by Leslie LaFoy

November 2006
ISBN: 0-312-34771-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Tristan Townsend created his own success far away from the stifling English social scene. As the third son in his family, he was not bound by thoughts of inheriting the title, and was free to leave. As a successful shipper and importer, Tristanís three ships traverse the Pacific bringing goods back to San Francisco where he is based. Since he enjoys the freedom of the open seas, Tristan is usually on board one of his ships, leaving the daily operation to his loyal clerk, Ward Gregory.

When somber news awaits Tristan after his latest voyage, he is really not surprised. That his father and oldest brother managed to kill each other is just another page in the Lunatic Lockwood saga. Tristan is not prepared for the news that his other brother, James, is also dead. The family fortune erased, his stepmother and sister require him to return to England and become the Marquis of Lockwood.

Simone Turnbridge has known both poverty and wealth. As the by-blow daughter of the Duke of Ryland, she spent two-thirds of her life among the brothels and stews of Whitechapel. When the current Duke rescued her, she found not only a home, but two sisters. For the next seven years, Simone endured lessons in how to be a lady, but some of the rules just donít seem to be sticking very well. She negotiated the terms of her one Season with her guardian, and is now regretting every moment of it. The ton is a deadly bore, and they all appear to be waiting for her to do something outrageous. The only bright spot is Emmaline Townsend, a meek young miss who needs Simoneís help in navigating the treacherous social scene.

The Rogueís Bride is a fast-paced journey of passion and danger. Tristan and Simone are drawn to each otherís independent streak and societyís rules only feed the fire. Author Leslie LaFoy has written sharp, witty dialogue, and crafted characters that are endearing. Simone has grown into an independent young woman of merit, and Tristan is the ideal hero. I cannot wait to find out what she has in store for Fiona in the final book of the trilogy.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Paula.

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