I picked up this book looking for a simple afternoon read that I could finish and then add to my ever-growing pile of books to donate to the salvation army. Much to my joy, this was not that kind of book.
A lot of romance novels lately are sacrificing excellent plot lines in exchange for large quantities of sex, which is comparable to dating a beautiful brainless man. Its wonderful at first but eventually you just end up dissappointed and annoyed.
Voices of the Night had everything I look for in a romance. Great sex, yes, but also wonderfully crafted, easy to relate to characters and a story line that draws you in immediately and doesn't let go.
Maggie was wonderful. She wasn't a martyr, but she was willing to do just about anything for the people she considers her family. When situations force her to accept Lord Edgington's offer to help him win his bet, she is very practical about it. A woman in her situation wouldn't allow herself to get caught up in dreaming. She knows her position in life is so far beneath Lord Edgington that their isn't any hope for them but she allows herself to fall in love anyway, knowing that their time together is finite.
Lord Edgington likewise was an extremely well-developed hero. He seemed like a real person to me, and by the end of the story you were rooting for him and Maggie to work things out.
And the twist at the end of the story, was really a surprise to me. Its usually so easy to see them coming, but in this book you don't know what is happening until the author reveals it.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It will be going on my keeper shelf to be re-read until it falls apart.