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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain

Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (365 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Cholla

Amid the turbulence of the eighteenth century, a beautiful and aristocratic young Scottish woman tries to quell her passion for the duke of Camareigh.

What’s a girl to do when there’s no one to support her and her family? Why, become a highwayman, of course! Or, at least, that’s what Sabrina Verrick sees as the best option. Her only option really, since a girl in 18th century England just didn’t go out and get a respectable job. You’ve got to do what you got to do, right?

Lady Sabrina Verrick has had a rough life. Abandoned by her father, left to be raised by her grandfather and Aunt, she was forced out of Scotland at a young age. Once in England, she was left to fend for herself and her family since she knew relying on her father, the Marquis, wasn’t realistic. The way she chooses to handle her situation, however, is what makes her such a fascinating character. She is the epitome of a strong, independent woman who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it, despite the constraints of the time period in which she lives. Her only real fault was a bit too much pride. She had a bad habit of being too stubborn and letting her pride keep her from seeing the truth of the matter. On the other hand, however, her pride at times was the only thing that kept her going, making it a necessary flaw.

Lucien, Duke of Camareigh, at first glance, didn’t seem to be the proper fit for such a feisty woman. However, as the story progressed, it became clearer how much she really needed to be tamed and that the Duke was the only person who could do it. Although Lucien could be just as stubborn and opinionated as Sabrina, he had the upper hand in that he had a lot more life experience than she. He’s an odd mix of caring and heartless, if two such traits can exist in one man. He knew how and when to be a duke and just when he needed to slow down and simply be Lucien. He winds up being a much more complex character than you first expect.

Moonstruck Madness is an exciting journey that never slows once it starts. With the addition of a couple of smaller side stories that only enhance and aid the main story, you are treated to an enjoyable and unique historical romp. It’s always a joy to discover authors that have been around for awhile and yet are still new to me. After reading Moonstruck Madness, I have to say I’m adding Laurie McBain to that list! I have no doubt that you will do the same.