by Kimberly Logan

March 2005
ISBN: 0-06-075187-8
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Mass Market Paperback

Author Kimberly Logan may be a debut author for Avon Books, but this award-winning writer has learned her craft well. With A Kiss in the Dark she introduces readers to an intriguing heroine, and a hero with depth and character. We also get to meet some of the most intriguing young mischief-makers since Oliver Twist.

Tristan Knight, the Earl of Ellington, is at his witsí end. Estranged from his father for many years, he has returned home to find he is now the head of the family, and has a teenage sister to raise. Years of neglect have made Emily headstrong, and she resents her brotherís interference. She runs away, unknowing that the life outside her sheltered existence is fraught with danger. When he is unable to find his sister on his own, Tristan decides that he must accept help from an outsider.

Deirdre Wilks, Viscountess Rotherly, hasnít always lived in the glittering world of the wealthy. A young orphan living on the streets of London, she picked the wrong pocket one day and found herself the ward of a caring nobleman who gave her his home and protection. Her past is never far from her thoughts, however, as she continues to offer aid to the less fortunate, uncaring that her own reputation is scandalous.

When Tristan convinces her to help him find Emily, Deirdre calls on the resources of her former life. Emily, unfortunately, has also become the target of some very dangerous criminals, men who will stop at nothing to capture her. Deedee only hopes that she has found safety on the street.

I like nothing better than strong-willed women who are not afraid to use all the resources at hand to get the outcome that they desire. Deirdre is one such heroine. The shadows that haunt her are compelling and her need to give back to the poor is gratifying. She introduces us to a wonderful collection of everyday people who may be poor in material things but have an abundance of affection for the pickpocket who became a lady. To make the book even more appealing, Ms. Logan has crafted an irresistible hero, right down to his violet eyes. What more could a reader ask for?

Reviewed in February 2005 by Paula.

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