d'Auriville; they soon wed and he initiates Autumn into the fine art of carnal pleasures. Marital bliss comes to an end with his untimely death and Autumn's new role as widow soon attracts the attention of the now 18-year-old Louis, whose amorous advances Autumn spurned when the two first met. After a lurid tryst with the insatiable king, Autumn bears a royal bastard. With Cromwell dead and the British monarchy restored, Autumn and her family return to England, where she dazzles the royal court and seduces King Charles II. Small has delivered an erotic adventure couched mildly in the political intrigue of 17th-century France and England. Fans will devour the latest offering in this series, relishing the steamy sex scenes and happy ending. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Continuing the saga begun 30 years ago with the now classic Skye O'Malley, Small's latest romantic adventure sweeps the beautiful, willful Autumn Leslie from Cromwellian England to France and back to the Restoration Court of Charles II with all the sensual flair of her earlier books. Definitely in the Skye O'Malley tradition of strong heroines who find themselves in difficult circumstances and needing to take control of their own lives and the men in them this fast-paced novel sees our intrepid heroine through one husband, two kings, and finally safe in the arms of the ultimate hero. Although some of the euphemisms for the human anatomy become annoying, the story is nicely plotted, peopled with memorable characters, and full of interesting historical detail and enough family lineage to help readers keep everyone straight (Autumn is Skye's great-granddaughter, through Velvet and Jasmine). The initial title of Kensington's Brava imprint, this is essential reading for fans of the O'Malley saga and may appeal to those who enjoy the classic sweet/savage romance, as well. Small (A Memory of Love) is one of the original six Avon Ladies (like Rosemary Rogers, above) who wrote historical romances for Avon in the mid-Seventies. She lives on Long Island, NY.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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