My latest read in this tour of hot romance authors from New Jersey is Anabelle Bryant whose latest title, THE MIDNIGHT RAKE kept me up well past the witching hour.
Phineas, a.k.a. Viscount Fenhurst, is so adverse to marriage, he mentally recites an anti-marriage mantra whenever a female threat looms. However, he is caught completely off guard when he collides with an unexpected houseguest, a beauty who smells of vanilla and sparks a feeling he is unable to dismiss–a passion that will soon consume him.
Penelope has come to London in order to seek out the man who left her waiting at the alter while he robbed her house and took everything of value she had left in the world. She came under the protection of Phin’s mother, the Countess of Fenhurst, but it is Phin who agrees to help Penelope find her mystery man. In order to do so, he will need to take her to balls and other social events–places he usually escapes at the first opportunity. As each night passes by, he grows closer to this innocent beauty, and his carefully constructed walls begin to crumble. Penelope does not know the trouble she’ll meet, wandering the dark halls in her gossamer night clothes. Soon this perfect gentle man will become a perfect rake.
This is my first Bryant book but the third in her Three Regency Rogues series. One of the things I loved best about this book is how perfect Phin and Penelope were for each other from their first encounter…and each heated encounter after that. 🙂 They compliment each other so well that when their happily ever after comes, I can imagine their story continuing well beyond the pages. Bryant’s complex sentences and word choice enthralled the English teacher in me, and her London settings spilled like paint over the pages.
I hope you enjoy this gorgeous historical! Here is a link to Anabelle Bryant’s website:
Michelle Joyce Bond