by Kasey Michaels

September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-77216-2
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Ever since she was a small child, Fanny Becket has adored her “brother” Rian. As the adopted siblings grew up, she decided that this affection was love. Rian loves Fanny, of course, but not necessarily in the way that she would like.

Eager to prove himself, Rian enlists in the military and travels to the Continent, where Napoleon has escaped his prison and is again on the march. Even her loving family cannot console Fanny, who is convinced that she will never see him again. There is only one thing to do – follow him into battle.

The last thing Rian needs is his sister underfoot. For the first time, he is his own man, without the expectations of his father and brothers. He can make his own mark, be his own success. But he cannot do anything if he is constantly worried about his sister!.

After a disasterous first encounter, Valentine Clement, Earl of Brede, offers Fanny a place to stay in Brussels, along with his widowed sister. Brede is a rarity – a nobleman who truly believes in what he is doing, rather than just looking for accolades. He feels a kinship with young Lieutenant Becket and knows how important it is for him to concentrate on the task at hand.

Fanny cannot believe that she is actually attracted to the enigmatic nobleman. What about Rian? How can she be having these feelings toward a stranger? What will happen to all of them when the battle begins in earnest?

Author Kasey Michaels is on the home stretch. The last three Romney Marsh novels are being released in consecutive months. A Reckless Beauty starts the trilogy off with a cannon shot. Drama by the boatload, danger around every corner, and heart-wrenching emotion await readers. While each book can certainly stand alone, reading the entire series in sequence is my recommendation. It will be easy to get caught up in the adventures of the Becket clan, led by the mysterious former pirate Ainsley Becket.

Reviewed in September 2007 by Paula.

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