Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon

by Karen Robards

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Dark of the Moon by Karen Robards

“One terrific storyteller.”

Chicago Tribune


Dark of the Moon is a sizzling classic tale of forbidden romance from New York Times bestseller Karen Robards—an author who the Chicago Sun-Times says “penetrates the steamiest of women’s fantasies.” The highly sensual tale of an orphaned beauty’s dangerous love for the outlaw nobleman who rescued her from an unspeakable fate, Dark of the Moon has enthralled readers everywhere (“I enjoyed every minute,” says romance superstar Johanna Lindsey). Now a new audience can discover the remarkable Karen Robards and her intense and enthralling “Romance—with a difference” (Orlando Sentinel).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380754373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 202,008
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Karen Robards is the bestselling author of twenty-seven novels. The winner of six Silver Pen awards for favorite romance novelist, as well as numerous other awards, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, Doug, and their sons Peter, Christopher, and Jack. She says, "I read, I write, and I chase children. That’s my life."

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Chapter One

Caitlyn O'Malley was a lass, but none would have known it who saw her swaggering along Dublin's narrow cobbled laneways on that misty April afternoon in 1784. For the last eight of her fifteen years of life, she had aped the role of a male. So successful was she at it that she herself forgot her true sex for days at a time. Her unkempt black hair was cropped into a ragged bob that just touched her shoulders. A constant layer of grime obscured delicate features. Thick-lashed kerry blue eyes, big as agates in her hunger-pinched face, passed almost unnoticed amidst all her dirt. With her spindly frame clad in shabby, castoff coat and breeches that were two sizes too large, she looked as much like a ragged twelve-year-old boy as her companion, who could lay claim to the condition in truth.

"B'God, O'Malley, would ye take a whiff o' that, now?" Willie Laha, stopped to sniff enviously at the tray of meat pastries that the vendor was setting out on the counter of his cart. They were so fresh steam was rising from them. Staring at the golden-brown crusts, sniffing their delicious aroma, Caitlyn felt her mouth water. Pangs of hunger twisted her stomach. Neither she nor Willie had eaten the night before nor all that day, and it was nigh onto evening again. Pickings for supper were likely to be slim. The gangs of urchins and beggars that haunted the mews intersecting O'Connell Suva had become so notorious that the merchants were going about armed. It was worth a lad's life to pinch so much as an apple. With the street fair in progress and the workers from the quays crowding the street every night, pickingsshould have been plentiful. But revelers were guarding their purses, and merchants were watching eagle-eyed over their wares. Only a week ago, Tim O'Flynn, one of the loose gang of boys that was the closest Caitlyn had to family since her mother died, had been hanged for stealing two plums and a chunk of bread. With that example fresh in mind, Caitlyn was more cautious than was her wont, although hunger was beginning to override her unaccustomed prudence. If she did not steal, she would not eat.

"You there! Move along or I'll be takin' me stick to your hides!" The growl came from the red-faced merchant, who had noticed their interest and was glaring ferociously at them, stout stick in hand. Caitlyn made a rude gesture in return but did not resist as Willie pulled her along the street, Which was lined on both sides by vendors' carts displaying everything from meat pasties to leather shoes.

"We'd best hold off until Doyle and the rest come up to us. Two alone's not good odds."

Caitlyn scowled at Willie's caution. O'Flynn's fate was making women out of the lot of them. They had to shake the specter of it if they were to eat on anything approaching a regular basis. It was foolishness pure and simple to think -- as Willie and some of the others did -- that they were cursed by bad luck. O'Flynn just hadn't been careful enough or fast enough. The lesson to be learned there was not to stop stealing, but to make certain sure not to be caught. And she wouldn't be. She'd always been careful, and she was fleet of foot, the fastest of them all. No fat merchant would catch her, like had happened to O'Flynn. And Jamie McFinnian, who'd been taken the month before O'Flynn, had always been clumsy. That he'd escaped capture as long as he had was a miracle, nothing less. No, it was not bad luck dogging them at all, at all. It was bad judgment, pure and simple.

"Look there." With a nudge she directed Willie's attention farther down the street. A tall, lean man in a froth of lace and finery was making his way with fine unconcern through the dirty, bare-armed quay workers who with their doxies were beginning to fill the street. As they watched, he pulled a gleaming gold watch from his pocket, flipped it open with a polished thumbnail, and looked at it for a brief moment before carelessly replacing it. Scorn twisted Caitlyn's mouth into a sneer. Obviously the gentleman was new-come from bloody England, one of the hated Ascendancy, and none had thought to warn him not to venture into the city's dangerous Irish quarters. He strolled along as though he hadn't a care in the world, completely oblivious to the sullen looks he was receiving from the shabby tides of the oppressed surrounding him.

