Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Daring Passion-Rosemary Rogers

A Daring Passion
Rosemary Rogers
Harlequin HQN, Oct 2007, $6.99
ISBN: 9780373772476

Until he became ill from the bullet wound inflicted by the new competent magistrate Tom Harper, Lord Josiah Wimborne hid his secret identity and mission from his beloved daughter Raine who he protected at all cost. However, when the sheltered Raine learns she is the offspring of the notorious Robin Hood like Knave of Knightsbridge, she decides to prove she is a chip off the old block and take up the mantle of robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

She is very successful as a highwaywoman until she assaults Philippe Gautier. He turns the tables on Raine and makes her his prisoner threatening to expose her father as the Knave of Knightsbridge if she fails to cooperate. Phillip believes Raine is the key to saving his brother incarcerated in France. As they fall in love, the danger mounts from a treacherous foe, who will have no compunction killing Raine; Philippe’s death is foregone conclusion.

Although a female smoothly taking over as a legendary highwayman is not new and in this case questionable due to Raine’s background, A DARING PASSION is a strong historical romance. Philippe finds himself trapped in a quandary of his own making when his plans to use Raine as a pawn to free his brother becomes difficult to do; not just because he loves her, but also he admires her spunk and courage while questioning if he is doing the honorable thing. Fans will appreciate this fine tale of love that grips the audience who will wonder will he choose his brother or his beloved.

Harriet Klausner

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