Though the slave trade has been outlawed in England for
a decade, but by 1817 the odious business remains
thriving. Draco Melling wants to end this nastiness by
uncovering the identity of the ringleader. He also
believes that same felon is the mastermind behind the
stealing of ships and cargo. Finally his prime suspect is
his enemy Redmond Sinclair.
At the same time Draco's mother desires a grandchild
and selects Ariel Sinclair as her daughter-in-law. Ariel's
sister Juliet supports the concept as she believes that
only a strong male can keep her sibling and hopefully her
brother safe from their father's killer, cousin Redmond.
Though not seeking a bride, Draco falls in love but with
the wrong sister as he desires Juliet. She returns his
deepest feelings, but will sacrifice her own happiness for
Ariel even as Draco soon finds his inquiries and the safety
of the Sinclair sisters converging.
THE PRETENDER is an action-packed Regency romance that
attains its acme when Draco is pursuing his case and
protecting the siblings rather than when he woos Juliet.
The couple is a delight yet their courtship slows down this
historical thriller. Still sub-genre will derive joy from
Barbara Miller's entertaining action packed tale and demand
a sequel or two from the author.