07 September 2008

Review: Shana Galen - When Dashing Met Danger

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (April 26, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0060773154
ISBN-13: 978-0060773151

Alex Scarston: Earl of Selbourne. Rake. Spy. With his efforts for England in the war against the French suspended, family obligations compel him to investigate the disappearance of Viscount Brigham's son. When the viscount's daughter becomes involved as well, Alex finds himself entangled in a venture that risks both heart and soul.

It's not that Lucia Dashing, youngest daughter of Lord Brigham, wants Alex to go away. She just wishes he weren't always so close - perhaps a few rooms, or streets, or continents between them would bank the heat of her attraction. But when her brother disappears and every clue indicates his safe recovery essential to the very sovereignty of England, she's no choice but to engage the earl in a battle risking her brother, her country, and her love.

This is a sparkling regency novel that took me by surprise! I absolutely loved the characters Shana Galen created. Alex Selbourne is a spy for England and currently residing in London during the season. He’s an arrogant, devilish hansom rake of a man that does what he wants, whenever he wants…..until he meets Lucia Dashing. She’s a woman trapped in the rules of High Society, but with a strong mind of her own trouble is written all over her. When her twin brother is missing from his trip through Europe Lucia’s father asks the help of Alex to find him. Lucia wouldn’t be Lucia is she didn’t think she could help him.

There’s a immediate sizzle simmering between Alex and Lucia making the reader hungry for that moment of sensual explosion. Because of Lucia’s nature she drives Alex crazy with her “help” which creates situations that brings a smile to the readers face. Not only does Alex have Lucia to deal with but also her twin who’s missing and a wanted poster with his name all over it.

The way Shana Galen writes is a promise to be entertained from the first to the last page. It’s warm, witty with smoldering passion and a bit of mystery. The characters you’ll come to love or seriously dislike. Alex and Lucia take us from England to France and wherever they go nice and interesting secondary characters add a bit extra to a already heartwarming story! It’s definitely been worth my time getting acquainted with Shana Galen.

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