NEVER TRUST A PIRATE
The second in Stuart’s Scandal at the House of Russell series is the kind of challenging, wonderfully rewarding romance that her fans have come to relish. Her emotionally-stunted pirate and headstrong, abrasive heroine share a blazing chemistry, and Stuart conveys their quirks, idiosyncrasies and souls so effectively that the familiar tropes in her novel feel surprisingly new and daring as each character finds the courage to face themselves and one another.
Madeleine Russell is determined to solve the mystery surrounding her father’s disgrace and death, even if that means taking a position as a maid in the household of one of the prime suspects, the notorious pirate Captain Thomas Morgan. Having risen from the gutter to a life of comfort and wealth, half-Romany Captain Morgan is determined to earn respectability through a society marriage — and by starting his own fleet with the ships that Russell left behind. He has no time for his intriguing new servant, no matter how much her fiery temper stirs his soul. With a murderer on the prowl, can Maddy afford to trust a pirate who claims he has no heart? (MONTLAKE, Dec., 304 pp., $12.95)