"Stuart\'s Best Historical Romance"
Anne Stuart is one of my favourite authors, I admit that
but for a very good reason. She is simply one of the best
writers around in either contemporary or historical
romances. In TO LOVE A DARK LORD, as usual, she delivers
this time one of her best historicals ever!
She is the queen of creating bad boys with black hearts and
souls. This time the scoundrel is James Killoran, who has a
heart and soul so black he himself knows there is only one
reason to live and that is revenge. He once loved a
redheaded woman only to have her destroyed. James could not
save the woman he loved so his only reason for living is
vengeance, but he is no where closer to achieving that aim.
The road to revenge can be a bloody dull, long and boring
reason to live since he cannot find the right weapon to
extract it, so he uses people to relieve the tedium of his
ennui. Mostly he's just drunk and in a fowl mood with his
The book opens with Emma Lagolet escaping a ravishing.
Between her graceless attempts at saving herself, and the
drunken James tarnished knight in shining armour rescue,
Emma escapes. He deposits her where she can find a
possession as help, only to discover she must again fight
off the advances of her employer's amorous son. James at
first thinks it a hallucination as Emma flops over his
wooden fence. But the Irish Lord, again, goes to great
pains to save Emma just for the entertainment. Then James
is struck that Emma is the perfect instrument to complete
his long awaited vengeance. Emma who now loves James will
go to any length to win James' love. James, too, is falling
for Emma, but he will let nothing stand in his way from his
It is so funny, with strong characters, proving once again,
Stuart is the tops in her field. One of the Best! Why this
is not in reprint is ONE BIG MYSTERY! It just does not get
any better than this.
Posted September 27, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 8, 2007
A decadent, world-weary Irish aristocrat takes the blame for a young woman's murder of her uncle, knowing that his status will exempt him from criminal charges and claiming not to care one way or another about the woman. So why does he keep rescuing her from one dire situation after another? Original.