Monday, March 9, 2009

The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal

The Edge of Impropriety is the newest novel by Pam Rosenthal. Rosenthal is known for her historical romances that are well researched and written, feature mature characters who have experienced the pitfalls of life, and for her erotic edge. The Edge of Impropriety features all of these characteristics, and sweeps the reader along as well.

Countess Marina Wyatt has been widowed for several years, and is known for her beauty and her tremendously popular novels. Jasper James Hedges is an antiquities historian and art appraiser, who spends most of his time in the country, instead of London, and who is determinedly unfashionable. When they meet at a dinner party, they are both unwillingly intrigued by the other, and fall headlong into a steamy affair. However, despite neither of them believing that their affair will last, Marina and Jasper begin to realize that they have more in common than they initially realized. They are both older, and have been badly hurt in their previous relationships with the opposite sex. They both have dark secrets in their past that continue to affect them. They are both ferociously intelligent, and are both determined to live their lives on their own terms.

When Marina and those in her circle begin to be stalked and threatened by an unknown person, Marina and Jasper are forced to face their fears and their past, in order to survive in the present. I was caught up in the intrigue, and I appreciated the courage and intelligence of both the main characters. The conflicts were logical and not overblown, and the connection and growing relationship between Marina and Jasper was well written. I really enjoyed both the intrigue and the romance in this novel, and I look forward to the next novel by Pam Rosenthal.

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