Thomas Blackwood used to be handsome, with his life mostly superficial and boring. After a tragic accident, he's now maimed and working for the government undercover. Madeleine DuMais has been assigned with him to work a case in the small village of Winter Garden. Madeleine is surprised by how captivated by and attracted she is to Thomas, who is mysterious and alluring at the same time. Together they will try to infiltrate and bring down a local gentleman who is steeped in the opium trade there. Along the way, there is a powerful attraction that draws them together, which leads to some heated and very sexy scenes. Yet, when all is finally revealed, Madeleine will have to face her feelings of betrayal to come to terms with her situation.
WINTER GARDEN is not your cookie cutter "romance" novel. This is a complex, very erotic romance, with intricately woven threads of desire, deceit and danger. It has such palpable sexual tension and searing passion between Maddie and Thomas, it is super-charged hot! Filled with emotional longing and deep desires, it will leave readers breathless. The plot of the opium is a sideline to the very real character driven story between Thomas and Maddie. It has been on my keeper shelf since 2000 when it was first published and is still there. If this had been a new release, it would have made the "5" rating.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Jones