The Perils of Pleasure

Author: Julie Anne Long

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: January 29, 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5 Ribbons

Format: PRINT





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Madeleine Greenway is a dangerous woman on a dangerous mission. She is being paid handsomely to rescue Colin Eversea, a convicted murderer, from the gallows. Colin is a gentleman of noble birth who was at the wrong place at the wrong time and has been convicted of a crime he did not commit. But when he is rescued by the beautiful mercenary Madeleine, he enlists her aid in finding the one witness to the murder who can attest to his innocence. Madeleine, who is reluctant to have anything to do with Colin, only wants her fee. But after nearly being murdered in a double-cross by her anonymous employer, she agrees to help him prove his innocence. After all, the same person who hired her to save Colin's life tried to end hers!

Unfortunately, the man who can prove Colin's innocence has mysteriously disappeared, leading Madeleine and Colin to the knowledge that someone is deliberately framing him for the murder. As Madeleine and Colin's forced close-quarters and intimacy give way to mutual respect and friendship, the spark of attraction between them flares to brilliant life. Although Madeleine's tragic past and uncertain future act as a barrier to her feelings for Colin, his charm and strength of character begin to break down the wall she has kept between herself and her feelings. Colin had been engaged to his childhood sweetheart until convicted, and proving his innocence is doubly important as he needs to stop the wedding between his fiancée and brother within a few days, or she will be lost to him forever. But the more time he spends with the secretive and alluring Madeleine, the more his blood fires for Madeleine alone.

 

This is a charming, fast-paced and exciting story, brimming with adventure, passion, secrets and intrigue. I really enjoyed all the plot twists and surprises the author peppered into this story, so much so that I could not put the book down until I devoured every last word. I love the character of Madeleine as she was such a different sort of heroine for a romance novel—a mercenary! How exotic! The interplay between Colin and Madeline is also terrific. Their romance is so tender and bittersweet that I was brought to tears by the end! They are one of those couples that really make the reader stand up and cheer for them. This is a must—read for fans of historical romance, and be ready for some major surprises to pop up by the end. Ms. Long's fresh writing style and attention to plot structure really keeps the pages turning in this wonderful historical romance.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Maria Shaink

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