THE DEVILISH MONTAGUE
Rice takes her cast of characters — including the naughty French-speaking parrot, Percy — on a passionate, sensual, rib-tickling romance. A master of the nuances of humor, she brings joy, lots of love and plenty of laughter to this fast-paced, unforgettable second Rebellious Sons story.
Recuperating from the wound he received while fighting in Portugal, Blake Montague is denied a position as a cryptologist for the War Office. As the youngest son of a baron he does not have the funds to purchase his officer’s colors and it is suggested that he marry for money. The idea has no great appeal until he meets Miss Jocelyn Byrd-Carrington and the foul-mouthed parrot named Percy that she’s just stolen. She claims that Percy belongs to her brother Richard and not to the Duke of Fortham. Blake is used to living an orderly life, but his impulsive new wife, her family and assortment of animals changes all that. Surprisingly he doesn’t seem to mind the distraction. But when one too many accidents befall him he finally accepts the fact that someone wants him dead. With the help of Richard and the occasional chattering of Percy and his mate to one another in French, Blake follows a pattern and breaks the French code. He discovers that the future of England is at stake. He’ll do everything in his power to make the culprits pay for their crimes against the crown and protect all that is dear to him, including Jocelyn and his newfound family. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)