The Earl of Rockhurst has a scandalous reputation. He frequents unsavory locations, doing things that are not fit to be discussed in polite society. He is rarely seen at social occasions and is coolly received when he does attend. His rank and wealth are the only things that prevent him from becoming an outcast.
Lady Hermoine Marlowe believes none of the gossip. She is convinced that the handsome earl is truly noble, just misunderstood. She wishes that there was a way to prove her theory. If only she could learn his secrets, discover the man beneath the façade.
As we learned in Elizabeth Boyle’s earlier novel, His Mistress By Morning, wishes have a way of coming true in unexpected ways. When Hermoine becomes the next recipient of Milton’s ring, she can make one wish. Will she make the right one?
Loaded with humor and charm, Tempted By the Night is a very entertaining read. Skirting the line between historical and paranormal/fantasy romance, it has plenty of plot to hold readers’ interest.
The only aspect that gave me a few moment’s pause was in the characterization of Hermoine. She was a ninny for at least half of the book, and I wanted to give her a good shake. She was not brainless, just self-absorbed and focusing on superficialities while there was more important events afoot. When the significance of her actions finally dawns, she does step up to the challenge, and redeems herself.
It will be interesting to see if we find Milton’s ring in future books, or any of the other unusual characters revealed in Tempted by the Night. I would be willing to bet that we have not seen the last of the earl’s cousin, Mary.