Written on: 30/03/2007 by Harriet Klausner (18660 reviews written)
The Wedding Dress
Harlequin HQN, May 2007, $6.99
Twenty-eight year old Jade Star Emma McDaniel looks forward to the complex role that will prove she can act to all her doubters; the part also allows her to escape somewhat the American tabloids fascination with her ex-husband cheating on her. She crosses the ocean to the dig site in Scotland to prepare herself for the role of early fourteenth century legendary warrior Lady Valiant, written for another actress who got hurt. Her teacher, archaeologist Dr. Jared Butler, is rude towards her to hide his shocking, to him, attraction to the American.
Jared is haunted by medieval ghosts and personal demons. He wants nothing to do with Emma, but cannot stop his desire for her. She feels the same way. However, as they make interesting discoveries at the dig, they fall in love.
THE WEDDING DRESS is an interesting contemporary romance that is actually at its best when the lead couple reflect upon the 1305 heroics of Lady Valiant. Though the storyline at times decelerates, especially when the McDaniel clan enters the fold (past and present), readers will enjoy the changing relationship between the actress and the archaeologist.