A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell

Posted April 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

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A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna CampbellA Scoundrel By Moonlight by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin #2
Published by Forever on April 28, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

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.

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Nell Trim’s half-sister, on her deathbed, disclosed the name of the man who’d impregnated and abandoned her. She asked Nell to avenge her by seeking out the Marquess of Leath, James Fairbrother, and making him atone for her ruin. But when Nell gets herself in the employ of James’ mother to find the evidence her sister spoke of, what she finds is a man in direct conflict with her characterization. James and Nell ultimately find themselves hopelessly drawn to each other despite their differences in station.

 

Finally a story where the realities of class differences are honestly dealt with in the romance. The decisions that both Nell and James make to be with each other are difficult but reflect the depths of their feelings within the confines of societal norms. I loved how their relationship evolved, completely in tandem with who they are, both mistrustful of the other but well aware of the inappropriateness of their attraction.

 

I liked both of them for completely different reasons and found them admirable for the courageous decisions they made to be together. James’ transformation was the most profound and perfectly captured as he journeyed from the singularly driven political animal to a man who comes to value love and family.

 

I wasn’t excited about reading James’ story as he didn’t seem to be all that interesting at first blush but who knew the man had so many layers and would be more than the brute he appeared to be. And, it’s a seductive romance, slowly drawing you in and endearing both characters before you realize it…a perfect addition to the series.

About Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. She writes Regency historical romance for Grand Central Publishing and Avon.

Campbell received an English literature degree at Queensland University. She spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. She returned to Australia working at a number of jobs until she moved to Sydney where she worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During this time Campbell continued writing. After joining Romance Writers of Australia, she gained more focus. Then one day, she got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London’s most notorious courtesan. And ‘No Ordinary Duchess’, which Avon released in April 2007 as Claiming The Courtesan, was born. It went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, it was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio’s Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Campbell was also voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007. Her second book for Avon, Untouched, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and was a finalist in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

The Sons of Sin series was launched in 2012 with the release of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed.

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