Liz Carlyle ~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Lisette Colburne has borne burdens that no one should bear. She once blamed her terrible losses on one man and did everything she could to gain revenge against him. Then she learns everything she believed was wrong, and the horror of what she almost did--and what she has done--is nearly unbearable.
Royden Napier is no ordinary officer of the law. He is part of a noble family and has been called upon to accept a new title and a new life to go along with it. Circumstances require that he have a fiancée with him when he meets his family again, and he calls on Lisette to play the part. He has dealt with her before, and while they do not trust each other, their attraction burns as brightly as her flaming hair.
Liz Carlyle's latest is a strong stand‑alone read, but it is inextricably linked to The Bride Wore Pearls and is best enjoyed with that book. The mystery has several sinister twists and turns, and while some readers will come to the correct conclusions, some will not, and all will find it absorbing reading. The tale has a distinctly Gothic feel, and while it moves slowly at times, it is never boring.
Heather Nordahl Files
Lady Anisha Stafford is used to not quite fitting in. She is half-Indian in Victorian England, where her darker skin sets her apart. She dare not wear the stud she once wore in her nose for fear of affecting her sons' status in society. She also reads palms and is well versed in astrology. She may not be gifted like her brother, who uses his abilities for the St. James Society, but she still frequently feels neither fish nor fowl.
Rance Welham, Lord Lazonby, is also a misfit in Society but for a much darker reason. In his misspent youth, he used his ability to read people's emotions to win at the gaming tables, and he found himself accused of murder. While he was spared by the hangman, the real murderer has never been found. Until he can find a way to redeem his name, his life cannot go forward. Mired in absinthe abuse and obsessed with the reporter dogging his trail, he, nevertheless, cannot resist the stunning charms of Anisha, who has decided to act on her longstanding attraction.
Heather Nordahl Files