Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Midsummer’s Night Sin-Kasey Michaels

A Midsummer’s Night Sin

Kasey Michaels

Harlequin HQN, Nov 22 2011, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373776108

Although she has trepidations, the daughter of an uncouth shipping merchant and an arrogant aristocrat, Regina Hackett and her cousin Miranda Mentmore decide to attend a taboo masquerade ball. At the London gala, the illegitimate son of a Marquess, Robin “Puck” Goodfellow Blackthorn dances with and kisses Regina, but stops when he realizes she is an innocent.

She wants to go home, but cannot find her cousin. She turns to Puck for help. He fears Miranda is the latest blonde-haired blue-eyed beauty to vanish during the season. Knowing they need help as Puck believes slave traffickers abducted Miranda, he turns to his brother Black Jack who is already investigating the kidnappings.

The second Blackthorn Brothers historical romance (see The Taming of the Rake) is an engaging suspense thriller as the lead couple and Black Jack search for Miranda and other abducted females. Puck and Regina learn much about one another while on their inquiry as she proves brave and intelligent and he proves reliable and caring. Although the prime villain seems too obvious early on, readers will enjoy Kasey Michaels’ exciting nineteenth century romantic thriller.

Harriet Klausner

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