Captives of the Night

Captives of the Night

eBook - 2012
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Leila Beaumont is a gorgeous and talented portrait painter trapped in a loveless marriage with her profligate husband, Francis. Though long ago, Francis very much played the hero, rescuing and wedding the orphaned 17-year-old Leila - Francis' more recent hedonistic lifestyle of drinking, drugging and womanizing has not only earned him quite a few enemies in London, but lost him the love of his wife. When Francis turns up dead in the Beaumont townhouse, right after a loud and vitriolic argument with his wife, Leila is seen as the primary suspect, innocent though she is. Because of Francis' many enemies and victims, government officials instigate a quiet investigation, many of whom fear fallout from Francis' numerous blackmail and extortion schemes.The man they call on - the sexy blue-eyed Comte d'Esmond - is a man of many talents who has spent the past ten years as one of the government's most trusted covert operatives; a man who also has a dark and treacherous past. Neither Leila, nor Esmond is especially happy to be working together - their relationship is one of intense attraction accompanied by intense resistance. Leila had long ago given up on the idea of love and saw her husband as a means of propriety in London, but now she finds the dangerous Esmond's seductive charm nearly irresistible. But work together they must: Esmond, with a carefully hidden identity that would shock Leila to the core and Leila with her own secrets to keep... It's danger that unites them and it's danger that chains their hearts: Esmond's virility and bold touch enflame Leila's blood...and draw her into the most irresistible intrigue of all...truly passionate love.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781617508509
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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marthabwaters
Sep 09, 2016

I thought this was a fairly good Regency romance, though certainly not Chase's absolute best. I liked both of the main characters, and I enjoyed that the subplot of this one was a murder mystery, but I do think Chase has a tendency to sliiiiightly overplot her books (or at least not express the complexities of these subplots clearly enough), which made me a teensy bit confused about different characters' motivations as I was reading this. However, what Chase is a pro at is her tone -- full of sly humor and just sharp and witty and a delight. This isn't the book of hers I'd recommend people start with, but if they've read her more popular stuff, it's worth a look.

Ladre Jun 18, 2013

Loretta Chase is quite a talented author of historical romantic fiction, as demonstrated by her character, Esmond. However, this book fails to deliver a satisfying romance because the female protagonist, Leila, is not at all likable. As terrific as Esmond is, that's how much of a twit Leila is - a real shame. (For a perfectly matched duo, read her third book in this series, The Lord of Scoundrels. Dain and Jessica are amazing. That is the best book of this genre I've ever read.)

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