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A rescued rogue . . .

Scandal has rocked the city of London. Colin Eversea, a handsome, reckless unapologetic rogue is sentenced to hang for murder and, inconveniently for him, the only witness to the crime disappears. Then again, throughout history, the Everseas have always managed to cheat fate in style: Colin is snatched from the gallows by a beautiful, clever mercenary.

A captivating captor. . .

Cool-headed, daring Madeleine Greenway is immune to Colin's vaunted charm. Her mission is not to rescue Colin but to kidnap him, and to be paid handsomely for it. But when it becomes clear that whoever wants Colin alive wants Madeline dead, the two become uneasy allies in a deadly race for truth. Together, they'll face great danger—and a passion neither can resist.

Topics: Series, London, Regency Era, Murder, Mercenaries, Kidnapping, Steamy, Enemies to Lovers, and Adventurous

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061749285
List price: $5.99
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Clever dialogue between the two love interests who were more real than your average historical romance characters. Nice work!more
What a twist. Feuds are a source of inspiration. What started them? Can you be on one side and stick to it? Is there more than one reason? But then there are the star-crossed lovers. This was the twist in the unfolding scenes. I never considered the who and why? I missed it until the end. Great ending.more
a fun readmore
The ending is rather dull, but the journey along the way is fun. Madeleine is a complex character with a sad history. more
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Clever dialogue between the two love interests who were more real than your average historical romance characters. Nice work!more
What a twist. Feuds are a source of inspiration. What started them? Can you be on one side and stick to it? Is there more than one reason? But then there are the star-crossed lovers. This was the twist in the unfolding scenes. I never considered the who and why? I missed it until the end. Great ending.more
a fun readmore
The ending is rather dull, but the journey along the way is fun. Madeleine is a complex character with a sad history. more
The Perils of Pleasure
4 Stars

A well-written and engrossing mystery but the romance is only so-so.

The plot is full of clever twists and turns, and it is fun following the clues along with Madeline and Colin as they try to unravel who is behind his rescue and the attempt on her life.

Madeline is an intelligent and resourceful character who has been touched by tragedy. Nevertheless, she comes across as aloof and lacking in emotional depth. Her grief is barely discernible and while she has an obvious physical attraction to Colin, her love for him is not as certain - the words are there but the emotion is not.

Colin is your typical rake on the path toward redemption. He is a jovial free-spirit who uses humor to cope with his dire circumstances - this is not necessarily a bad thing but my preference is for the dark, brooding and tortured hero. Another problem with his character lies in the fact that he is supposedly desperately in love with his childhood sweetheart but has no problem seducing other women (including the heroine), which grates on the nerves.

The secondary characters are an interesting mix and each adds nuance and development as the story progresses. Marcus and Louisa, the other two sides of the love triangle, are intriguing, however, their romance is, unfortunately, not as developed as it could have been. Moreover, Louisa's willingness to exchange one brother for the other so quickly makes her appear fickle.

All in all, a promising beginning to the series and I look forward to reading more about the Everseas and the Redmonds.more
What a delightful book! I'd been a bit put off by the title but I've heard so many good things about this author, I finally decided to give her a try. When I was able to pick this book up on a $2.99 e-special, I thought the risk was low. I'm so glad I did. The story was very good and not the usual - the hero is a "Mr" and the heroine actually worked for a living (shock, horror). I very much enjoyed the wit and charm of the story and the characters and the style of the writing. Here's a taste. She looked as though she'd been ravished. He doubted she would welcome the observation. "You look as though you've been ravished," he said, as he was in a mood to make unwelcome observations.I enjoyed how many of the standard romance tropes were turned on their heads - a very capable older, experienced woman (I didn't see an actual age mentioned but she would have had to have been around 30 I believe which is quite old for a heroine in 1820) who saves the hero (he saves her too of course, as heroes are wont to do) for example. It's also a "road trip" story and the characters are together for almost the whole book, so there's plenty of interaction and dialogue and being shown the how and why these characters fall in love. It's very, very good. I feel a glom coming on! :D It's my ** Pick of the Month ** for July.more
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