This book was wonderful. I have never read this author before, but was not disapointed at all. The love story was magical and the who-done-it had me going. Having read mysteries for years before romance books, well, thats a job well done. I kept thinking, "I know who did it now" then something else would happen. I would then find myself thinking "Well, then it was this one...."
From the begining to end, you are drawn into the story. The whole story line is this.... Aveline is living in the country with her gambling father. Needless to say, her father has a problem and is always pushing them close to poverty. Well, in one card game one night, he dishonors Lucien, who is a crackshot and has not lost one of his many duels. So, Aveline figures she will pay the notorius rake a visit and see if she cant bargin for her fathers life. Her mother died several years ago, so her father is the only thing that keeps her off the streets. (She takes care of getting food and stuff.)But what she bargins with is not money, besides, she does not have enough money to cover then debt. Hence, the three nights. Now, fast foreward to five years from now. Here goes the story of deception and betrayal and how these two fall in love all over again while overcoming all these problems. People trying to keep them apart and they are fighting all these outside sources and their own doubts and fears. The only thing is how they go over and over again their thoughts and feelings. The problem, was they were the same. Over and over again. Its not bad when the thoughts change, but 3 out of 5 intorspective parts, sounded like the one before. Then it changes, then the same, same, same. That grated my nerves, but I just skipped over those parts. Otherwise, this book was great. It was a great tale and I enjoyed the ride.