4 stars and a half

Contemporary Romance Review: Stormspell by Anne Mather

Stormspell, Anne Mather, Worldwide, 1982, cover artist Len Goldberg

From the back of the book:

“Ruth was young, she was beautiful, she was ripe for love…but she was innocent, until Dominic invaded her island home, and her heart…Dominic was rich and powerful, bored and world-weary, fighting a temptation he had never before had to face…Indigo was the island, Indigo: Warm and colourful, and seductively romantic; drenched by the tropical sun and washed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean…
And in the aftermath of the storm, it cast its own spell…” 

4 1/2 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Written in 1983, Anne Mather’s Stormspell was anachronistic even for its day. First, the big age difference that skirts legal lines: The heroine is 17, the hero is 33. Ruth was raised on a small Caribbean island by her elderly father and is so sheltered she makes your typical Harlequin Presents heroine look like a fusion of legendary romance sluts Skye O’Malley & Anita Blake!

Ruth rescues a stranger when he washes ashore after a shipwreck. A couple of stolen moments later, she’s in love and they consummate their relationship. Then Dominic–he’s the supposed hero of this book–drops the anvil: he’s engaged and has no intention of dumping his fiancée!

Fast-forward to England a few months later. Ruth’s an orphan now and has come into money. She gets the sophisticated makeover. Dominic pursues Ruth while still engaged.

Oh yeah, they’re gonna do it again.

He’s a complete dog, but I guess I like jerk heroes because I really enjoyed this one. What’s interesting about this is that the first half of the book is purely from the heroine’s perspective and the second is mostly the hero’s. Mather’s writing was at her best here. If you like cheesy romances–and I do–it’s a keeper.

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