TWILIGHT WITH THE INFAMOUS EARL
For this last installment in the Lords of Vice series, Hawkins slowly builds background, reintroducing readers to her large cast of characters. This rehashing slows the pace, and it isn’t until the hero and heroine meet that the plot picks up. Readers who are usually happily surprised by Hawkins’ inventive plots may feel let down with the traditional ruined-sister theme and falling for the bad guy. Still, fans of the series will relish this last book, bringing all the characters back together for one last stand.
Frost, Lord Chillingsworth, is the last unwed Lord of Vice. It’s a bit out of character for him to rescue two young women from a brute, but he does it and makes the acquaintance of Emily Cavell. For five years, Emily has mourned her sister’s tragic death and blamed Frost for ruining her. Emily never expected to see her villain as a hero or to find him so handsome, kind, intelligent and flirtatious. Their relationship slowly moves from friendship to passion as Emily sees Frost as a man deserving of her love. But if he’s not the cad who destroyed her sister’s happiness, who is? Together they uncover the truth and a love that neither thought existed. (ST. MARTIN’S, Dec., 304 pp., $7.99)