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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Notorious Bridegroom by Kit Donner

The Notorious Bridegroom by Kit Donner
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (375 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

In the bedroom of a spy…
Ever since the horrible day her brother was accused of treason, Patience Mandeley hasn’t recognized her own behavior. Under normal circumstances she would never be disguised as a maid, skulking around a earl’s estate for secrets she isn’t meant to find. But now the situation is desperate, and Patience will do whatever it takes to spare her beloved brother the noose, even if it means finding the true spy herself.

To do that, she’ll have to gain access to the estate of Lord Londringham, the most desired bachelor in all of England—without him knowing who she really is. But even in her maid’s uniform, she can’t miss the looks of unsuppressed desire she receives from her employer, and she finds to her dismay that the attraction is quite mutual. Though she knows she must ignore her feelings for this dark-haired rogue to save her family and escape ruin, his close proximity is making all reason impossible…and Patience may find that the real traitor is her own body.

What a tangled web Patience Mandeley weaves as she sets out to deceive in order to help her little brother Rupert. She is the caregiver of the family and cannot abandon him as he runs from the law.

The multi-faceted Lord Bryce Londringham does whatever necessary to succeed in his efforts to keep England safe from the French, even if it means having the enemy in his own house. Even though he is suspicious of Patience, he keeps her in his employ and soon finds their lives entangled in a murder that involves her brother and others that scheme to help France invade England. Patience’s ineptitude and Londringham’s expertise as a spy create some heart-racing incidents.

Patience, with three winks for luck and her lucky black onyx, rushes in where angels fear to tread at times. She is captured by some disreputable characters in her zeal to help Rupert, but, in her own inept way escapes to have dealing with them another day—life-changing dealings.

The secondary characters create sub-plots that give THE NOTORIOUS BRIDEGROOM numerous webs of deceit that crop up in unexpected places. They also add a touch of humor here and there as the story unfolds. The irrepressible little Sally brings that special quality to the story that only a child has. She helps the reader see new sides of both Patience’s and Londringham’s personalities. The “grownup-too-soon” Lem is a little scoundrel that is invaluable at times. The antagonists whether French, English, noblemen or commoners, test the mettle of Patience and Londringham.

Kit Donner takes the reader on an adventure fraught with spies, killers, and ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things. The humor, description, and intriguing characters are captivating, but, most of all, the love that puts down deep roots , even in troubled times makes THE NOTORIOUS BRIDEGROOM a story to relish. This story of redemption reveals a giving and receiving of love that touches the souls of Patience and Londringham and brings joy and light to their lives.