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Dangerous Joy

Felicity Monahan has pressing reasons to want to marry Rupert Dunsmore, even if he is a slithery fortune-hunting Englishman. It's the only way to protect four-year-old Kieran from his father's cruelty.

Miles Cavanagh understands the way she feels, but he has no intention of letting her give in to such blackmail. As her guardian, he has some powers on his side. Felicity is not one to let a mere man stand in her way, guardian or no. Miles can be ruthless in a noble cause. Soon they are on a collision course that leaves little hope for their growing love.

She laughed, though it cut the air like a sword. "Faith, Miles Cavanagh, but you're as blind stubborn as I am!"

"Well-matched, are we?"

"Oh, very. Have you ever seen two equal fighting cocks duel to the death?"

Dangerous joy, indeed!

When I introduced Felicity into the previous Rogues book Forbidden (Zebra, March '94), I had no idea what kind of person she was. Like many of the characters in the book, I thought she was spoiled and ill-mannered. When I dug deeper, however, I discovered a far more interesting person. A strong woman with-as Miles puts it-"the cock-eyed honor of a patriot boy" and no intention of being dominated by men.

Miles said, "Felicity acts the part of oppressed hoyden so well that no one will think she's here of her own will."

"There's no acting it, Miles Cavanagh!"

"Not to the hoyden part."

"I'll have you know that I am only a hoyden in so far as I object to men ruling my every thought and action!"

"Sure, and isn't that the definition of a hoyden?"

"Then I am proud to be one!"

Beth and Blanche applauded and the men exchanged long-suffering looks.

Yes, Beth and Blanche are back, encouraging female independence at every turn. That didn't surprise me, but many other things did.

Back in 1977, when I started to write about the Company of Rogues, I threw in an Irish rogue just to round out the group. When it came time for Miles' story, I found Ireland to be not just a random setting, but a powerful presence in the book.

I have an almost pure Irish heritage at the grandparent level. Still, I was startled by the way Irish myths and legends crept in to shape the story. And those Irish emotions! On the surface, Miles and Felicity can act like Regency gentleman and lady, but underneath they are both pure Irish-poetic, dramatic and susceptible to Irish magic.

I hope you enjoy this fifth Rogues book. Don't worry if you haven't read the others. It stands alone, as they all do.

Forbidden is being reissued with Dangerous Joy. May '96 will mark the release of my novella in Zebra's A Spring Bouquet, and my next Medieval, The Shattered Rose. Write c/o Alice Orr Agency, 305 Madison Ave., #1166, New York, NY 10165. SASE appreciated.

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