I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell
Series: The Sons of Sin #4
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 28th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Regency, Romance
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Anything can happen in the moonlight . . .
Justice. That's all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways. Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel's temptations herself.
From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there's something amazingly tender in his touch. Could he really be such a depraved rogue? The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.
Also in this series: What a Duke Dares
Also by this author: What a Duke Dares
As Nell Trim comforted her dying sister, she promised to expose the heartless cad who seduced, and abandoned poor Dorothy – James Fairbrother, the Marquess of Leath. According to Dorothy, she was far from the evil Marquess’ only victim, he had so many in fact, that he kept a detailed diary of his debauchery. In order to expose the politically powerful Marquess as a lecherous rogue, Nell schemes her way into his employ at his Yorkshire estate, the better to search for his perverted journal.
Even the deft hand of skilled author Anna Campbell could not make a hero out the man Nell is searching for, so it was unlikely that James Fairbrother was the villain. Rather than wasting too much time on the identity of the wicked seducer, Ms. Campbell instead focuses the thrust of the story on the ill-fated attraction between James and Nell – he’s striving to overcome family scandal and return to his political life while Nell lied her way into her home as a maid (quickly promoted to his ill mother’s companion).
Nell tries to reconcile the tale Dorothy told her with the reality of the honorable man she encounters, and quickly admires. James, meanwhile, knows Nell is not being honest yet can’t help his growing attraction and respect. The relationship between these two developed slowly, over a couple of months (a lifetime in RomanceLand), which caused the first half of the novel to drag a bit for me. Once James and Nell were both honest with themselves about their true feelings, the book picked up pace and raced to a satisfying and heartfelt conclusion. Moments of touching anguish that gave added depth to this lovely character-driven romance.
A Scoundrel by Moonlight, at times quiet and tender, includes just enough steam and thrills to drive the plot forward and leave readers rooting for Nell and James. Another win for author Anna Campbell! Read my review of Sons of Sin #3, What a Duke Dares here – James appears and you get detailed background on his current family troubles!
Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her historical romances, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice, the Booksellers’ Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold (twice), and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s most popular historical romance (five times). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award and three times for Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year. When she’s not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she’s losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.