Beware of Virtuous Women
Book three of Michaels’ new Romney Marsh series focuses on adopted daughter Eleanor, who has always been aloof, quietly running the boisterous Becket household. When the notorious Red Men Gang threatens the family, friend Jack Eastwood offers to infiltrate London society to uncover the gang’s leader. To the dismay of her family, Eleanor volunteers to play Eastwood’s pretend wife and journeys to London with him, intent on helping.
Although secretive about her past, Jack finds that Eleanor is not just a private, delicate woman, but has a steely will and a quick mind. Her secrets, however, become a liability when Jack discovers that Rowley Maddox, the Earl of Chelfham and quite possibly the leader of the Red Men, knows who Eleanor is and what she is hiding. Jack and Eleanor find themselves playing a dangerous game with Maddox, leading to a cataclysmic climax, and threatening the growing love between them.
Despite rather corny cliché-ridden love scenes, the story resonates with romance and adventure, with two likable protagonists. The lively dialogue and engaging characters make for a suspenseful plot, with exciting predicaments and a satisfying conclusion. Michaels has once again captured the intriguing Becket family in a delightful story of love.