Encounters With a Rogue (Half Moon House ) by Deb Marlowe

This book features two novellas from the Half Moon House series, An Unexpected Encounter and A Waltz in the Park.

Miss Lisbeth Moreton’s stepfather intends to trade her for a prized heifer. When an old friend offers aid, she goes to meet him at the London museum. Unfortunately, her friend proves unreliable and a chance encounter with a lonely child leads to her salvation.

Edmund Banke, Lord Cotwell, is desperate to help his orphaned ward. Agreeing to allow Lisbeth to act as her governess leads him out of his self-imposed exile.

I really enjoyed this book; three lost souls found each other and formed a family. The characters were well rounded, and the story was nicely paced.

In A Waltz in the Park, we follow James Vickers, the man who let Lisbeth down. He is hell bent on causing a scandal for his father and he needs Lady Rosalind to help him. Unfortunately, she has no interest.  Miss Adelaide Stockton, is grieving the loss of her mother and her father has abandoned her to his cousin. Enamoured with James she helps him get close to her cousin in exchange for his help meeting the woman who once helped her parents.

While I preferred the first story, it was nice to follow James as he redeems himself for his past misdeeds.

Novellas often feel incomplete and rushed. In these two novellas the author finds a nice balance. The plot is well paced, and I was satisfied with story told. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a light clean romance.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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