sunnuntai 15. tammikuuta 2017

Loretta Chase: Last night's scandal ja Don't tempt me

Kummassakin näistä Loretta Chasen viihderomaaneista maalaillaan skandaalinhuuruisia tunnelmia. Toisessa romaaneista saadaan tarinaan eksotiikkaa Egyptin tutkimusretkien ja skotlantilaisen linnan avulla, toisessa viitataan Intiaan ja kahden kulttuurin törmäykseen. Omaperäisyyttä kerronnassa ei juurikaan ole, mutta teksti ei sentään pahemmin takkuile, joten helppolukuisuudesta ei ainakaan ole tingitty.

Last night's scandal (Avon Books, 2010; ISBN 978-0-06-163267-9)

After surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family... and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendent of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him, and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes.

Olivia may be Society's darling, but she's aware a respectable future looms menacingly. And so when Lisle is forced to go on a family mission, she sees this as the perfect chance for one last adventure—even if it is with the one man in the world she can't wrap around her finger: but really, she only wants to help…

Which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by spiteful ghosts and craven murderers...and a shocking secret: the greatest peril of all may be burning within their own stubborn hearts.

Don't tempt me (Avon Books, 2009; ISBN 978-0-06-163266-2)

That’s the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she’s shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She’s a walking scandal, with no hope of a future... unless someone can civilize her.

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He's sarcastic, cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them—with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks and charm, combined with money and rank, make him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe’s risque reputation...if the wayward beauty doesn't lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

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