Thursday, December 1, 2011

In the Brief Eternal Silence

Rebecca Melvin
Historical Romance

"And that is how, Miss Murdock thought, one came to have a reputation for being a rake."

The Duke of St James is aware of his less than pristine reputation, not that he cares about it.  The only thing he cares about is vengeance - and protecting those he loves.  So when he decides that marrying is the only way to flush the threat out, he determines to do so with as little fuss as possible.  But Lizzie Murdock does not plan to go along with his plans without a fuss.  Despite his title, wealth and her father's dubious blessing, Lizzie has no intention of marrying St James, even as she finds herself accompanying him to London and ensconced in his grandmother's home.  But things are about to heat up in a way that neither of them had expected.  Now St James must discover just to what lengths he must go in order to achieve his purposes.  And what it may cost.

My Opinion: This was a great book with depth of both emotion and plot.  Lizzie is a great character, neither flamboyant nor ditsy.  She is level-headed and feels deeply.  St James is a deep character who experiences situations and confronts decisions that make him more of a tarnished hero, but one that you will love nonetheless.  The story is well told in both it's description and speed.  So much happens that you are left begging for more to figure out the next step in the story and what will happen next, rather than overwhelmed with the many characters and events.  The romance is fun and sweet, intense without crossing a line.  The overall mystery and suspense is great and keeps the reader guessing as much as the characters.  I was pulled emotionally into this story to the point that my heart would race.  I would highly recommend this book and I hope this is not the only book by this author.

*Please note that there are at least 3 different covers that I know of for this book.

I was given a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

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