Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Never a Gentleman-Eileen Dreyer

Never a Gentleman
Eileen Dreyer
Forever, Apr 1 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780446542067

In 1815, as a military officer’s daughter Miss Grace Fairchild knows her strengths and weaknesses before going into “battle” with each new posting by her father the General. To most men, she is way too tall and plain so she knows she will not marry.

However in Canterbury, she awakens one day nude in her bed to find a naked man in her bed while seemingly a unit of the Ton watched gleefully. Someone drugged and dumped Diccan Hilliard in Grace’s bed. He knows they will marry, but Grace has yet to learn the rules of engagement amidst the Ton. As they begin to fall in love, Grace realizes her spouse conceals a dark secret from her linked to what she thought was a cruel prank, but now knows is something for deadlier.

The second Drake’s Rakes (see Barely a Lady) is an enjoyable Regency romantic suspense with twists and spins bringing freshness to the over used caught in bed scandal leading to marriage ploy. The story line is fast-paced with a solid mystery subplot to enhance the romance between the lead married couple. Regency fans will appreciate Grace’s snooping into what Diccan hides from her, as she fears what ugliness she will learn that he conceals.

Harriet Klausner

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