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To Save the Devil

Berkley Sensation: Penguin Group (USA). (Sons of Sin). Oct. 2010. 284p. ISBN 9780425237489. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL
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Saving the virtue of a beautiful woman known as Helen of Troy was difficult enough, but when ex-Bow Street Runner Will Jones buys her at an exclusive brothel auction and then spirits her away, he soon learns that keeping her safe is even harder. They are both after the same greedy blackmailer, and gently raised Helen is determined to retrieve some incriminating letters, whatever the danger. With elegant writing, impeccable historical detail, and subtle wit, Moore's adventurous tale sweeps a pair of unlikely but perfectly matched protagonists from the treacherous London stews to the rarefied heights of the ton and draws a vivid, sensual picture of 1820s London and the darker world that lurks just below its glittering surface.
VERDICT Second in Moore's dashing trilogy featuring the three "Sons of Sin" of a noted London courtesan, this installment brilliantly delivers a complete, satisfying romance while skillfully tantalizing readers with hints of what's to come (To Seduce an Angel, fall 2011). Moore (To Tempt a Saint) lives in Mill Valley, CA.

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