Copyright 1997, Topaz
Lady Elf is sick of being treated like a proper lady. She wants some intrigue, dang it. Along with her best friend, she sets out to a masquerade where she happens to over hear some very wicked things. Like treason.
The Earl of Walgrave is a reformed playboy. The death of his father has left him in charge of many responsibilities and he takes them all very seriously. Especially when he's roped into a plan to kill the King.
Elf has always been attracted to Fort (the Earl) but he hates her family, literally despises them, blames them for the death of his father. Nothing can over come that. But if she could have one night with him...even if it's as someone else...it might be worth it. She could keep her decency, play out a fantasy and then try to move on from the silly infatuation.
Too bad plotting to kill the king and falling for the masked "French" girl you took home tends to bind you to a person. Fort is driven mad with desire for "Lisette" - Elf in disguise - and she's just as crazy for him, more so than she was just as Elf Malloren because now she's seen a side of him he's never shown her. But the mask has to come off sometime and she can't sit back and let the King be killed. Where are her allegiances? With the King, her love or her family?
I really love Jo Beverley. Her historical romance's are phenomonal and bring you into the world fully. While I enjoyed the intrigue, the conflict and even the characters, the details were a little heavy. BUT you could walk into one of those mansions and know your way around and how to act while you're there - that's for sure. A patient of my office gave me a whole bag of books, this being one of them, and I can't thank her enough!! Even though I said the details were a bit overwhelming at times, I still loved the story. I loved the elegance behind every word and the easy transportation Beverley gives us into a time that I wish I could have seen.
Fans of historical romance, if you haven't already, try her out!