Maggie Robinson~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Lady Anne's Lover
Brava Trade Paperback
Lady Imaculata Egremont had been the talk of the ton since the day she had her Season. She danced naked in a fountain, sold chestnuts on the corner and eloped to France with a rackety gentleman. But none of that had gotten her out from under her father's thumb, so she answered an ad posted in The London List and, with the help of her friend Anne Ramsey, turned herself into the widowed Mrs. Mont and became a housekeeper in Wales to the elderly Major Ripton‑Jones. There were two problems, though--Lady Imaculata was the daughter of an earl and knew absolutely nothing about housecleaning, cooking, sewing or anything else that had to do with running a household. She couldn’t even light a fire in the stove. And Major Ripton-Jones was definitely not elderly! Lani Roberts
Major Gareth Ripton‑Jones had come home from the war a genuine hero. His one true love had married while he was gone, but as luck would have it, her husband had died and she was free to marry him. Then he discovered that his father had run their estates into the ground with debts, and while Gareth was attempting to fix up some of his tenant's dwellings, he fell off a ladder and ended up losing his arm. To his surprise, his "true love" rejected him because of his disability; then his father died and Gareth turned to cheap gin. When "Mrs. Mont" arrived at her place of employment, she found a filthy, cold, empty, rundown house in an isolated section of the wilds of Wales with an employer far from being elderly as she thought, with part of his arm missing, and dead drunk in his bedroom. What a perfect match!
Maggie Robinson has penned another perfect romantic adventure filled with humorous situations that will keep readers laughing throughout. Though both the lovers have tragedies to overcome, once all the cards are laid out on the table, the two find they are more compatible than they thought. And fortunately, since Major Ripton‑Jones was a soldier, they manage not to starve while working through their problems. A great romantic read with lots of humor to keep you turning the pages all night.
Andrew Rossiter's life had been predestined from the time he was rescued from extreme poverty at the age of seven by his savior, Donal Stewart. From that moment on, Donal taught him everything he needed to know (or not know) on how to give pleasure to both men and women. Andrew had been blessed with the face of an angel that every pedophile in Europe had wanted to love. As he had grown older and his body filled out, he became even more in demand as a lover extraordinaire. He was proficient in every form of love and never really cared whether his client was male or female. One of his jobs had been to impregnate the Duchess di Maniero at her husband's request.
Andrew had already decided to retire from his proliferate lifestyle. After all, he was paid extremely well and had plenty of money, and he had gone to Italy to see his son before disappearing into anonymity in his homeland of Scotland. To his horror, the Duke's cousin had killed everyone in the family but his son Marco, and suddenly Andrew found himself hiding out in a little Italian fishing village with his traumatized young son who did not speak English while Andrew spoke not a word of Italian.
Gemma Peartree was the daughter of a famous courtesan who knew all the tricks her mother had taught her and spoke several languages. But she'd only had one sexual experience in her life, and that had been disastrous. Now she was hiding away from society by accepting the rather mysterious Mr. Ross' ad for an Italian/English‑speaking nanny. But when she had accepted the job, she didn't realize that her trunks would be lost and she would be stuck on a tiny Scottish island in the middle of nowhere with an extremely handsome, but irritatingly grouch of a man with an absolutely darling little boy.
Master of Sin does an outstanding job of drawing the reader into the tawdry world of sex for sale without immersing the reader in the explicit, ugly side of it. Ms. Robinson expertly maneuvers through that world while keeping the bloom of true romance fresh and pure. The two lost souls thrown together on a remote barren island with only the love of a child keeping them together, while still managing to find purity in their lives through their love, will make the reader cheer.
Laurette and Con had been in love all of their lives. They had even "married" among the pagan stones near their small village, and completed it with consummation. Then Con's father passed away, and nineteen‑year old Con became the Marquess of Conover, responsible for the livelihood of the two villages in his purview and the people on his estate. Not having a lot of money and the region having been devastated by two years of drought, Con did the only thing he could--he pledged his troth to Marianna Berryman and her large dowry. Now eighteen years later and a widower, the Marquess of Conover has turned into a ruthless, lonely, love‑starved man who will do anything to regain the love of his life, including buying up her younger brother's gaming markers and threatening to ruin his career as a clergy--unless Laurette returns to his bed.
Young Laurette Isabella Vincent knew exactly what she was doing when she "married" young Connor in the middle of the sacred old stones. She also understood how the aristocracy worked when it came time to actually marry and what Connor's obligations were. What she didn't understand was how he came to be the cold‑hearted, merciless man he had grown into. But her younger brother, and only living relative, needed her help, so Laurette would do what needed to be done, even if she was determined not to enjoy it.
Mistress by Midnight is a well written historical of young love thwarted by duty and responsibility. When the lovers finally reunite as adults, life has changed them both and not necessarily for the good. All is not as it seems, and their journey of self‑discovery is both heartening and extremely sexy.