Title: That Scoundrel Emile Dubois
Author: Lucinda Elliot
Genre: Gothic Romance
Length: 385 pages
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When Sophie de Courcy, the often foolishly romantic and bored but patient companion to the Dowager Countess of Ruthin, marries her long-time hero, the dashing but rascally French émigré Émile Dubois, she has more excitement than she ever wanted as she is catapulted into Gothic adventure with man vampires and time warps.
With the help of her dauntless maid Agnes – who combines Tarot reading with a no-nonsense attitude - and whose own love interest is Émile’s swaggering valet and former accomplice, Georges – Sophie must come to terms with Émile’s criminal past and help free him from the machinations of their evil neighbours the Kenrick’s.
Set during the French Revolution in North Wales and in war torn France, this story is full of lively humour and combines believable characters and over-the-top Gothic adventure as a pair of down to earth eighteenth century villains become incongruously caught up in occult happenings. This darkly funny, sometimes sad and often romantic tale will captivate readers who enjoy a well written spoof of the Gothic tradition.
Pride and Prejudice meets Dracula in this lighthearted gothic romance.
I am not normally a gothic romance reader, but something intrigued me about this couple that kept me reading. Maybe it was the heroine’s plight to make a good marriage despite her status as companion, or it could have been the hero’s sketchy double identity. Either way, Sophie and Emile had me cheering them on from the very beginning until the very end.
If you love a quirky romance with a bit of Regency and paranormal you would enjoy this read.