STORY: Gabriel DeVault, a dashing highwayman, lives to avenge himself against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him as a child. One night’s robbery yields unexpected riches when his uncle’s spirited bride-to-be falls into Gabriel’s arms. Now his plans for vengeance include seduction of the innocent miss, in the home that once was his own.
Marisa Dunsmore is blackmailed into wedding the cold and calculating Edmund DeVault, Lord Westbrook, to protect her beloved aunt. When her attempts to escape the upcoming marriage fail, she turns for help to the man she knows as Lord Midnight, entrusting him with her love, and her future.
Soon Gabriel must choose: saving the woman who stole his heart, or destroying the man who stole his life.
REVIEW: What a great story this was! We have a heroine, Marisa Dunsmore, who is betrothed to Lord Westbrook, who is the uncle to our hero, Gabriel DeVault, AKA Lord Midnight, and who is thought to be dead.
Marisa is not so happy with this forced arrangement by her father, but she has no choice if she’s to protect her aunt. As she and her brother are en route to Westbrooke Hall in order for her to spend some time with Lord Westbrooke, they are intercepted and robbed by a highwayman, and the encounter makes a lasting impression on both Marisa and Gabriel.
The romance between Gabriel and Marisa was sweet yet passionate, and the developing friendship, which, in turn, leads both to fall in love with one another, was very believable and a smart move on behalf of the author.
I’m giving this story a Top Pick rose because it’s well written with three-dimensional characters (and some secondary ones that are memorable as well), fast paced with witty dialogue, and in one word: DELICIOUS.
Melanie for RRAH