This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Until You're Mine
Date of Review: 07/05/03
London, 1813 - Laura Lancaster, was a displaced American scrimping and saving to afford passage home now that the wars between the two countries seemed to be more settled. She found work as an actress, as well as the camaraderie with friends all eking out a life on the boards. In her twenties, beautiful, and still saving herself for the storybook prince – or at least a good honorable man, she was unlike her best friend and fellow actress, Celia who supplemented her living with gentlemen protectors.
Julian Norcliff, Earl of Lockwood, was a handsome man whose good opinion of the fairer sex had been squashed when forced into an arranged marriage to a female with the morals of an alley cat. Burying himself in political causes, he only had need of woman for the most basic of uses and was so discreet at that the rumors began that he was more attracted to his own gender. In an attempt to squash those rumors a staged arrangement of him squiring around a mistress was hatched.
Laura thought she would be able to play the part, and she certainly was hungry enough to agree to it though – in name only. For Julian, not quite believing the claims of her supposed virginal innocence, and where this was to be a relationship in name only it seemed the perfect solution. What Julian did not expect though was that Laura would have him so intrigued that he just might have to renegotiate the no sex clause in the agreement.
This was a sweet enough romance with just enough plotting and intrigue to make it interesting. The lead characters were very likeable and finely drawn as well as the secondary characters who blended in beautifully and helped the intrigue and mystery work out to a fully satisfying conclusion. This was a first time read of this author’s work and the style and pace were exactly what I look for in a historical romance. Very good, nice plot and quick page-turner in a book I can definitely recommend.