Secret Nights (Topaz historical romances)

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9780451404817: Secret Nights (Topaz historical romances)

Elise Rand, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, risks her reputation, her sanity, and her heart when she offers to become the mistress of Patrick Hamilton, Regency London's most brilliant trial lawyer, if he will defend her father from a scandalous murder charge. Original.

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Mills does the historical romance genre proud with her latest offering. Tautly written and packed with suspense, the plot moves along at a brisk pace while engaging the reader in the moving love story of a refreshingly different hero and heroine. Elise Rand's father Bartholomew is set on throwing his daughter at successful trial lawyer Patrick Hamilton. Strong-willed Elise, however, refuses to be thrown in any direction save her own, and it is not until Bartholomew is accused of murder that Elise offers herself to Patrick--the only man who can save her father's life. The gradual evolution of the love shared by Elise and Patrick is wholly believable and at times poignant. As the story alternates between the lives of the privileged and the misery of the lower classes, the reader encounters secondary characters who prove that bad guys don't always wear black. Though the premise on the back cover blurb may seem hackneyed at first glance, Mills ( Texas Lily ) writes a story that is anything but generic. With a talent for evoking period atmosphere and her knowledge of the Regency underworld, Mills nips at the heels of Anne Perry's Victorian novels of crime and suspense. Author tour.
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From Library Journal:

When beautiful, outspoken Elise Rand offers herself to ambitious criminal barrister Patrick Hamilton in return for his defense of her wealthy father in a murder trial, she knows it will destroy her reputation-but it doesn't occur to her that she might lose her heart as well. Mills (Duel of Hearts, Dutton, 1993) has written an insightful and unusual historical that focuses not only on the glittering decadence of Regency upper-class society but also on its sinister criminal elements. Nicely drawn characters, a complex plot, and well-handled language contribute to this satisfying romance. [Mills lives in Plattsburg, Missouri.] Alternative reality (futuristic/fantasy/paranormal/time travel) romance actually contains a number of separate mini-subgenres, each of which could be discussed separately but are linked by the common thread of fantasy. Time travelers, vampires, angels, psychics, aliens, ghosts, space adventurers, werewolves, witches, and other similar characters are all at home in this rapidly growing group. Constance O'Day-Flannery, Cheri Scotch, Annette Stockenberg, Lori Herter, and Becky Lee Weyrich have all contributed to this subgenre.
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