Absolutely, wonderful! Not many debut writers would undertake this project: to choose a whore and invent a heroine. Amazingly, new author Diane Gaston not only tries but succeeds! And what a success! Gaston’s The Mysterious Miss M is charged with sensitivity, feeling, and love. And the reader gets to bask in the emotions.
Lord Devlin Steele is a younger son – the younger son of the Marquess of Heronvale. As a youth he is reckless, carefree, and unruly. When he is of age, he defends England against Napoleon’s evil. In the days leading up to Waterloo, in a seedy gaming house, he enjoys the charms of a beautiful soiled dove. Four years later their paths cross again, this time the fallen angel is Steele’s, in lieu of a gambling debt.
Madeline is the victim of circumstance and the evil of one man. She lives her youth servicing men, men who have earned her - earned her by gambling. Now she is free, thanks to the tenderness of one man - her fantasy man - a man who has lived in her heart for four long years.
Diane Gaston has written The Mysterious Miss M with a gentle hand. Her words flow effortlessly across the pages. The characters, the setting, the storyline mesmerized this reader. Besides the romantic detail that swirls throughout the pages, Ms. Gaston allows her characters to live without romantic conflict. Here the reader will find none of the usual bickering that is so prevalent in many romance stories. Instead, Gaston solves disagreements promptly and for that I am grateful.
During the last few years, I have read countless romance books. I have given the perfect 10 to only one book: Lisa Kleypas’ Where Dreams Begin. Today I give my second perfect score. Diane Gaston has written a masterpiece. It has every element needed in a true romance book - love, sensuality, and merit.
- Overall Rating: A+ (Phenomenal read)
- Overall Sensuality: Lovely
- Overall Sexuality: Warm.