Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Wherlocke Series Book 4
Publisher: Zebra – (June, 2011)
Rating: A; Nearly Perfect; A Keeper!
Heat Level: 4; Very hot
If He’s Dangerous by Hannah Howell
If He’s Dangerous by Hannah Howell is a delightful and satisfying historical romance with plenty of paranormal spice. Wickedly entertaining and fiercely romantic, this is certainly a novel worth reading.
Lady Lorelei Sundun, daughter of the Duke of Sundunmoor, is certain she has lost her sanity. Because she is quiet sure it is impossible for a man, a very handsome man, to be standing naked in her family’s rose garden. Yet there he is, asking for her help. Lorelei soon discovers he is Sir Argus Wherlocke and he is being held captive and tortured nearby and needs her to send word to his family. Then he vanishes into thin air, leaving Lorelei in disbelief. Putting her reservations aside, Lorelei decides if what she has seen is true, Argus does not have much time left, so she races off to find and rescue the poor man before it’s too late.
Of course, she is successful, but Argus’ captor is none too pleased to find out his prisoner with extremely valuable and unique abilities is gone. While Argus returns with Lorelei to her home to rest and heal, they realize it will only be a matter of time before this evil man tracks them down. Argus knows he must leave her in order to ensure her safety, but that is easier said then done. Mostly because they have a mutual attraction that seems to overwhelm them when they are alone together. She is the Duke’s daughter and Argus is certain he never wants to marry, so he truly is the last man she should ever be with yet she’s the one woman he cannot seem to live without.
I’ll be bluntly honest and say Hannah Howell is a hit and miss author for me. Some books I love, some books I don’t love. Fortunately for me, If He’s Dangerous was a Howell book that I absolutely loved. I loved the plot, the characters, the setting, the dialogue, and everything else within the pages of this novel. This novel picks up very quickly and never lets go. It was a somewhat light, yet wildly fascinating tale.
Lorelei was not the typical daughter of a duke. But that’s easy to understand when you meet her family, for her father and siblings are very eccentric. She was a very strong heroine and never accepted defeat which really made her the perfect match for her hero. When she was certain Argus was the man for her, she was not going to give up and asserted her position quiet firmly. She knew they belonged together and she was certain she could make him see that truth as well. I loved her vitality, spunk and that simple nature of being overwhelmingly hopeful. She was truly a breath of fresh air.
Argus was frustrating at times, but really he had to be in order to develop any drama between these two lead characters. He had strong opinions against marriage, but didn’t let that deter his seduction of the outspoken lady. He was an interesting character to see unfold. Mainly because he spent most of the book completely baffled by his feelings toward Lorelei and trying desperately to ignore them. In the end, all the frustrating moments were worth it, because he certainly redeemed himself and became the man she needed.
If He’s Dangerous is book four in the Wherlocke series and I would say it is easily a stand alone novel. Yet after reading this, I’m certainly going to make a point to add the previous installments of the series to my wish list! After being introduced to the other characters from the Wherlocke family, I know this is a series worth following! Howell blends an intriguing mix of historical and paranormal romance that you just will not want to end. The twists and turns were enjoyable, but it was the classic blend of this romantic time period with paranormal intrigue that made it so enchanting. If He’s Dangerous has it all with dazzling characters, passionate romance and a captivating story line. This is a book I highly recommend!