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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dark Desires of the Druids III: Desert and Destiny by Isabel Roman

Dark Desires of the Druids III: Desert and Destiny by Isabel Roman
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (220 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

The first time they met, Arabelle Bahari tried to kill him. The second time, they made love on a desk in the British Museum. But they needed each other, and Gareth, Lord Moore, despite his arrogant ways and pompous manner, drew her back to him each time they met. He needed her to decipher the magickal runes on a special box and Arabelle discovered she just needed him.

Gareth, Earl Moore, had closed himself off from the world. He had his work at Parliament and his work securing a place for his kind, magickers, in a world that hated and hunted them. When he met Arabelle Bahari, he felt an attraction he'd never experienced before. And while he didn't trust her, he did want her.

They came together out of need, helpless to resist the passion between them. but when an old enemy tries to kill Arabelle, will Gareth realize the depth of his emotions? Or will the desert swallow them all?

Gareth, Lord Moore, is one of four Druid masters, targeted still by John Corwin, in Victorian London. Gareth witnesses Corwin beat and murder an innocent magicker in an abandoned warehouse in the back streets of the city’s poorer section. Corwin is seeking the mysterious jeweled box, thought to contain riches hidden long ago by the Druid s in an effort to keep them safe.

A powerful magicker herself, Arabelle Bahari prevents Gareth from killing Corwin at the scene, believing that would turn him into a martyr for his cause. When Gareth provides the mysterious box for Arabelle’s scrutiny, clues lead the Druid masters to Egypt in search of the Druid treasure: not gold and jewels as Corwin desires, but the recorded history of the Druids and their strong spells.

As the group meets, over time, Gareth is drawn more and more to Arabelle: her beauty, her strength and her intelligence. Can Gareth forget his pain and hurt form his former fiancĂ©e’s betrayal and find love with Arabelle? Can the masters find the treasure in time? Will Corwin catch them and get the treasure for himself? Can they stop Corwin once and for all?

Isabel Roman has once again taken us back in time to revisit her Druidic masters. The usual cast of characters is present: Raven and Malcolm, Lucien and Morgana, and Lady Isadore Harrington are all here. At the onset, Gareth is still bitter and resentful of Malcolm, Lord Preston for seducing and marrying Raven, and it colors many of his actions. But Arabelle realizes she cares for Gareth, and does all she can to win him over.

The location this time, Egypt of the late 1800’s, is one of contrasts. There are luxurious hotels catering to the tourists and crumbling hovels that the native people live in almost next to each other. The characters are, as always, richly charismatic and superbly detailed. The women are strong and intelligent, and as willing to jump into the fray as the men are. The action is fast and exciting, the mystery engaging, and the romance is searingly hot.

For anyone who likes a bit of history with their romance, this one fills the bill quite nicely. Do Gareth and Arabelle get the happy ever after they deserve? Read Dark Desires of the Druids III: Desert and Destiny and find out.

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