Bertrice Smallhas written thirty novels of historical romance and two erotic novellas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards. In keeping with her profession, Bertrice Small lives in the oldest English-speaking town in the state of New York, founded in 1640. Her light-filled studio includes the paintings of her favorite cover artist, Elaine Duillo, and a large library-but no computer as she works on an IBM Quietwriter 7. Her longtime assistant, Judy Walker, types the final draft. Because she believes in happy endings, Bertrice Small has been married to the same man, her hero, George, for thirty-eight years. They have a son, Thomas, a daughter-in-law, Megan, and two adorable grandchildren, Chandler David and Cora Alexandra. Longtime readers will be happy to know that Nicki the Cockatiel flourishes along with his fellow housemates, Pookie, the long-haired greige and white, Honeybun, the petite orange lady cat with the cream-colored paws, and Finnegan, the black long-haired baby of the family, who is almost two.
The final chapter (covering the years 1615-1623) in the lustful life of tireless matriarch Skye O'Malley unfolds in England and Scotland as Skye intervenes yet again on behalf of her favorite granddaughter, beautiful, hot-blooded Jasmine. Having fled England resisting a marriage decreed by King James, Jasmine has fallen into disgrace at the court. Her exasperated, persistent bridegroom-to-be, Scottish Earl of Glenkirk James Leslie, trails after Skye and at last finds Jasmine and her children. Assisted by Grandmama Skye's skillful designs, the romance evolves rather effortlessly into a happy match bound by potent, explicit sexuality. Although all is forgiven at court, the old king makes inadvertent trouble for the couple when he arouses the ire of the depraved marquis of Hartsfield, Piers St. Denis, whose evil chicanery creates touches of psychological drama and a narrow escape for Jasmine. Time has not deepened Jasmine or Skye, but friends of the O'Malley clan read Small for the exciting tale and the sex, neither of which is missing here. The women's memories of past exploits enliven tranquil moments with charm and poignancy, and Skye's last adventures will bring tears to readers' eyes. (Sept.)
"Rare poignancy, heart-stopping adventure, and sizzling sensuality."