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Historical Element: 8

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Review for Hazard
Author: Jo Beverley
Date of Review: 08/24/04
Reviewed by: MaryGrace Meloche

Reviewer Comments: Jo Beverley is one author who can create a mood deeply rooted with historical value. In Hazard, Beverley stuck with tradition but decided the rhythm of speech would be the noble approach, the results: They talk too much.

Finally, Lady Anne Peckworth has her story. Sequel readers know Anne is the jilted candidate from Beverley’s Forbidden and The Dragon's Bride. Although jilted twice, surprisingly Lady Anne is hardly heartbroken, for marriage was never her life’s goal. Born with a twisted foot, Anne has spent most of her existence being pitied. Nevertheless, Anne is content with her life. She enjoys blissful hours researching her familial ancestry.

Race de Vere is a polished nobody, a commoner, a tradesman’s son. Still, Race de Vere is concerned. As friend and secretary to the Earl of Wyvern, he has taken it upon himself to make certain that Anne Peckworth is all right after Wyvern discarded her. Mischievously, he becomes a fast friend to Anne's younger brother to gain Anne’s acquaintance.

Sparks of attraction fly between Race and Anne. Race awakens in Anne the pleasures of lust. It is with this realization that Anne discovers a need to find a husband – a man worthy of a duke’s daughter. Of course, Racecombe de Vere isn't in the running. His social position is far below Anne’s. Both realize he is not worthy. Regrettably, Anne sets off for London to shop in the season’s marriage mart, repeatedly dreaming of Racecombe and his wicked advances.

As a writer, Jo Beverley always remains firmly rooted in the traditional Regency form. Jo Beverley is one author who does not rely on fashionable trends to write her historical novels. However, in Hazard Beverley decided endless rounds of conversation would carry the story. After finishing Hazard, the phrase “Too much of a good thing” comes to mind. Woefully, Hazard is talkatively boring something similar to a long-winded person.

  • Rating: C minus
  • Sensuality: Warm

Overall: 7
Sensuality: 6
Historical Element: 8

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Review for Hazard
Author: Jo Beverley
Date of Review: 07/22/02
Reviewed by: Jennee

Reviewer Comments: This was one of the first novels by Ms. Beverley I have read, and it was extremely enjoyable. While it might not make it to my keeper shelf, it certainly did not get thrown against a wall either. The author writes in a crisp, clean style, and her dialogue between the hero and heroine is of the highest caliber I have read in some time--snappy and fun to read. I only wish there had been more of it. Lady Anne Peckworth is a woman who has been jilted twice by different suitors, and she is fed up with men in general. Then she meets Race de Vere, a man completely inappropriate for her according to society's standards. Yet she is drawn to him right from the very beginning, and the sparks practically leap off the page. Race de Vere is a man good at cleaning up life's little messes. He feels responsible for Anne because he knows, and even works for, one of the men who failed to uphold his promise to her. He feels it is his job to pull Anne out of the shadows of the ton where she has always dwelled. As he draws her out of her cocoon one night, the beautiful butterfly that emerges dazzles him. In my opinion, this book had a really hot promise that it failed to deliver on. I like my men big, brawny and hunky, and a historical romance filled with enough sexual tension for me to really sink my teeth into. This book did not have either, although the author did a terrific job of showing the boiling emotions the hero was experiencing under the surface. She showed that physical size is not what makes a man worthy of a gusty sigh. My biggest problem was that for a good portion of the book, Anne and Race did not really interact. But while the hero may have been absent in a majority of the scenes, I cannot emphasize enough what a fantastic job this author did in conveying his presence. In the truest sense, Race was gone, but never forgotten--both for the heroine and the reader. And through it all, Ms. Beverley recreates history beautifully, and her characters are true to the time. It is nice to read a historical romance that does not try and hide from the harsh realities that dictated the lives of those who lived it. For this book, even though for the most part it was not filled with exciting action, or sizzling sensuality, I can say that it was well written, with just the right touches of subtlety and sensitivity. Reading it certainly presents no hazard to your enjoyment of this author's work.

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