Miranda Neville 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Jane Grey lurks outside of Fortescue House, home of the Duke of Denford. Her name is really Jeanette de Falleron, and her entire family died in the Terror because they were betrayed by a Fortescue. She is here to take her revenge on the one who betrayed her family, but she does not know the identity of her target. Fortescue House is a good place to start her search, and employment as a governess to the duke's sisters is her foot in the door.
Julian, Duke of Denford, wants nothing to do with his stepsisters whose father treated him dreadfully. But he has no choice, so he hires Jane as their new governess. He has more interest in getting her in his bed than getting to know his sisters. While Jane is no innocent, she resists, trying to focus on her mission. But both of them are keeping explosive secrets--because Julian was the Fallerons’ involuntary betrayer.
Miranda Neville winds up her Wild Quartet with this absorbing tale. The 1802 setting, with its proximity to the French Revolution, is refreshing and quite well utilized. The characters' secrets and machinations are both exciting and convincing. Julian is maddening in the way of the very best heroes, and he shares a delicious chemistry with Jane.
Heather Nordahl Files
When Caro Townsend was seventeen, she ran away to Gretna Green to marry. While she had her happy times with her husband, gambling sickness has completely consumed him by the time he died, leaving her completely destitute. She keeps one painting, a Titian, and hides it in a secret room but makes the mistake of telling one loose‑lipped friend, which brings far too much unpleasant attention to her door.
On top of this, her innocent cousin has come to London to stay with her. Anna is tremendously wealthy, and her parents are going about finding her a husband. Her suitor is Thomas Fitzcharles, the Duke of Castleton. His family has always married money, which is why he sets his sights on Anna. But from the start his good intentions are led astray by wild, scandalous Caro who is about as unsuitable as a woman can be. She’s not looking for marriage because a husband would take away her freedom. Though she doesn’t want to look at the man intended for her cousin, he tempts her mightily.
Miranda Neville really hits the big time with her latest, which launches a new series. Her talent hits brilliant new heights in this insightful tale of a wayward lady and her straitlaced man. Readers will especially enjoy the Georgian flavor of the 1800 setting.
Heather Nordahl Files