Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition is a meme hosted by Tin @ Love Saves the World and Mary @ Buried Under Romance where you get to feature historical romance novels published before October 3, 2008.
This week, I’m featuring Gaelen Foley.
The Duke, published in 2000
Driven to uncover the truth about the mysterious death of his ladylove, the Duke of Hawkscliffe will go to any lengths to unmask a murderer. Even if it means jeopardizing his reputation by engaging in a scandalous affair with London’s most provocative courtesan–the desirable but aloof Belinda Hamilton.
Bel has used her intelligence and wit to charm the city’s titled gentlemen, while struggling to put the pieces of her life back together. She needs a protector, so she accepts Hawk’s invitation to become his mistress in name only. He asks nothing of her body, but seeks her help in snaring the same man who shattered her virtue. Together they tempt the unforgiving wrath of society–until their risky charade turns into a dangerous attraction, and Bel must make a devastating decision that could ruin her last chance at love. . .
I would read anything Gaelen Foley writes. Her historical romances are fast-paced, adventure- and action-filled, and steamy as they come. My very first impressions of her as a writer and of her stories are that they were refreshing. Her books pack more than the usual action and suspense and while those were unexpected, they were most definitely welcome, appreciated, and loved.
This book is the first book in her second series, the Knight Miscellany. I really enjoyed reading this book because of the seemingly reversed portrayals of our hero and heroine. And I say seemingly because it is not really who they are, or it’s only a part of who they are and what society sees of them. Our hero is the straight-laced and respected peer of the realm while our heroine is a celebrated courtesan. And who doesn’t love reading about a straight-laced hero? All the more to look forward to his eventual un-lacing, so to speak *evil laugh*. Because usually as HR canon, so to speak, dictates, the hero’s usually a rake and the heroine’s an innocent girl. Of course, this is not to say that I don’t enjoy the usual set-ups but that’s why I was so enamored with this book because Gaelen Foley presents an alternative set-up and it totally works.