Series: Fraternitas Aureae Crucis #4
Published by Avon on February 26, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the dangerous men of the mysterious St. James Society.
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?
A Bride By Moonlight is book four of the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis series. And yes that is such a complex spelling for a series? But once you read these books you begin to understand the reasoning of it a bit more. This book *sigh* was a struggle and I am not sure if it was just because it was my first historical in a long while, lack of energy or my mood but this took me almost a week to read and that is just not me even for a historical which I have struggled with lately. So I am not sure how long this review will be, but I do want to share my honest thoughts about this story.
A Bride By Moonlight is a story that is about two more opposite of people Lisette and Napier. Napier is a man that works with and is a defender of upholding the laws of the land. Lisette, is a woman who has a dark past and pushes the boundaries of the law. But Napier and Lisette come to an arrangement of sorts, a fake engagement to help solve a mystery and a murder mystery at that. Lisette is used to pushing men away, she doesn’t like to get emotionally involved but with Napier its different. They have passion between them but there is something deeper and he is proving to be more of a challenge to let go of.
This is a story that I will say was confusing to say the least. The first half of the book was a huge struggle, so I really felt I had to force my way through it. I am not sure why I kept up with this one to be honest. I haven’t read this author in years so I also had to adjust to her writing style which I definitely wasn’t used to since its been so long. But I just wanted to love it. And even though I ended up liking some aspects of the story, it just didn’t pull me in, or engage me and quite frankly I didn’t feel the emotion that I wanted to feel between these two. As a plus though, there is a well written mystery that is put into play in this story and I definitely had a fun time with that. The second half of the book is definitely a vast improvement and I highly recommend that if you want to pick this one up, do so but stick with it and I guarantee that it does get better.
Overall, even though it didn’t quite meet my expectations, it had such promise within its pages, and was a solid story of intrigue, unrequited love and the power of opposites being attracted….