MUCH ADO ABOUT ROGUES
Few authors create stories as deeply rooted in the era as Michaels. She excels at everything from laugh-out-loud humor to tense suspense. Her latest is a tightly woven yet tangled web of deceit and betrayal with so many twists and turns that only a master could execute them. Some may find that three threads woven into one, with denouement following denouement, slow the pace as readers near the end.
The war may be over, but Black Jack Blackthorn and his cohorts are still involved in clandestine missions for the Crown. When his mentor, Sinjon, Marquis of Fonteneau, disappears, Jack must hunt him down.
His ally is Fonteneau’s daughter, the woman he once loved and then deserted. The past four years have been difficult for Tess. She lost her twin brother, and now her father has vanished. She’s enough of her father’s daughter to know something is afoot. Jack has his secrets, but Tess has her own. Even as they rekindle their youthful passion as they follow Sinjon’s cryptic messages, the past casts a long shadow. Once one question is answered, those that plague Jack continue to haunt him. It is only Tess’ faith that presents him with the opportunity to take back his life and her love. (HQN, Apr., 336 pp., $7.99)