Nicholas Valiarde is a passionate, embittered nobleman with an enigmatic past. Consumed by thoughts of vengeance, he is consoled only by thoughts of the beautiful, dangerous Madeline. He is also the greatest thief in all of Ile-Rien. Under cover of darkness on the streets of the gaslit city, he assumes the guise of a master criminal, stealing jewels from wealthy nobles to finance his quest for vengeance: the murder of Count Montesq. Montesq orchestrated the wrongful execution of Nicholas's beloved godfather Edouard on false charges of necromancy, the art of divination through communion with spirits of the dead, a practice long outlawed in the kingdom of Ile-Rien.
But now Nicholas's murderous mission is being interrupted by a series of eerie, unexplainable, fatal events. Someone with tremendous magical powers is opposing him, and traces of a necromantic power that hasn't been used for centuries appear. And when a spiritualist unwittingly leads Nicholas to a decrepit old house, the truly monstrous nature of his peril finally emerges. A Nebula Nominee, The Death of the Necromancer was originally published by Avon Eos in July 1998.
The London theater scene serves as the backdrop for Kleypas's (Somewhere I'll Find You) delightful romance set in 1833. Forced into an engagement with the repugnant Lord Clifton, Madeline knows she can gain her freedom only if she deliberately destroys her reputation. What better way than to throw herself at Logan Scott, the latest stage sensation and a notorious lady's man. Alas, Logan spoils her plans: he refuses to corrupt such an obvious innocent, and Maddie is put in the unfamiliar position of having to seduce a man. Her first attempts are laughable, but she does eventually warm to her task. Vibrant characters, stormy conflict and passionate love scenes make this a satisfyingly romantic read.