Sunday, November 1, 2015

New Review: Laurie McBain's MOONSTRUCK MADNESS - 1st in the Dominick Trilogy

November is Romance Trilogies month on my blog. It takes talent to write a great historical romance novel, but it takes even more to write three in a row and make them all worthy reads. Of course, I recognize this omits some wonderful single titles and some great multibook series, but I started focusing on trilogies some time ago and find it helps readers find the ones to read in a group.

I'm starting with a truly great trilogy, Laurie McBain’s Dominick trilogy: Moonstruck Madness, Chance the Winds of Fortune and Dark Before The Rising Sun. Today I review the first but I’ll show you the covers for the others.

Laurie McBain’s MOONSTRUCK MADNESS – A Classic Keeper with a Scottish Heroine Masquerading as a Highwayman and a Scarred English Duke!
Set in 1746 in Scotland (prologue), and 1751 in England, this is the story of Sabrina Verrick, the Scottish noblewoman, who along with her sister and brother survive after their grandfather, Laird of the MacElden clan, is brutally slain by the English at Culloden Moor. They escape to England where they live in the country at the rundown estate of their father, an English marquis who abandoned them as children. To feed her family, Sabrina becomes the highwayman “Bonnie Charlie,” robbing the rich to feed the poor, including her family.

One man she robs, Lucien, Duke of Camareigh, a gambler and a rogue, is no English fop as are most of Sabrina’s victims. A self-made man, he decides to trap the wily bandit and have his revenge. Once he captures “Charlie,” the duke realizes the highwayman who has been plaguing him and his friends is a beautiful young woman. When she won’t reveal who she is, he decides to try seduction.

Superbly written, you’ll find this one hard to put down. I love the logic of McBain’s intricate plot…no improbable moments here. No contrived black moments. Just great storytelling and suspenseful action. The dialog is clever and the characters wonderfully developed. Sabrina is courageous, good hearted and rebellious to the end and Camareigh is a tough alpha male, just the kind we like to see fall to love’s power.

McBain paints vivid pictures of Culloden (to start with) and then the English countryside thereafter, putting you right in the scene. It is so well done. Reading this just reminded me that a 5-star classic never goes out of style. 

Buy on Amazon
And the other two...

Chance the Winds of Fortune
New Cover
New Cover
Dark Before the Rising Sun

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