You would think that an English duke wouldn’t get in trouble after a mysterious woman kisses him and plants the family jewels (no pun intended), which she had just stolen, in his pocket. But unfortunately, Devorlane Hawley is the black sheep of the family, and his father assumes he is guilty and ships him off to the army.
Devorlane has never forgiven that thief. And he’s never forgotten that kiss.
On his return from the wars, whom does he see at his homecoming soiree but that very same thief? And how is he going to exact his revenge if all he wants to do is resume that kiss from ten years ago?
Loving Lady Lazuli is such a passionate novel. I really enjoyed how the fine line between anger and sexual tension played out between Devorlane, who is madly attracted to the woman who ruined his life and Cassidy, aka Sapphire, the famous but reluctant jewel thief, who simply wants to regain her family lands, which happen to be right next to Devorlane’s.
With such an exciting encounter at the very opening, I wondered where the plot was going to go without ending too abruptly. And Shehanne Moore did an excellent job sustaining the tension between the two characters. To Cassidy’s surprise, Devorlane helps her bury her former accomplice’s dead body, which seemed to serve as a great bonding experience for these two happy campers.
And sooner than I thought, they took things into the bedroom (and sometimes the library!), but only because it was part of Devorlane’s plan for revenge and Cassidy’s plan to prove her rights to her family’s estate.
Things get really interesting from there! When Cassidy becomes Devorlane’s mistress, they both think it’s purely business, but with both of them trying to control things in the bedroom, we get some amazingly nuanced love scenes that are by turns funny, steamy, and outrageous.
Those scenes make for the most amazing parts of the novel as the wars between Devorlane and Cassidy are waged in scorching hot sexual encounters.
I’m becoming a big fan of Ms. Moore’s work as I discover more and more of her unique scenes and roguish but loveable characters. The last Shehanne Moore novel I read, The Viking and the Courtesan won me over with its humour and sweeping adventure, whereas Loving Lady Lazuli seduced me with its sultry and sinful pleasures. I can’t wait to read Ms. Moore’s other novels!
Loving Lady Lazuli is part of a series that features other seductive jewel thieves. More on the Starkadder sisterhood at these links: