The Lady Risks All

The Lady Risks All

Large Print - 2012
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Miranda Clifford, who leads a life of rigid respectability, turns to Neville Roscoe, ruler of London's gambling underworld, for help in finding her missing brother, only to find herself attracted to this disreputable man.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, [2012]
Edition: First HarperLuxe large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780062201560
0062201565
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 692 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Sarah1984
Mar 18, 2013

6/3 - Kind of reminds me of her spin-off Cynster trilogy that started with Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue, as the first 1/2 of the book features a carriage chase, although it differs from the Cyster Sisters trilogy in that this time the heroine is chasing the bad guys instead of being kidnapped by them. This is probably a 3 1/2 starrer for me. There's really not much sexual tension, it almost seems like Miranda sees Roscoe as her last resort for a relationship with a man and she sort of figures "oh well, he's pretty good looking and he's rich, he'll do" and he figures "she's probably the only woman of breeding age who is likely to give me a second look, she'll do", it doesn't feel like a great passion from either of them. I have absolutely no idea what's going on with her brother and his kidnapping, it doesn't make <i>any</i> sense. I thought maybe Aunt Gladys was responsible, hoping that with Roderick out of the way Miranda would feel like she had no other choice other than to marry Wraxby. Then I thought maybe Roderick somehow knew about her attraction to Roscoe and was in on his own kidnapping all along in an attempt to push the two together. Now that he's been rescued with some serious injuries I've discarded both theories and haven't been able to come up with a new one, logical or not. To be continued...

9/3 - I felt the revelation of who the kidnapper and would be murder was, was a little convenient and contrived. The kidnapping was just a vehicle for Miranda to need Roscoe and for them to be in close proximity to each other, which would naturally engender physical closeness and bring about the romance. None of it felt natural or real, it didn't read like a great passion for either of them, although they both thought that it was. It feels like her most recent books have lost a lot of their passion - the Cynster Sisters trilogy was also lacking in that area, although not as much as The Lady Risks All.

abkeller Feb 23, 2013

A horrific event forces Lord Julian Delbraith to make a terrible decision, one in which he will sacrifice himself for the greater good of his family. Gone is his former self, his life of comfort and noble decadence. In its place arises a man of danger and intrigue, a seemingly ruthless opportunist praying upon the gambling weaknesses of men.
Miranda Clifford is a captive to the life her aunts decreed for her, one of rigid respectability and the fear that their true origins might be discovered. Their fortune came from trade and no former wealth from titles and magnificent holdings in the countryside. Her neighbor, Neville Roscoe, is a danger Miranda can scarcely afford – or as it happens, ignore.
Following her brother Roderick to Roscoe’s, Miranda is determined to halt his gambling excesses. Instead, she finds her brother engaged in a plan to aid the poor and Miranda is mortified when Neville Roscoe himself discovers her hiding in his home. Unfortunately, Roderick suddenly disappears and Miranda can think of no one better to track the kidnappers than Roscoe.
Over the next several weeks, Miranda comes to know herself and Neville much better. Even though she is now in her upper twenties, she suddenly realizes she is quite capable of directing her own destiny. She has choices to make, difficult ones that can affect the futures of her family and Roscoe’s, as well.
Unfortunately, a dangerous man lurks in the background, ready to strike at Roderick and his sister in a desperate attempt to save himself. As the suspense mounts, it remains anyone’s guess whether Roscoe can locate the mysterious Kirkwell before it’s too late to save Roderick and the lovely creature who may hold the keys to his heart.
This was an outstanding novel. Historically accurate, passionate and mysterious, this story held me riveted to the very last word.

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