Dark Desires of the Druids IV: Temptations and Treachery by Isabel Roman
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (202 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly
Lady Isadore Harrington is a well-bred English lady. She's traveled the world in search of magickal artifacts to help her people and has seen the best and worst of humanity. But she's never taken time for herself-never done just for herself. Going to Philadelphia as the magicker emissary between England and the Americas, she intends to rectify that.
Then she meets James Blackthorne. Tall, handsome, witty, commanding, he brings out feelings in her she's always wanted to experience but never has. He makes her want him, makes her forget all else but him. Virginal, but far from naïve, Isadore is tempted to experience everything James has to offer. Cautious by nature, she offers her body to him and discovers all her sexual desires fulfilled.
But the magicker world is far from safe, and Isadore is threatened from many who are jealous and distrustful. Temptations abound, but treachery is never far behind.
There is trouble in Philadelphia. The Council of magickers that Morgana Blackthorne is Master of is coming under attack. Not overt attack, but something else: their homes are being invaded and ransacked. These break-ins begin just as Lady Isadore Harrington arrives in Philadelphia to apprise James Blackthorne of the happenings in England these past two years, since Morgana married and left James in charge in her stead.
When James meets Isadore, he is strongly attracted to her, almost immediately, and the feeling is mutual. But before they can act on any personal agendas, Isadore needs to tell James of the discovery of the Book of the Druids that holds the history long thought lost. She is also there to teach some strengthening spells to James.
Can they ignore their feelings and still work together to solve the crimes? Can James protect Isadore from the jealous hatred of his former lover? Can Isadore embrace her Druidic heritage and take James as her first lover, or will Therese be victorious in her attempts to separate the two forever?
In this fourth book in the Druids series, Isabel Roman takes us back to Philadelphia of the late 1800’s. The characters are superb and complex. Isadore is a strong woman, much like all of the heroines in Ms. Roman’s Druid books. But unlike the others, Isadore is an innocent. She has never been loved or in love, until she meets James.
James is a strong and handsome man, and he works to win her heart as well as her body. His only regret is that he can’t seem to get a handle on what is happening in the town, and can’t stop the break-ins in time to protect his household. When Isadore gives in to the passion and takes James to be her first lover, she does it with abandon.
I loved the twists and surprises in this one, and I was truly sorry to see it end. Ms. Roman writes of her Druids with a depth and passion that I truly enjoy, and I hope she will continue to revisit them occasionally. Do Isadore and James have their happy ever after? Of course, but it comes with a few surprises by the end.
I heartily recommend this to any who enjoy hot romance and mystery with a historic flavor.