Sweet Not Always. - Karen van der Zee A typical old Harlequin, laden with local color and sexism. Since the author is Karen van der Zee, the West African local color is very well done, albeit sometimes uncomfortable for modern readers. It was also interesting to read an old HP with a social conscience. Even van der Zee's good writing couldn't save this hero though, who calls the heroine "little girl" and blows hot and cold at her in a most aggravating fashion.