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by Donna MacMeans

Another fabulously funny and sexy romp from the author of The Education of Mrs. BrimleyIn the midst of a moonlit safecracking mission, British spy James Locke witnesses a ruby necklace spirited away as if by conjurerÂ's trick. Following the jewels leads him to Lusinda Havershaw, whoÂ's inherited the talent of turning invisible in the moonlightÂat least, the parts of her that are unclothed. Locke trains Lusinda in espionage, even while he finds her close proximity bewitchingly distracting. And as their mission to track Russian spies grows treacherous, theyÂ'll find that the heart behaves even more mysteriously than Lusinda in the moonlight
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ISBN: 0425221989
ISBN13: 978-0425221983
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Donna MacMeans
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley (June 3, 2008)
ePUB size: 1561 kb
FB2 size: 1531 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 596
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What would you do if you disappeared in the moonlight? Why steal things of course. The only trouble is that your clothes do not. So, when the moon disappears behind the clouds, you bare all to the world. Lusinda manages to support her family, until she recovers something and is discovered. I loved this book.

Excellent science fiction book. I enjoy stories of invisibility, and this book fit the bill!
would continue to read her books
Love love love this book! I have read it like 10 times. Wish she could have made a few more!
BWAH HA HA!!! I'm still laughing at this novel even though its humor is unintentional. If English was your worst subject in school, you might like this book. If it was your best subject, you might enjoy it even more--for a while. Is the recession so bad that the publishing houses of America have laid off all the proofreaders?

The principal plot device is quite imaginative--our heroine, Lusinda, has the ability to become invisible after exposure to moonlight. Of course, she has to be naked since her clothes remain visible. Her ability has certain limitations, and they are exploited reasonably well, with Lusinda in danger of being caught more than once when time runs out and she begins to reappear at an inopportune time. Lusinda is descended from a line of people who originated in Russia and have long guarded the secret of their talent. They are called, with cleverness and charm, the Nevidimi. This is an idea worthy of J. K. Rowling, and I found the premise quite intriguing when I first picked up The Trouble with Moonlight.

But the novel suffers from a number of shortcomings. It begins promisingly when Lusinda, discovered by chance "recovering" stolen jewels for a client, is trapped by James Locke, a spy who wants to use her gift in the service of the Crown to recover a stolen document. From this point the plot lurches along, stumbling over too many scenes that do nothing to advance the plot. It seems that every page has at least one stock sentence that describes the reactions of James's loins, groin or some other naughty part to Lusinda's provocative presence. I was tired of it by the third time, and there are many more repetitions of it before the couple finally gets down to business--except they don't, even after Lusinda "accidentally" impales herself on James! The long deferred culmination of their tedious attraction (until page 195) is forced and unspontaneous, a routinely written exercise devoid of romance.

It's disappointing, because clearly this author has the stuff to do a much better job. A huge problem seems to be slapdash proofing and editing. It seemed that there were two authors--one who could write clear scenes with cracking good action, another who was not a native English speaker. Grammatically, it's as if the book were written by Mrs. Malaprop and edited by Norm Crosby. (In case you're too young to know, Crosby is a comedian known for using fractured English). There are so many errors that I started giggling. I quickly forgot about the plot. Who can keep their mind on the book after reading, "It's a long and evolved story;" or "Your interruption detracted me from my mission;" or "I haven't extinguished the realm of possibilities?" Other sins of syntax and even spelling abound as well: "However, contemplating that possibility soon dimmed in the light of family reality." "The soft knock at the door tossed her into giddy exhultation [sic]." "Her chest cringed." So did I. This is Bad Stuff. It doesn't take an intellectual snob to be appalled by this writing. Even this humble secretary couldn't finish the book. Maybe an evening with Georgette Heyer will fix me up.
While cracking a safe belonging to Lord Pembroke in a search for a list of British operatives, James Locke can hardly believe his eyes. He hears the footsteps of someone entering the study, but he sees no one. Then he sees the drawers of the safe opening and closing as if by magic. Logic tells him there must be a reasonable explanation, but he's baffled. When a ruby necklace floats out the door seemingly carried by nothing but air, he takes pursuit.

Lusinda Havershaw arrives home with the unsettling knowledge that she was seen taking the necklace. Little does she know that man followed her and is determined to discover her secret. Locke sets a trap and forces Lusinda to explain her extraordinary ability: she becomes invisible in moonlight. He proposes that she become a spy, but she's reluctant. Finally, she agrees because she's tired of running any time she faces the threat of being discovered. The notion of being protected by the Crown instead of being persecuted for her strange ability is new to Lusinda, but not unappealing. This may be her chance to provide a somewhat stable life for her younger sisters.

Meanwhile, Locke is trying to remember that it's a bad idea to develop any real feelings for Lusinda. No attachments. That's the code for spies like him. But this beautiful and compelling young woman poses a very serious challenge to his resolve.

Take the lively, engaging writing style of Donna MacMeans and combine it with a fresh paranormal twist in a popular historical setting and you've got a surefire winner. The characters in The Trouble With Moonlight are brought to life by this immensely talented author, and readers will feel Locke and Sinda's first kiss right down to their toes. With enough twists and turns to keep readers turning pages late into the night, The Trouble With Moonlight will undoubtedly find its way into hearts and keeper shelves. Definitely recommended.

Reviewer, TwoLips Reviews, LLC
Lusinda Havershaw has a unique ability. As a Nevidimi, she turns invisible in the moonlight. The fuller the moon, the longer she stays in that state. Lusinda uses her abilities as a recovery agent, taking back things that people have lost and want returned. It is while she is retrieving a ruby necklace that she comes into contact with James Locke, an agent for Her Majesty's government.

James is working to retrieve a list of British agents before it can fall into the hands of the Russians. When he sees a ruby necklace floating through the room on it's own he's flabbergasted. He follows the necklace, which leads him to Lusinda's house.

Once Locke figures out Lusinda's identity, and her secret, he trains her in espionage, deciding she's the best weapon a spy can have. What he doesn't expect, though, is to lose his heart to this sometimes invisible woman.

The Trouble with Moonlight is a delightful Victorian romance that follows two people who are each held captive by something, Lusinda by her unique power, and Locke by his past. Watching the two of them learn about each other, and recognize their love, was a sweet venture.

Lusinda's interactions with her aunt and two younger sisters added depth to the novel. Lovers of historical romance, who like a little danger mixed in, will enjoy The Trouble With Moonlight.

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