THE LADY RISKS ALL
Laurens takes a break from the Cynsters to reacquaint readers with Neville Roscoe, first seen in The Edge of Desire. The masterful, eloquent storyteller takes time to build the background, and the characters’ motivation, as she weaves an enchanting story of a very proper miss and London’s notorious gambling king. Along with the romance are themes of family, identity, the desire to be loved for who — not what — we are and, most of all, the power of love.
When Miranda Collins’ brother, Roderick, goes missing she turns to the one man she shouldn’t trust: Neville Roscoe, king of London’s gambling dens. But Miranda knows to never judge a book by its cover. Roscoe quickly learns Miranda is determined to be a part of the hunt for her brother, after she follows him to the dangerous side of town. Their quest leads to Roscoe bringing Miranda into the deepest secret of his life: He takes her to his family’s home and reveals he is Lord Julian, a duke. Miranda comes to realize her own strength of character when she allows herself the freedom to love Roscoe and take pleasure in their passion. But a ruthless enemy looms, as well as pride and society’s rules, and Miranda has to decide if she is truly ready to take the risk of loving Roscoe. (AVON, Oct., 496 pp., $7.99)