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by Katherine O'Neal

He is her sworn enemy.  She is the prize he wants above all.Diana Sanbourne is faced with an impossible choice: ignore her father's dying wish or seek out the one man who can fulfill it. The one man she despises--Jack Rutherford. Once, she had loved him, only to be betrayed, and she vowed never again to fall under the power of his seductive caress. Now he's a rogue hunter of ancient relics, with the daring and instincts that could lead to the fabled treasure her father asked her to find. Yet even as he joins her on her quest--one that will lead from England's shadowy underworld to a treacherous distant land--Diana must guard not only her life but her heart. For Jack makes it clear he intends to reclaim her for his own. And she is just as determined not to surrender.
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ISBN: 0553573802
ISBN13: 978-0553573800
Category: Romance
Subcategory: Historical
Author: Katherine O'Neal
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam (September 1, 1998)
ePUB size: 1411 kb
FB2 size: 1177 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 292
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As another reviewer has noted, this is a memorable and engrossing Indiana-Jones-like story of two archaeologists pursuing Cleopatra's love treasure. It's obvious that they are destined to be together (that is usually the nature of these romances), but they seem impossibly stubborn about getting there. One reviewer has complained that the heroine was too "malleable" and Jack too unrepentant. I have to say that I felt absolutely the opposite in reading this book. The heroine swore her unconditional love to the hero and then literally two days later retracted her vow without ever hearing his side of the story. She let him rot in prison for two years without ever visiting him. Now I understand that we're supposed to feel that they've both been wrong... but I admit I was a little irritated that Diana seemed so much more wrong than Jack. Her hypocrisy and intense mood swings aside, the rapport between the two was good and they were ultimately believable as a couple.

The language occasionally frustrated me, as it is unabashedly contemporary and not in keeping with the novel's setting in 1899/1900. That probably makes this more accessible to many readers, however, and it does help the writing keep up with the rapid pace of the plot. This is a rare historical romance novel in which the suspense of the plot basically overwhelms the fluffier elements. Usually the romantic development is front and center and tangentially someone is trying to kill them, but is genteel enough about it that he doesn't interfere with their playful banter or sensual interludes. Not so in this book, which could stand alone on what in others would be relegated to a subplot. For this reason I can say that I didn't like the ending, even though the romantic plotline wrapped up perfectly; then again, I was irritated by the ending of "Titanic" too. (Hopefully this isn't too much of a spoiler.) In all, this is a book worth reading.
In several respects this seemed a very different sort of story for Katherine, yet always her unique style. Her sensual scenes are still some of the best out there.
Full of turns and twists, one can overlook the seemingly superhuman feats performed by Jack and Diana, which could leave you tongue-in-cheek. But the story is so good I didn't care, simply enjoyed the fantasy of Katherine's furtile mind. Besides, it's okay to be larger than life in fiction.
Katherine's stories will turn you wrongside out with passion, and that's the kind of romance we all dream about. -Lee Emory
I finished Written In The Stars last night. It was an easy read for me and I truely enjoyed the story. If you like books that are fast paced and sensual, this is a book for you. It was my first Katherine O'Neal book and will not be my last.