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THE DARKEST SIN
Genre: Historical Romance, England, Victorian Period
With its chilling “Jack the Ripper” atmosphere and strong characters Richards’ novel hooks readers and doesn’t let go. The carefully constructed mystery is balanced by a passionate romance that heats up the pages even as the plot twists and turns, leading readers on a chase to the bitter end.
Rowena Woolcott is haunted by dark dreams of her near drowning and imprisonment. The only light in the dark is a sweet memory of the man who saved her. She has no memory of him except his heated touch. Intent upon finding the man who tried to kill her and may attempt to kill again, Rowena seeks out Lord James Rushford, who’s known for helping to solve a murder case.
James agrees to help Rowena if she will pose as his mistress. He needs her help with his investigation, but she may prove too much of a temptation. Together they plunge into their roles as man and mistress, a play-act that leads to London’s elite clubs and back alleys. As they draw closer to uncovering the truth the threat to Rowena grows strong, but so does the blazing passion between them. However, the truth may not set them free. (BRAVA, Jun., 280 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: June 2011