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PASSION AND PLEASURE IN LONDON
MELODY THOMAS
ISBN#: 978-0-06-147093-6
August 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
384 Pages
Historical romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Since the death of her father, Winter has been doing what she can to keep her family together and her thieving uncle away from all of them. Some of these things have not been strictly legal, but she is desperate.

Rory has been summoned by a grandfather that he never met. The man who rejected his father when he married beneath him is now dying and Rory is the old marquess’ heir.

Winter has known nothing but struggle since the death of her father. Her uncle has stolen her beloved Everleigh and everything that goes with it, leaving the Ashburn family with a small cottage. The Ashburns are not the only ones to suffer from Baron Rich’s greed and the inhabitants of the village are forced to go to extremes to survive. Rory Jameson almost becomes one of their victims and the government agent is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, especially since the baron has cheated his own grandfather as well.

This is a well-written historical romance with a mysterious and charismatic hero and a young and very courageous heroine. I loved Winter from the first; Rory is a little pushy at first, but his later actions more than excuse him. Winter and the villagers have their own version of the Robin Hood tale here. The author has given us one of the most evil villains ever in Baron Rich, there is absolutely nothing good about him at all, a thief, murderer, and rapist. The evil politician is not the only bad guy, and the suspenseful situations kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end of the story where an unexpected twist really surprised me. This one is definitely going on my keeper shelf.

Maura
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