From the New York Times bestselling author of Hazard—a sizzling and sensual novel of fortune and fate…
A Lady with a Quest…
Cressida Mandeville agrees to Lord Crofton’s vile proposal, but secretly she has other plans. She will trick the loathsome man, find her father’s hidden wealth, and save her family from ruin. All goes well, until a daring highwayman stops their carriage, whirls Cressida up onto his dark horse, and demands a kiss….
A Duke with a Conscience…
Tristan Tregallows, Duke of St. Raven, doesn’t plan to rescue a damsel in distress, but he can hardly leave an innocent in Crofton’s power. One kiss confirms his prisoner’s innocence, but instead of grateful, she is furious. When he discovers that Cressida is on a quest, one that will take her into the darkest parts of Regency society, St. Raven knows he must become her partner and protector. But he doesn’t expect the dangers to his heart….
Beverley returns with another Regency-era romance loosely tied to her Company of Rogues series (Hazard, etc.). Tristan, the reluctant Duke of St. Raven, is posing as a highwayman when he stumbles upon Miss Cressida Mandeville. Tristan takes it upon himself to spirit Cressida away from her odious traveling companion, the debauched Lord Crofton, but much to Tristan's confusion, Cressida doesn't seem at all grateful for her rescue. As it turns out, she's accompanying Crofton for her own reasons, and St. Raven's interference has jeopardized her plans. Despite her anger, Cressida is strongly attracted to her would-be hero, and her feelings only deepen when he agrees to help her complete her quest. Although St. Raven returns Cressida's affections, they're divided by the dictates of London society how could a duke ever marry a plain miss from Matlock? Beverley takes her readers through unsavory house parties and London ballrooms, but the journey meanders and lacks energy. In addition, St. Raven and Cressida never really resolve the class issue that holds them apart for much of the novel. While Beverley's diehard fans may enjoy this lackluster romance, anyone not completely in love with her Rogues would be wise to give St. Raven a pass.
Charming characters ... Well written with humor and sweet moments.