WICKED RAKE, DEFIANT MISTRESS
Without missing a beat, Lethbridge
(aka Michele Ann Young) manages
to throw in every element of a classic historical, from kidnapping, highway robbery, a bargain with the devil,
espionage, secret identities and
ruthless villains. The story delivers
a light, quick, enjoyable, though stereotypical, read.
Garrick has come to check on his estate, held under his uncle's guardianship. He does not like what he finds. Something is wrong and it concerns Ellie's family. She'll do anything, even become Garrick's mistress, so that her brother does not learn how she lost their home. However, an abduction, a mysterious letter, rumors of spying and growing passion throw Ellie's plans into disarray. Four years later they meet again, this time passions soar, danger rises and truths are finally revealed. (HARLEQUIN, May, 300 pp., $5.99)