Few women can resist a man like Gabriel ""Reign"" Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt. With divine good looks, delectable charms, and delicious wealth, he would seem to be every marriage-minded mother's dream match for their daughters. But not so, given the mysterious death of his first wife. Fortunately for Gabriel, he has no plans to seriously court any of the London ladies ever again. That is, until he shares one unforgettable dance with a mysterious stranger... Exquisitely beautiful though decidedly modest, Lady Sophia usually shuns the festive ballrooms of London society. But when a man who calls himself ""Reign"" enters her life-seemingly from out of nowhere-and shows her true kindness, her wary young heart begins to melt. Of course, Sophia would be shocked to learn the truth about Reign's past. But when scandal strikes, this devilish stranger may be her only salvation...
Hawkins follows All Night with a Rogue with a tiresome tale of a dissolute lord in pursuit of an innocent young lady. When Sophia Northam was six years old, the Earl of Rainecourt murdered her parents and struck Sophia over the head, leaving her half-blind. Now Sophia is a lovely, strong-willed young woman, while the Earl's son, called Reign by his fellow "Lords of Vice," is a grown man struggling to recover from a bitter first marriage that ended in his pregnant wife's mysterious death. When Reign and Sophia meet at a ball, they end up pursuing a scandalous acquaintance. Hawkins's style is crude rather than sensual or romantic, and her story falls short in both characterization and plot development. Even die-hard fans of historicals should look elsewhere for their fix. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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