"Romantic Novel that echoes with an adult theme of "Oliver Twist."

If you enjoy a novel more than reading romantic interludes, you will enjoy this tale that echoes with an adult theme of ?Oliver Twist.?

We start out with the hero in his private coach in the Five Points slum district of 1880's NYC being held up by the heroine. Two years later the circumstances are different when they meet again.

Mystere, now a woman grown, was an orphan taken from the slums of NYC and educated to fit into society by greedy and abusive Paul Rillieux. Presenting Mystere as his debutante niece to New York?s Gilded Age society and the societal matriarch, Caroline Astor, Paul is masquerading as one of society's own.

Railroad magnate Rafe Belloch has vowed retaliation against the society that drove his parents to an early grave. Only Rafe connects his former theft and the mysterious jewel thief known only as Lady Moonlight with Mystere. Mystere seems enterprising and tough and just additional spice added to his revenge plans. He wants retaliation for the humiliation two years before.

Even though there are romance scenes, I did not feel there was much to redeem Rafe and until the end his attitude toward Mystere was only ?to use her.? He is a ?tortured hero? who must come to terms with his past and until he does, there is no room to admit any softer feelings. I liked Mystere as she tried to cope with what life dealt her and with those around her. As Paul?s criminal scheme begins to fall apart, she is faced with some impossible choices.

There were many historical characters [almost to the point of name dropping] and event references weaved into the story to set the scene. 1880?s New York society is an era of social changes and is well depicted. Mrs. McKinney?s writing style was easy to read and involve yourself in the story. The final chapters pave the way for the sequel that will hopefully conclude the search for her long-lost brother and answer questions of Mystere?s heritage.

Cy Korte Copyright 2002
for & ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted February 4, 2002


Moonlight Becomes Her
by Meagan McKinney

Kensington Publishing
November 1, 2001
ISBN #1575667878
320 pages
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