by Gaelen Foley

June 2005
ISBN: 0-345-48009-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Ivy Books
Mass Market Paperback

Fans of Gaelen Foley’s Knight Miscellany series don’t have to wait any longer to read about the adventures of the youngest brother. Alec Knight takes center stage in One Night of Sin.

One stormy night the dashing Lord Alec Knight and his three fellow rakehells are returning to Lord Draxinger’s house for a night of cards and women when they discover a woman sleeping near the doorway. The four men mistake her to be a whore come to surprise them when the mysterious woman awakes, frightened to be surrounded by the men.

Miss Becky Ward is no whore. She’s in London on a mission to save her home and her village from her evil cousin, Prince Mikhail Kurkov. After witnessing Mikhail murder a man, Becky flees Buckley-on-the-Heath and goes to London in search of the Duke of Westland, a man powerful enough to listen to truth and reason and perhaps help her spoil Mikhail’s evil plot. Instead, Becky meets Lord Alec Knight, a disillusioned, unlucky, and heart-hardened man who is definitely not able to help her. He can however, make love to her; make her forget the pain and horror she has experienced since Mikhail’s arrival.

Becky reluctantly allows Alec to take her back to his apartments. She needs a place to hide from the Cossacks chasing her and his home will do as well as the next place. She knows she shouldn’t, but she makes love with him and experiences more feelings than she ever knew existed. Alec is equally stunned by their lovemaking. The infamous rake has never met a woman like Becky, and now that he has her, he doesn’t want to let her go. She has other plans though and escapes the next morning. Alec gives chase. He knows that she is no harlot and now he wants the truth. What he gets instead is a mission and a woman to save his soul from perdition.

One Night of Sin is the sixth book in Gaelen Foley’s series and like its predecessors, it is filled with dashing men and bold and charming women. Alec had quite a lot to live down from the previous books, but with the panache and style that is suited to him, he definitely proved that he is a changed man. Becky’s mission gives him a goal to strive to and that strengthens his character greatly, making him a force to be reckoned with rather than a gambling rogue that he has often been portrayed as in the previous stories.

Becky is an able heroine, who doesn’t want to involve Alec in her problems. However, she soon realizes that two heads are better than one, that two hearts are much stronger than one. Her compassionate nature, her wry sense of humor, and her innocence proved to be the balm that Alec needed to make him open up and to see that there was a better life waiting for him.

Filled with glamorous locations, charismatic secondary characters (Alec’s close boyhood pals are apt spots of humor in tense situations), dastardly villains, and a strong and enduring love, One Night of Sin is another winner in Ms. Foley’s writing career. The small hints of Jack, the last of the Knight brood yet to be written about, also affords tantalizing glimpses into future plots.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Sarah.

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