Phelan Romney doesn't believe his half-brother Valerian murdered their father. That is why he is helping him escape by hiding in the country and having Valerian pose as his "wife" Valerie. But they are running into problems. Valerian has fallen in love with bluestocking Sophie de Quincy but dressed as a woman he can't act on his feelings. Phelan yearns for Juliette MacGowan who is masquerading as a boy and trying to escape her past. On top of that, the brothers must allude the Bow Street Runners or be tried for murder.
For some reason it took me a long time to pick this book up. I wish I had read it sooner. This is a fun historical romance where no one is who they say they are and everyone has secrets. We get two romances in this book and lots of entertainment. I highly recommend this story. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Valerian Romney and his half-brother Phelan flee their home when Val is accused of murdering their father. Valerian disguises himself as a woman and poses as Phelan's wife. Juliette McGowan is fleeing her abusive husband dressed as a boy. Their lives intersect as each is busy trying to keep their identity secret. There's something rather Shakesperean about this tale but it really works! If you like Anne Stuart you will love this one.
This was a highly interesting book, with two people in drag. I didn't like the dual romance of Valerian and his lady love the bluestocking, I thought that could have been a more interesting seperate book altogether. But the story of Phelan and Juliette was very nice, lacking some answers, yet a good read.
One of the best historicals this author has written. Emotional, and charming. A+
Another great story by Anne Stuart.
Wrongly accused of his father's murder, Valerian and his brother Phelan run away. Valerian dons women's clothes and passes as Phelan's wife. They meet a "young lad" running from a determined villian. Good story, but not as good as her historicals"The Rose at Midnight"(my personal favorite) and "To Love a Dark Lord".
Wrongly accused of his father's murder, handsome Valerian Romney must flee his vengeful pursuers--ingeniously disguised as his older brother Phelan's "wife." But desire endangers the Romneys' brazen masquerade...
Wrongly accused of his father's murder, Valerian flees disguised as his older brother Phelan's "wife". But desire endangers the masquerade. for ruffles and lace cannot hide Valerian's fevered passion for the lovely and confused Sophie.
Anne Stuart, historical romance, enough said. sigh........