By Diane Whiteside, Maggie Robinson and Mia Marlowe
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Release Date: July 26, 2011
The final sentence of Mia Marlowe’s novella, “A Knack for Trouble” says it best.
“Besides, who’d ever want a proper fellow when she can have an improper gentleman?”
The improper gentlemen who are the heroes created by these three talented authors suit me just fine!
by Diane Whiteside
While she once lived the life of a privileged daughter of a prominent Boston banker, Charlotte “Ace” Morland now walks a fine line of respectability while playing in poker tournaments across the western frontier. But the mayor of Wolf Laurel, Colorado has something much more dangerous in mind for Ace than playing in his tournament: to kidnap her and turn her over to a powerful politician known for his brutal treatment of women in exchange for a political favor. When she escapes, the first person she encounters, and the last man she expects to help her, is Justin Talbot; gunslinger, owner of the Hair Trigger Palace and best friend and partner of the mayor. Justin offers her refuge in his establishment and teaches her pleasure in his arms but will there be a future for the lady turned gambler and her very improper gentleman?
“To Match a Thief”
by Maggie Robinson
Lucy had loved Simon Grant with all of her young heart but the thief had left her behind seven years earlier and never returned for her as he had promised. So six years ago, Lucy also left Scotland – to move to Jane Street in London, also known as Courtesan Court, where she has lived as “mistress” to Percy, Lord Ferguson – a man with exquisite manners, impeccable taste in clothing, especially women’s clothing, and a deep fondness for his butler. When Percy suffers a reversal of fortune and sells his Jane Street home to Sir Simon Keith, an English war hero, Lucy is stunned to discover he and her long-missing Simon are one and the same. Lucy wants nothing to do with Simon but Simon is determined to finally make Lucy his, no matter what she has (or hasn’t) done over the past six years, even if the now proper gentleman has to get a little improper to accomplish it!
“A Knack for Trouble”
by Mia Marlowe
In steamy Bermuda, convicted murderer Aidan Danaher seduced the lovely Rosalinde Burke, the Commissioner’s daughter, and lost his heart while knowing there could be no future for them. Three years later, Rosalinde, on the verge of becoming engaged to a proper gentleman of the ton, is shocked to come face to face with the new Lord Stonemere in a London ballroom, the same man she knows as the charming Irish convict, Aidan Danaher! Aidan is on a quest to clear his name and discover who was really responsible for the murder for which he was sentenced but no less important is his quest to win Rosalinde’s heart. Will she follow her family’s wishes and make the respectable choice or will she follow her heart and choose her delightfully improper Irishman?
I enjoyed all three of these novellas but especially Robinson’s and Marlowe’s. While both are short in length (around 110 pages), the character and story development are exceptionally well done and I was left with a “full book” feeling by the time I reached the end of each novella. Robinson’s “To Match a Thief” sparkles with wit, humor and characters who all take turns stealing the show. It’s an absolute delight! In “A Knack for Trouble”, Marlowe deftly combines suspense, sensuality, humor and emotion into a heartwarming tale of love and redemption. I confess; I was so taken with her hero, Aidan, that I read the story twice!
I'm a big fan of anthologies, with their delicious bites of romance that I can enjoy as a "reading snack", especially during those busy days when I just don't have time to settle in for a full-course, single-title meal. How about you? Do you enjoy anthologies? Read any lately that you'd recommend?