by Julia Ross

January 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20013-2
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Trade Paperback

Lord Jonathan Devoran St. George left the comforts of family years ago to travel the world. Far from the mist-shrouded mountains of Asia he finds himself once again on English soil. A valuable artifact has been stolen and spirited to the land of his birth, and “Wild Lord Jack” must retrieve it.

The final act of a desperate thief has placed this relic in the hands of an innocent young woman, and now Jack must offer her his protection. Miss Anne Marsh has accidentally walked into a murder and mystery. Jack’s family must do all it can to protect her while they endeavor to keep their roaming son in England.

Once again, author Julia Ross has brought readers a feast of fine writing. Her descriptive passages and effortless skill with a phrase never fail to delight. While readers learn quite quickly that Jonathan is a man of many layers, the character development of Anne is a slower study. She is no weak-willed damsel in distress, but shows a depth of intelligence and bravery that exceeds our expectations.

There is a marvelous thread of family running through this story. While eminently successful in society, Jonathan’s family is certainly very unhappy, while Anne’s modest home is filled with warmth. Watching the characters interacting from different expectations and perceptions gives the story real depth.

Not to be outdone by the plot, the sheer romanticism of Night of Sin beguiles the senses. Jonathan’s “education” into Eastern passion translates well as he tutors Anne in pleasure. While I do not care for brandy, I can certainly applaud its good use in a particularly heated passage.

Night of Sin offers readers an all-encompassing novel of intrigue, action, romance and relationships.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Paula.

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