lauantai 17. syyskuuta 2016

Anna Campbell: A rake's midnight kiss ja What a duke dares

Anna Campbellin historiallisissa romaaneissa riittää vehkeilyä kerrakseen, ja vaikka alussa tuntuu että romaanien rakastavaiset saavuttavat onnensa tuota pikaa, kestää useampi sata sivua ennen kuin pahantahtoiset juonet on ratkottu ja väärinkäsityksistä toivuttu. Campbell kirjoittaa sujuvasti rutiinilla ilman että tarinoista jäisi juuri mitään muistikuvaa.

A rake's midnight kiss (Forever, 2013; ISBN 978-1-4555-1210-2)

Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett's secret identity as the author of her father's articles is her greatest deception-until her father's handsome new student arrives on their doorstep. Genevieve recognizes him as the masked intruder who earlier tried to steal a priceless gem from their home. Keeping the seductive stranger's identity hidden is a risk, but she's got secrets of her own to keep. Sir Richard Harmsworth fakes a rakish facade to show society that he doesn't care about his bastard status. Yet haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will prove he's the rightful heir. Intent on seducing the stone away from its owner, Richard finds himself face-to-face with a beauty more breathtaking than any jewel. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure.

What a duke dares (Forever, 2014; ISBN 978-1-4555-5790-5)

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name. Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over. The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins.

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