Secret Nights

Secret Nights

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by Anita Mills
     
 

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After her wealthy merchant father is accused of murder, Elise Rand goes to the only person she knows who can help: Patrick Hamilton, Regency London's most brilliant trial lawyer. But no ammount of cash will convince Patrick to take on what appears to be a doomed case. So Elise is forced to put her reputation, her sanity, and her heart on the line when she offers a

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After her wealthy merchant father is accused of murder, Elise Rand goes to the only person she knows who can help: Patrick Hamilton, Regency London's most brilliant trial lawyer. But no ammount of cash will convince Patrick to take on what appears to be a doomed case. So Elise is forced to put her reputation, her sanity, and her heart on the line when she offers a very different method of payment for his legal services: herself. But what neither of them could have ever expected are the true feelings that bubble up after a few stolen kisses.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mills does the historical romance genre proud with her latest offering. Tautly written and packed with suspense, the plot moves along at a brisk pace while engaging the reader in the moving love story of a refreshingly different hero and heroine. Elise Rand's father Bartholomew is set on throwing his daughter at successful trial lawyer Patrick Hamilton. Strong-willed Elise, however, refuses to be thrown in any direction save her own, and it is not until Bartholomew is accused of murder that Elise offers herself to Patrick--the only man who can save her father's life. The gradual evolution of the love shared by Elise and Patrick is wholly believable and at times poignant. As the story alternates between the lives of the privileged and the misery of the lower classes, the reader encounters secondary characters who prove that bad guys don't always wear black. Though the premise on the back cover blurb may seem hackneyed at first glance, Mills ( Texas Lily ) writes a story that is anything but generic. With a talent for evoking period atmosphere and her knowledge of the Regency underworld, Mills nips at the heels of Anne Perry's Victorian novels of crime and suspense. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal
When beautiful, outspoken Elise Rand offers herself to ambitious criminal barrister Patrick Hamilton in return for his defense of her wealthy father in a murder trial, she knows it will destroy her reputation-but it doesn't occur to her that she might lose her heart as well. Mills (Duel of Hearts, Dutton, 1993) has written an insightful and unusual historical that focuses not only on the glittering decadence of Regency upper-class society but also on its sinister criminal elements. Nicely drawn characters, a complex plot, and well-handled language contribute to this satisfying romance. [Mills lives in Plattsburg, Missouri.] Alternative reality (futuristic/fantasy/paranormal/time travel) romance actually contains a number of separate mini-subgenres, each of which could be discussed separately but are linked by the common thread of fantasy. Time travelers, vampires, angels, psychics, aliens, ghosts, space adventurers, werewolves, witches, and other similar characters are all at home in this rapidly growing group. Constance O'Day-Flannery, Cheri Scotch, Annette Stockenberg, Lori Herter, and Becky Lee Weyrich have all contributed to this subgenre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626810402
Publisher:
Diversion Books
Publication date:
06/06/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
495
Sales rank:
191,190
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

A former history and English teacher, Anita Mills turned to writing in the mid-1980's. After her regency romance SCANDAL BOUND was published followed by her highly acclaimed LADY OF FIRE, Anita Mills went on to enjoy an award filled career. Her historical novels and regency short stories are ranked among the best in their respective genres. The parents of four children, Anita and her husband Larry find peace on a small farm near Plattsburgh, Missouri. This former teacher has drawn upon her love for both history and English to enrich her novels.

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Secret Nights 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your typical romance. Not as predictable as most, which was refeshing. The lead character is so believable. She's someone you can relate to in both her failings and her triumphs. Its surprising to find a book this well written in the free listing. I would like to read more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*The ending of this story absolutely took me by surprise... romance, murder and mystery.. Ms. Mills never disappoints but this was outside the best to be had.. Highly Recommend...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book in my nook I brougt over 850 books and read them as well. I kept putting this one off and once I began i could not put it down. Well you have my attention and a new fan. I did not see it coming. Please read and you will fall in love with the writer as i have. THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL STORY....MS. D. From New York City
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough said :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
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I enjoyed this story even though I felt it dragged on a bit. Sexual tension and murder kept me hooked. 334 pages
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This is very very good- ir is different from so many regency reads- i absolutely could not believe it was free- i plan to read more of this author's work -enjoy this read
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