Monday, September 30, 2013

A Night of Secrets by Lori Brighton

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Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance
Release Date: Feb 2011
Provided By: Myself
Series: Night
Grayson Bellamont has spent years on the Continent, fighting a war he cares nothing for. It is only while in the chaos of battle that he can hide what he truly is, a vampire. Returning to England, he finds his sister murdered and his seven-year-old niece missing. All over the country vampires are mysteriously dying. Grayson sets out to uncover the truth and locate his niece before it's too late. All leads point to Meg James, a vicar's daughter. Instinct tells him Meg is innocent, but the clues he uncovers warn she's guilty. One thing is clear, Meg awakens a warmth inside of him he thought long dead and Grayson is torn between a sense of duty and his desires.

Vowing to honor a promise, Meg concocts a lie to keep a stranger's child safe. She had no idea that protecting the child would mean putting her own life in danger. When Grayson arrives asking questions, Meg's unease flares. Who is this mysterious man who seems to appear and disappear as quickly as a spirit? A man with strength like no other? As he pushes ever closer, taking over her senses with his touch, his kiss and his unexpected honor, she realizes she has even more to lose. Meg is falling in love with Grayson, but will he believe her when the truth will condemn the one person he trusts the most?
- My Review -
When a woman mysteriously dies in front of Meg James one night in London, she vows to keep that women's daughter safe. As country vicar's daughter, Meg must cover up this girls identity and origins. Several years pass, and she has kept the secret for years, hiding the girl. But when dead bodies begin to show up, conveniently as Grayson Bellamount appears in town, Meg begins to fear her secret maybe let out. A Night of Secrets by Lori Brighton is a historical romance that will take readers through the mystery of "who done it", while also making you root for Meg all the way through.

All Grayson Bellamount wanted to was find his niece who had disappeared after his sister's and parents deaths, not be mixed up with a murder investigation. But when he bought the mansion next to the quiet stream and the James' cottage, this mysterious man was apparently asking for trouble. And Meg James never imagined swimming with a dead body, but she has and it just happens to be her best friend's abusive husband, Lord Brockwell. Questions begin to be asked and Meg becomes the center of the investigation. With a drunken father, and three siblings (Mary Ellen, Sally, and Hanna) to provided for she must make her case for freedom, not be hung by the constable. However, the whole town seems to be against Meg and her family, and the only ally lies with the speedy man whose kisses set her on fire: Grayson. Attraction begins to bloom between the two despite the desperate circumstances, and Grayson must ask himself the tough question: is she the one?

A Night of Secrets by Lori Brighton will keep readers interested and wanting to see Meg to safety just as much as Grayson. Its one of those books you'll stay up late reading, because of the pace and also the urgency of the story. Overall, the story is well put together, and the overlying plot line of the murder investigation never overly covers up the secondary plot, Meg's secret. In the end we see everything come together, and Lori Brighton does a wonderful job. A Night of Secrets is followed by a short novella (#1.5) called A Night of Forever (Mary Ellen's Story) and book #2 in the Night series is soon to be released called A Night of Redemption.

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