Monday, March 17, 2014

Mini Reviews of Three Karen Robards Historical Romance Novels

Dark Torment by Karen Robards

Dominic Gallagher has been sent to Australia for Crimes against the Crown. Sarah Markham insists that her father buy him when she sees him being flogged by the Captain's Whip. In a way, she saves his life but the rebel is in no mood to be in her debt. 

While working in her father's land, Sarah and Dominic find themselves in close proximity and passion blossoms. Sarah is in a dilemma for feeling like this for an indentured servant. Then they discovered that someone wants Dominic dead....the big question is why?

Lady Gabriella Banning is devastated when she learns that her half-brother, the Earl of Wickham, has died on his tea plantation in Ceylon. She and and her two younger sisters are now penniless. Gabby has to think fast! 

Without letting her sisters know, she pretends that the Earl of Wickham has allowed for the London season for her beautiful sister Claire. She thinks that as soon as Claire finds a match, the truth will have to come out.

When she arrives in London, she finds Marcus, the Earl of Wickham is already in residence at their home. But both know the truth. That  the Earl of Wickham is very much dead. She can't expose him now with so much at stake. 

When sparks fly, Gabby and Marcus seem to be an odd pair of siblings wrongfully in love with each other. London society is buzzed with the scandal....the big question is it going to affect Claire's future prospects?

It is second in the series of the Banning sisters. The very beautiful Claire Banning is now married to a rich nobleman. However, he turns out to be a wastrel. She has been left alone in one of his estates but she wishes for her rightful place in society by being near her husband, 
While travelling to her husband's estate on the coast of Sussex, she is kidnapped and confined in a cabin of ship with her kidnapper.

Hugh Battancourt, who works secretly for his country, realizes he had kidnapped the wrong person as soon as she tells him who she is. But he can't let her go without endangering both their lives. Claire thinks she has found true love in Hugh Battancourt but she knows they have no future as she is married. He makes sure she goes home safely. And then he turns up after a few months, now as a nobleman. He knows that someone is trying to eliminate her....

Karen Robards sure knows how to write Historical romances. Her heroines are strong characters. They have guts and are unafraid. The suspense element is good too. The edge is all there and one enjoys reading her novels.


JC Jones said...

All three sound really good. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

Sonia Lal said...

Scandalous sounds especially good!