A Bride by Moonlight

A Bride by Moonlight

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by Liz Carlyle

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Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . .

On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even

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Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . .

On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger—of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . .

Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard's most relentless police commissioner. He's vowed to bring Lisette to justice—but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?

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MacLachlan Family & Friends , #8
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A Bride by Moonlight 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book. So well written. This author never disappoints. If you can appreciate complex characters, lovely dialogue, mystery, and hot mid 19th century romance you'll like this book. As usual redemption and growth is possible even in the darkest of circumstances. I loved the hero so much and the heroine is so strong . A refreshing change from the preponderence of trash being published today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. This is the story of Elizabeth Collburn and Royden Napier. Elizabeth has spent her adult life trying to avenge her father's death and Napier is the assistant police commissioner. Their paths cross when he is investigating a murder in which she is a witness. The circumstances are quite questionable, and Royden is hesitant to leave Elizabeth alone until he has it figured out. He blackmails her into taking a trip with him, and she hesitantly agrees to his request. During this trip, they form a shakey truce and work together to solve a mystery involving the questionable deaths of 2 peope at this family estate. Excellent primary and secondary plots, great character development and 4+ steam.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
There is something about a dark and brooding hero that screams out for the readers to sink their teeth in and never put the book down. I can't personally help myself when I read them- and Royden Napier is no different. Liz has a way of crafting her book so that the story is real and the characters are true. She's made strong characters that draw in the reader and make it so you want to read until the end of the book. There's something special about the main characters in this book, they've been seen before- in her other writings. I love how well Liz has touched on the older concepts of honor and duty- mind you it isn't always in the right place or the right time. I think this book is more than just a historical romance. It captures a different feel to it... And boy, does it have its fair share of drama. I'd recommend this to all romance lovers, especially those that enjoy historical romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the main characters and so many twists and turns that I didn't figure out the whodunnit until the end. Sometimes I got a few of the family members confused and it detracted a little to go back to the character guide, but I really appreciate that guide with such a variety of characters. The romantic parts were incredibly hot and most of the dialogue flowed really well.
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
With a police officer’s nose for lies Royden Napier can tell from the minute she opens her mouth that Elizabeth Colburne is in the world-class category.  Lisette will use any manipulation or falsification to get Royden to right the wrong that was done to her family.   Lisette cannot bear that her father’s reputation was ruined and that the person responsible shows how money can buy your freedom.   Royden catches her up one too many times so that house arrest is in order and that house  just happens to be the one he is now in charge of.  Having been disinherited by his family it came as quite a shock to now learn he is a titled gentleman with property to care for and decisions to be made he never thought would involve him.  Foremost in his mind right now is Lisette who it turns out is charming him into being a romantic fool that wants nothing more than to capture her heart and win her trust.   Liz Carlyle intertwines romance, mystery, and intrigue into a magnificent story no reader can put down.
Sandigger More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I hadn't read Ms Carlyle's books before but this one was good. There were times when I wanted to skip over parts only because it took forever for these two to get it together but the storyline was good.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
When it comes to Regency romances there's a small list of authors I know I can count on to deliver the goods and one of those authors is Liz Carlyle. A Bride by Moonlight continues her run of well-written and satisfying stories, with this one including an intriguing mystery. Royden and Lisette make an entertaining couple with their love to hate to love rollercoaster journey to a HEA. They both have a lot of emotional baggage to work through too before they allow themselves a HEA. For Lisette, life has been full of responsibilities, the biggest of which is seeking justice for her father's death. These obligations have kept her from finding her own happiness and led her to keep her heart hidden so that the hard knocks of life can't hurt her anymore. Royden too keeps his heart hidden, but for him it's behind duty and obligation. He seems super serious and by the book and needs the right woman to turn his world upside down and Lisette's the one to do it in her role as faux fiancée. As they work together to figure out whodunit, their delightful banter with hints of sexual tension below the surface hints at the steamy sexual encounters that soon flourish. Along with the satisfying sexual scenes is an equally satisfying mystery that actually kept me guessing. There`s actually quite a bit of action revolving around the mystery that it sometimes felt like it almost overtook the story, but through the talents of Ms. Carlyle she retained a nice balance between actions in and out of the bedroom. This is the fourth book in the Fraternitas Aurae Crucis series and though it can be read on its own reading the other books will make for a richer reading experience. Seeing glimpses of these characters in earlier books will show how far they've come in opening their hearts to each other as this story progresses. From its likable protagonists to its nice balance of mystery and romance Ms. Carlyle has once again left me feeling immensely satisfied and wanting to return to this world. Fans of historical romance will again find much to like about A Bride by Moonlight and I highly recommend you jump into this series if you haven't already.
T-TW More than 1 year ago
 Excellent plot. A page turner. Love this series!
BekahSC More than 1 year ago
Liz Carlyle is usually pretty consistent, but there's something about this series I just can't get behind. The first book was okay, the last book was slightly repetitive and this one was convoluted. The shame is that Carlyle has two of her strongest characters featured in The Bride by Moonlight... steely Royden Napier who's been fascinating as a secondary character in the previous novels and Elizabeth Colburne who was terrifyingly vengeful in the last book as she masqueraded as a man determined to bring down the person she held responsible for her family's tragedy. Elizabeth in this book was cheeky (a quality I love in a heroine), independent and resourceful. One small quibble is that Carlyle portrayed her as not very likeable in the last book so there was a bit of a readjustment in viewing her as heroine material. Other criticisms include a large cast of characters whose relationships (despite the helpful list in the front of the book) were confusing and a rather dull mystery to be solved. It seemed the author was going for an Agatha Christie type house "whodunnit" where everyone was a suspect, but the pacing was really slow. I also wished for more face time between Royden and Elizabeth who had some genuine chemistry, but their scenes together were pages and pages apart with the stuff in the middle not terribly interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Or almost none. I haven't cared for some of Carlyle's recent books in spite of loving her writing. This was a welcome return. My only concern is that it is a tight sequel to the last book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was okay, but there were so many characters that it was at times confusing. Also too many details of the mystery and not of their romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Liz Carlyle's other books featuring members of the Fraternitas, and this was thebestone yet. I liked the characters, especially Lisette, and the love scenes were HOT!
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thia66 More than 1 year ago
truly enjoyed
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ElJayMills More than 1 year ago
Much time was spent on other characters rather than the hero and heroine. There have been better Liz Carlyle books, but still worth reading.
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You jerks