HIS AT NIGHT
Thomas doesn’t just enhance the genre, she enriches it with her intelligent characters, brilliant dialogue, innovative plot twists and amazing love stories. Reading her novel is a rare treat — an insight into the hearts and minds of all who dream.
Elissande Edgerton is desperate to escape her life as a virtual prisoner in her uncle’s home, caring for her laudanum-addicted aunt. Her only hope is marriage, but where to find the right gentleman? Her chance comes when a neighboring home is overrun by rats and the house party seeks refuge in her home. Everyone believes Lord Vere is a fool who talks too much and knows too little. His persona as an idiot is the perfect cover for an operative who ferrets out ruthless criminals. Yet he is unprepared when his latest assignment brings him face to face with the woman of his dreams. Elissande boldly goes to Vere’s room. Caught in a compromising situation they are forced to wed in what they think is a marriage of convenience. Elissande realizes Vere is not a fool and as they allow themselves the luxury of love, his investigation and dark secrets from the past collide. (BANTAM, Jun., 400 pp., $7.99)