Feature book: A Scoundrel by Moonlight
Miss Eleanor Trim has lived a quiet life with her mother, stepfather and stepsister. She lost her father during the wars, and her mother remarried. They are from the lower classes, but her stepfather is a scholar and has insisted that the girls are well-read and well-spoken. Her sister Dorothy is seduced and left pregnant, but then she loses the baby and is dying. She finally tells Nell that the father is James Fairbrother, Marquess of Leath, and asks that Nell get revenge on him. Nell promises that she will do everything she can to pull this man down. As a member of the Ton, he should not be allowed to debauch a woman like this and get away with it. So Nell sets out to get a job in the Marquess’s household, find the diary that he keeps, which accounts for all such debauchery, and take it to his adversary, the Duke of Sedgemoor, to get help to pull him down.
James Fairbrother’s parents have had ambitions for him to become Prime Minister from a very early age. Even though his father has passed on, his mother is still pushing her son. The family has never been scared by scandal, and they are very proper members of the Ton. But when James’s uncle causes a major scandal and James’s sister adds to that (as we discovered in the last book in this series), James is sent home to Alloway Chase until things have settled enough for him to return to London and continue with his ambitions. He has always kept to himself and, although he has friends and is well respected, he comes across as a strong but quiet person. This trip home is about to change his life.
When Nell arrives at Alloway Chase, she is hired immediately as a housemaid. She finds it hard to search for the diary, but then very soon, she is promoted to companion to the Marquess’s mother. They get on very well, and this also gives Nell more time to search out the library for this diary. Leath has been away, so searching is easier until, of course, Leath arrives home one night unannounced, and he catches Nell red-handed in the library. There are sparks immediately jumping between them, and Leath is very untrusting of this woman, who is so well spoken for a housemaid. He is also very shocked to find out that she is his mother’s companion.
This is the fourth book in The Sons of Sin series and another one for the keeper shelf. This story is a beautiful journey of twists and turns as Nell and James get closer. The pull between them gets hotter and hotter until neither can deny the sensual desires they both feel as well as the struggles they both have to overcome. This one will have you turning the pages as two very strong people struggle with their beliefs and fall in love so deeply, even with danger and blackmail. I savoured every word in this story. It is just so good. I loved the way they open up to each other and James thinks about what he really wants. Of course, the reader is able to catch up with the characters from the other books and to see such a hero come to his knees with so much love.
This is one not to be missed. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 2 September 2015 will go in the draw to win the book. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lyn.)