THE TROUBLE WITH MOONLIGHT
by Donna MacMeans

June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-425-22198-3
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Lusinda Havershaw is in the recovery business. At least, that is the name she has given it. Others may call it stealing. She has to make a living some way, why not use her genetic ability to do so? For example, Lusinda is paid to retrieve jewelry for women whose husbands lost while gambling. Her clients need never know how those items are recovered. No one would believe her anyway. After all, invisibility is impossible, isnít it? Oh, how Lusinda wishes it were.


During a full moon Lusinda becomes invisible. It is a gift among her people, the Nevidimi. So she, a self-proclaimed spinster, runs the London streets completely nude as she ďrecoversĒ items in order to support her family. Because of her unique talent Lusinda leads a private life with no hopes of ever marrying.


On one particular night James Locke, a spy for the British Crown, is busy breaking into a safe when he witnesses a necklace levitating in midair. His mind can barely believe what his eyes are seeing. He follows the floating necklace to a carriage and on to a house where a woman exits the carriage and enters the house. His previous activity momentarily forgotten, Gabriel is determined to find out what really happened.


James makes Lusinda an offer she wants to refuse but he makes it impossible. He will financially support her family if Lusinda will move in with him and allow him to train her to crack safes. Injuries left over from his time in a Russian prison make it very difficult for James to break into the safes. There is a missing list of names of British agents which the Russian government is trying to obtain. James must find it first. He will use Lusinda to do it. He didnít realize he will be enduring a different kind of torture by having her close. His line of work makes having a family a liability. James knows he mustnít start anything that he will not be allowed to finish.


Lusinda tries to hate him, but the longer she stays the more she discovers the many facets of James Locke. She begins to understand him. A patriot worthy of honor yet enslaved by personal demons. As James and Lusinda try to find a way to be together, betrayal makes an appearance once again and nearly destroys any progress they have made.


The Trouble with Moonlight by Donna MacMeans is a different kind of historical romance. The heroine is from a race of people called the Nevidimi. Ms. MacMeans doesnít go into detail about them, but it would seem there are diverse abilities among their people. I hope to see more of the Nevidimi in future MacMeans books. Iím looking forward to what she will bring us next!


Reviewed in May 2008 by Rho.

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