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His Improper Lady: A Historical Romance (The Mad Morelands Book 8) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08FXJN231
- Publisher : HQN Books; Original edition (June 29, 2021)
- Publication date : June 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1194 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,669 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Desiree Malone thought she had left her days of crime behind her, but when the opportunity to learn the truth of who her father is comes up, she can’t resist. When she breaks into the offices of Moreland and Quick looking for an envelope that Falk, the kidsman she used to work for wants, she doesn’t find it, but she does find something that might lead her to her father without having to work with Falk. She is so absorbed in her find, that she doesn’t hear Tom and is nearly caught, she barely gets away and takes to the rooftops to escape. It isn’t until later that she realizes she lost her token – the first one she ever won at her brother Brock’s gaming hell. But she is so excited about her find that she doesn’t worry overmuch about it. While in the office, she found a ring in the desk – with the Moreland crest, she immediately recognizes the ring as the same one her brother Brock has, that was given to him as a small child. Desiree and her twin brother Wells, remember nothing of their parents, but Brock was old enough to know some things, such as their parents were not married, their mother was their father’s mistress, and that they ran away together when the twins were still babies. Brock doesn’t know who their father was, but the man had given him a ring and that ring is an exact replica of the one she found in the office! She is sure her father was a Moreland, which in her mind, explains so much especially since she seems to possess a “gift” and has heard the whispers about the Mad Morelands and their “abilities”. She is trying to figure out how to proceed when she is confronted by Tom.
At first, Tom is sure that Desiree is trying to scam the Morelands and there is no way he will let that happen. Tom too worked for Falk, a fact that surprises them both, but he was saved by Reed Moreland and given a new life, which makes him very protective of the family. But as evidence begins to mount, Tom realizes that Desiree is not trying to hurt the family, she is just looking for answers. He agrees to help her and after visiting the Morelands, it becomes clear that while she is not from the Duke’s immediate family, she is in fact a Moreland. But even that knowledge doesn’t quell the uneasiness she is feeling and there is still the mystery of why her parents left without making provisions for them. But the more she and Tom begin to grow closer and to dig for answers, the more her uneasiness increases and it is clear that someone doesn’t want them finding the answers!
This was a well-written and interesting story that was more mystery than romance. The mystery was well-paced and perfectly executed with plenty of suspects and motives, the romance was a bit more subtle, which worked wonderfully for this book. My only real complaint was the constant incorrect use of the titles Lord and Lady Moreland, there would actually not be anyone addressed as Lord/Lady Moreland, but the author used it for everyone with the last name Moreland, so not only is it incorrect usage, but it makes it confusing to know which Moreland she is referencing. I enjoyed this book and I am hoping that there will be more installments that include Desiree’s brothers, This is the eighth book in the series, but it could easily be read as a standalone title with no problem, and while it is not necessary, to really understand the “Mad Morelands” I would recommend reading the books in order.
We’ve met and gotten to know Tom Quick through several books. The Morelands rescued him when he was just a young boy, but he had already been through more than any ten children should have to endure in a lifetime. He had no idea who his parents were nor how to came to be living with a gang run by Falk. Tom was forced to be a pick-pocket and he knew he’d end up dead or jailed at some point. Then, Falk directed him to pick the pocket of Reed Moreland – and was caught. Reed, however, didn’t turn him in – he rescued him. To Tom Quick, the Morelands can do no wrong – they are on the highest of pedestals. So then, just imagine his outrage and anger when a woman who had broken into his office explains who she is and how she came to be – and not only her, but her two brothers as well.
Desiree Malone, her twin brother Wells, and their older brother, Brock weren’t exactly orphans, but they had been abandoned by their mother and her lover when they were just babes. A friend of their mother took them in, but as circus performers, they didn’t always have enough to make ends meet, so they were often loaned out to Falk who used them to do jobs perfectly suited to their unique set of talents. Then, they finally ended up in Falk’s gang full time and it was a miserable existence.
Desiree has always wanted to know who her father was. She didn’t really want to do anything about it, she just wanted to know. That need-to-know has been getting stronger and stronger over the last few months. When Falk approaches her again and tells her that he will disclose her father’s name to her if she will break into the offices of Moreland and Quick Detective Agency and ‘retrieve’ a document for him. What can it hurt? She knows Falk is probably lying, but she can’t see a reason not to do as he asks. Then, she is caught! Uh-Oh! How did that happen? She had just been distracted by the evidence she’d just uncovered – evidence of the name of her father.
When Desiree escapes from Tom, he quickly tracks her down and demands to know what she was looking for and why. Once she tells him, she can just see the anger and dislike radiating off him. What she says is absolutely impossible. When Desiree and Tom team up to discover who her father really was, they certainly never expected to run into danger, but there it was at every turn. Will they survive to actually identify her father AND what was in the package she was supposed to ‘retrieve’ from Tom’s office?
There are threats and villains everywhere and Desiree and Tom will have to work hard to sort through all of them to solve the mystery of her parentage – and to keep each other safe. Will they live long enough to find their HEA? It is a very close thing!
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and can hardly wait for the next one. It was fun to have at least short visits with all of the Morelands, but it was especially fun to have Con and Alex show up with their delightful antics. The characters are delightful, the story is well-written, and the solution will keep you guessing right till the end.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.