I’ve been reading more romances than I ever have before, and I find a lot of these authors through a co-worker, Barbara, who orders all the paperbacks for my branch. She has been reading romance for years and often steers me to writers I may not have heard of. That was the case here; I was going on vacation and wanted a couple of paperbacks to take to the beach and this was one that she put in my hands.
Normally, we weed our paperbacks on a regular basis, which means we pull the old books to make room for the new. Except Barbara has some favorites like this one from 1996 that she refuses to pull.
A Dangerous Man starts off slowly. We meet Mercy Coltrane, an American heiress who has come to England to find her brother. She tries to enlist the Earl of Perth, Hart Moreland, in her search. She knew Hart back in Texas when he worked as a hired gunslinger for her father, and even saved her life when she was being held at gunpoint.
Hart is trying to forget his past and see his sisters wed. He doesn’t want the ton to know about his past, and is afraid Mercy will ruin everything. All the British aristocrats are mesmerized by the beautiful, vivacious American, including the Duke who is to marry Hart’s sister.
The book is slow going until a little ways past the middle. Hart is a damaged character and it becomes obvious that Mercy will be able to save him. Once their characters start interacting, the book moves along nicely and then gets pretty hot by the end. There was a lot of wooden characters to get through to reach that point and I’m not sure it was worth it.
1/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
A DANGEROUS MAN by Connie Brockway. Berkley (October 1, 2013). ISBN 978-0425253953. 384p.