by Jennifer Blake

January 2006
ISBN: 0-7783-2213-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lisette Moisant was hard pressed to shed a tear over the death of her despicable husband. She knew the reason for his meeting at dawn with renowned mâitre d’armes, Caid O’Neill. Lisette also knew the risk of meeting O’Neill left little hope for victory. As a widow, Lisette was an independent woman no longer subject to the Moisant household. Her father-in-law, however, did not like the fact that his font of finances had left his control and he was willing to go to nefarious lengths to bring her back. When Caid rescued Lisette from one such attempt, she decided to seek his expertise.

Caid found Lisette at death’s door and the guilt hit him like nothing else had ever done before. He believed she had tried to kill herself over the demise of her husband. Thereby, her suicide would lie on his conscience for the rest of his life. When she recovered and asked for his aide, he couldn’t very well refuse.

The task entailed protecting Lisette from the evil schemes of her father-in-law, yet it wasn’t long before Caid found himself guarding his own heart as well. If he could just get her married off it would solve both problems. But Lisette held dear her newfound freedom, which only served to make his job more difficult.

More complications arise when the enemy changes tactics by including Caid in his plans. Either the outcome will be Lisette and Caid drawing closer to one another or evil will have its day by bringing them both to ruin.

Dawn Encounter is an intricately detailed novel set in 19th century New Orleans. The author has drawn the reader a vivid portrait of the time period. For this reviewer, the story played out like a movie in my mind. Because I am interested in the history of Louisiana, I truly enjoyed this book by the impressive Jennifer Blake. Be warned that the romance plays secondary to lush Louisiana and her mâitre d’armes.

Reviewed in April 2006 by Rho.

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