"A right lamb for the fleecin', Willie, me lad." Caitlyn's eyes gleamed with a combination of avarice and hatred as they fixed on the gentleman. The hatred had nothing to do with him personally. The Irish hated the English from birth onward. It was bred in blood and bone. "Sent straight from the Holy Mother to brighten our path. These boyos'll have every stitch off him before he goes much further, so we'd best be gettin' the cream off the top."

Willie looked around uneasily. He was redheaded and freckle-faced under the layers of grime, but instead of being bold and hot-tempered, as redheads were supposed to be, he was both cautious and easygoing by nature. O'Flynn's fate had merely aggravated unfortunate qualities that he already possessed. "Whisht, now, O'Malley, there's too many witnesses about. It's caught we'll be for certain sure."

"Don't be daft, Willie, there's naught that's different from always." She was impatient. "We hit him and run, just like we've done more times than you can count. We'll have his pockets cleaned and be off before..."

Dark of the Moon. Copyright © by Karen Robards. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Dark of the Moon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like caitlyn at all and the overall story was boring. Found myself skipping pages and eagerly awaiting the end
DelightedNovela More than 1 year ago
Karen Robards once again does not disappoint. This story is full of compassion and deep enduring love. I absolutely adored the main characters and the way this story unfolds. Very exciting, touching and quite passionate. This book is one of the best by Ms Robards. A must read.
Lilah More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times before but it never gets old. I love this book and the characters. I love the drama and the excitement. indeed I did shed a tear or two in the ending it was soooo heartbreaking but overall I absolutely adore this book. Way to go Karen Robards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robards never ceases to amuse and enthrall her readers. Love wins out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get why so many others refer to this as their favorite romance novel. It was delicious, heartwarming and suspensful. Yes there was sadness towards the end, but not for reasons one would assume-reasons that would discourage those of us who hate tragic love stories...hint,hint,nudge,nudge;)-and it all works out for those we come to care about in the end. Buy it and read it post-haste! You cannot go wrong with this one.
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A sweet love story with drama. It kept my interest and had a hard time putting book (nook) down. Story has substance to it that makes it interesting beside being love story.
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melanie311 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite historical romances!  I originally read this about 25 years ago just because I got it for free.  When I purged my extensive book collection during a move, this is one of 5-10 paperbacks I kept.  I have read it countless times.  Love it!
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Fantastic book, one of her very best stories!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books but this book is soooooo good. You won't be able to put it down. What a man Coonor is!! This story is so wonderfully thought out and written. It is a MUST Read!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set in 1784, Ireland & England. A very good read, has your attention through out. Towards the end it'll get really sad, you'll find yourself shedding a tear or two. Not as good as some of her other books but it's still good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read countless romance novels but Dark of the Moon is my absolute favorite. It is a bit reminisent of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Robin Hood in the sense that the hero, Connor, robs from the rich to give to the poor and does so by becoming 'The Dark Horseman' by night and a respected sheep farmer by day! I love this character and your heart will break for him and Caitlyn, the young girl disguised as a boy who he saves from a dangerous existance in the streets of Dublin. Caitlyn ever strong-willed and stubborn discovers Connor's secret and insists on riding with him and his brothers. Tragedy, deception, danger and passion are woven together to create a novel you will not be able to put down. READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark Of The Moon, Was one of the best books i have read, and i have been reading romance novels since i was 13. It is very romantic first and formost, but also exciteing, dangerous, and has a touch of humor to it as well. I really enjoyed reading this book and i think anyone who likes romance would love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book..Conner and Cailtyn's passionate journey always left me in a page-turning frenzy. I recommend this book to romance novel readers of any kind. I'm only 13 and this book was wonderful, so imagine what people in their 20's (and beyond of course) would think of it! If there is a sequel, I will read it jus as fervently as I did this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have liked it more if Caitlyn wasn't such a pain in the ass, obnoxous
eReaderSS More than 1 year ago
I had read half of this book and then decided to read the reviews. I often do this. After reading the reviews on the B&N site I was unsure if I wanted to finish it. Many of the reviews warned that it was very sad. The last thing I want to do is read a book with a sad ending. If I wanted that all I'd have to do is turn on the news any night of the week. So I went to Amazon to see what those reviews said. I am so glad I did. I found the one and only review that told me it was okay to read it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. However, for those who may not be sure they want to read it because of all the "sad" comments, I want to let you know it is okay to read. There are sad parts BUT it DOES have a HAPPY ending. You may shed some tears but you won't be disappointed.