Monday, October 29, 2012

What An Earl Wants-Kasey Michaels

What An Earl Wants

Kasey Michaels

Harlequin HQN, Nov 20 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373776764

In 1789 a drunken Earl of Saltwood duels with the man poking his wife. However, as he is shot by a hooded figure instead, he remarks he never anticipated this before dying. His widow and her lover leave.

Over two decades later, their children grow up with the scandal always hovering. Their oldest offspring, Gideon Redgrave, the current Earl of Saltwood ignores the scandal as he lives his way amidst London high society; except for distrusting everyone as he vowed to never allow a woman to destroy him. He is unhappy to be named guardian to the Collier heir. However he will do his duty even if the lad’s widowed half-sister Jessica Linden is a distraction he prefers to ignore but cannot as she demands custody of her younger sibling. As they fall in love, his late father’s mysterious alleged Hellfire Club membership surfaces with lethal consequences.

The opening Redgrave Regency romance (the Wedding Party short story in Rules of Engagement precedes this) is an exciting taut thriller starring two interesting protagonists struggling with the deaths of their fathers. The suspense grips the audience from the moment Jessica accosts Gideon and never slows down as the mystery of their respective fathers’ deaths place them and others in peril.

Harriet Klausner

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