HIS MASK OF RETRIBUTION
McPhee’s new series, Gentlemen of Disrepute, appears to follow similar themes to that in Harlequin’s Silk and Scandal continuum. McPhee creates a captive/captor romance, following the conventions of the genre, but adds good pacing and engaging characters to the typical plotline — making for a pleasant, quick read.
In 1795 a document was taken and Rafe Knight’s parents killed. For 15 years, he has hunted the thieves and murderers. Now he will have his final vengeance. The gossips consider Marianne Winslow a jilt — engaged three times and still unwed — but, as the daughter of the Earl of Misbourne, she believes she is free to do as she pleases. Rafe resorts to abducting her to get the document that is proof of Misbourne’s misdeeds, but the willful, courageous captive Marianne is full of passion and a desire for adventure. Falling in love with her captor, and aiding him in his quest, is the key to uncovering the truth. (HARLEQUIN, Sep., 280 pp., $6.25)