Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publish Date: April 19, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: When it comes to family secrets, Southern gentry would rather let sleeping dogs lie.
Abigail Wetherington believes the evil that stalks her family in the streets of London is a sleeping dog come back to bite them. So with her last breath, she implores her beautiful granddaughter, Lillie, to feel to the family's polo estate in South Carolina and seek the protection of someone Abigail has come to trust - Swain Butler. What Lillie doesn't know is that she is putting herself in the hands of a woman who may be the biggest family secret of them all.
"Be careful," Abigail cautions Lillie, "If sleeping dogs must be roused, then call them forth softly."
Review: Call Me Softly is a thrilling and enthralling novel of love, lies, intrigue, and Southern charm - with horses and polo added into the mix. Lillie and Swain are a sensuous pair and Call Me Softly is reminiscent of a great Rita Mae Brown novel. I found myself entrenched in Lillie's story from the very first word. I had a very hard time putting this book down (and stayed up a bit too late reading to finish it!). The strength and vulnerability of Swain is very endearing and attractive and the relationship between Lillie and Swain is hot! If they're anything like Call Me Softly, I can't wait to read more of Ms. Leigh's novels!