Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Duke’s Night of Sin-Kathryn Caskie

The Duke’s Night of Sin
Kathryn Caskie
Avon, Nov 30 2010, $7.99
ISBN: 9780061491030

In 1816 London at aptly titled Blackwood Hall while England is dark even in daylight due to the ash on the air from a volcano eruption, Lady Siusan Sinclair enters the unlighted library while struggling with today’s date; the anniversary of her fiancé’s death. A stranger follows her in, takes her in his arms and holds her in a warm hug before they kiss. Both are stunned by the feelings each feels for the other though faceless in the dark.

Although she never held a paying job before, Siusan obtains a teacher position in Bath. She likes most of her students, but especially has a place in her heart for Gemma. On the other hand she detests Gemma’s guardian, the Duke of Exeter, who seems constantly at war with her. However, both know the loathing is a mask for the love they feel for feel for one another; as they felt it when they first met in the London library.

The latest Seven Deadly Sins Regency romance (see The Most Wicked of Sins; envy and To Sin With A Stranger; avarice) is an enjoyable historical. Siusan, cut off from income by her angry father, diligently works to overcome “sloth”; while Exeter enjoys teasing the “sinner”. While their gender war feel somewhat similar to that of her brother Sterling’s romantic combat in To Sin With A Stranger, fans will enjoy the third sinner’s tale.

Harriet Klausner

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