Interestingly enough, this delightful short tale by Linore Rose Burkard, takes place in a coach in which Allesandra FitzJames, the ward of King Charles II, finds herself trapped en route to visit with her friend, the Duchess of Langley. When her coach is stopped and the duchess steps out, she trades places with someone, and Allesandra finds herself trapped inside with none other than the debauched and infamous Lord Dorchester. Lord Dorchester is a notorious libertine, well known for his scandalous liasons with questionable ladies, and Allesandra is terrified to be alone with him, in spite of his most handsome countenance.
What is her friend the Duchess thinking, especially when Allesandra's coach was stopped by highwaymen just weeks before?...and one of the masked men had the audacity to steal a kiss from her; a kiss that Allesandra will not soon forget! Who was this masked man and why is Lord Dorchester offering his protection to Allesandra? Is he to be trusted, and are his words of the king's betrayal towards her true?
(CFP Note: Linore has three full length novels published with Harvest House, all Regencies.)
There was only one thing wrong with this book...it was just too short! I loved it for it reminded me of the masked man, Zorro, in my childhood days, who stole a kiss from many a lady. Ms. Burkard's writing style is impeccable, and although the setting of this book was in a coach, there was never a dull moment. I really enjoyed getting acquainted with this "new to me" author; she truly knows how to tell a story, and I am looking forward to reading her full length novels.
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