Tuesday, 8 February 2011
#85 (#21) - Lady of Desire ~ Gaelen Foley
Another in the Knight Family series, this time about the youngest of their clan, Lady Jacinda.
All of her life she has had to bear the whispers that she is almost certainly going to turn out like her scandalous mother, Georgiana the Duchess of Hawkscliffe, dubbed by the ton Hawkscliffe's Harlot.
Fearing Jacinda is going the way of their Mother, her brother Robert arranges a marriage between Jacinda and an older man. Terrified by the prospect Jacinda fears the same fate as her Mother, and flees only to come face to face with the notorious leader of a London band of thieves, Billy Blade.
He's dangerous, gorgeous and as low as it is possible to get .... but there was just something about him that didn't add up ..... let's just say he was definitely no ordinary kind of criminal and definitely not born into that class.
Obviously she could so easily be ruined, but fortunately Billy has had business dealings with Jacinda's brother Lord Lucien and manages to return her to her family in the nick of time to avoid any scandal.
Faced with the prospect of losing Jacinda .... and the hangman's noose, Billy is persuaded that he should re-claim his old life and his title (Earl of Rackford) and confront his brutal and tyrannical father, the Marquess Earl of Truro and St Austell.
Having left his old life behind at the age of 10, he has to come to terms with becoming and behaving like a gentleman, the censure and teasing of the ton......can he do it? Can he win his lady?
A 4 **** Star read. Highly enjoyable and very well written.
I have another Cynthia Harrod-Eagles next.