Suddenly by Candace Camp
Rated 4 out of 5 White Roses.
Content rated with the Red Rose.
Charity Emerson knows her older sister is about to marry a man she doesn’t love. So Charity ignores convention by offering herself up to Simon “Devil” Dure instead. Her sister can marry the man she really wants, and Simon can just have an understanding with her instead. The whole world just happened to be surprised when Simon actually agreed with her.
Simon barely knows his reason for agreeing to Charity’s scheme, she is after all, still so young and definitely too lively. But after one kiss, he knew life with her would never be boring. He would have a pleasant marriage with Charity. At least he knows he won’t fall in love with her. He’s guarded his heart so well, for so long, that he’s sure, even the tender Charity Emerson can’t break through.
Now here’s my humble opinion…
I actually enjoyed the interaction between Charity and Simon. As young and naive as she is (and she can be rather naive and gullible), she suits him really well. This courtesan was able to feel the sparks between them. And with Simon’s haunted past and Charity’s innocent spunk, they provided a good balance of the macabre and humor.
Now the story may seem a little dated and the plot line familiar but if you consider the fact that Suddenly was originally released in 1996 then it should amaze you that this title is able to stand out and get a new issue for a new set of readers. Ms. Camp had added twists, interesting secondary characters, and wonderful dialogue to set this story apart. It is delicious at times and enjoyable and age doesn’t diminish that fact.
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