As a reader I am constantly looking to be charmed by the characters of any of the novels that I read. I want to feel like I am a part of the story rather than someone who is only reading the material. I was overly concerned with how the author chose to narrate the story rather than to bring the reader into the story by making the connection between the characters and the plot. I felt like I was reading a step by step script that had been mapped out from start to finish and in some ways the novel seemed more like an actual play. There were some description in the book that I liked and I think that the author could have greatly improved the novel had she chosen to use such descriptive dialogue throughout most of the writing.
What I did like about the book was how the heroine really stood out and became the main character. The hero seemed more secondary and most of the time I didn’t like either of the two. This made this title more refreshing. Currently I am tending to favor more bold heroines. The more stories that I read in this style the more I’m liking them. The chemistry was also strong and ever so present, so the romance was believable from the start.
I would have liked to have seen more information on the background of the characters, mostly the hero. I did get some idea of his past, but I would have really liked to have known more because he tends to be such an interesting character.
This book isn't one of my favorites by any means, but it did have the foundation to be a worthy, historical novel that might appeal to readers of the era.
I didn't enjoy this title as much as I had hoped that I would. The blurb for this novel is what drew me into reviewing it. But I feel a little disappointed by the actual turnout. My biggest flaw was the writing style chosen by the author. It just wasn’t a style that I felt comfortable with. It is by no means horrible but it isn't a style for me as a reader.
Honesty can be the deadliest policy of all.
Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London’s most prosperous women, but she’s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success. Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter.
When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent-free. After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.
Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wanted to be left alone in his dye-making shop—until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London’s underworld for the missing bauble.
He’s shocked to discover she’s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance. Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust—and love—again.
Originally published Dorchester 2011.
Warning: Contains toasty warm pastries, scorching hot chemistry, and a web of treason that just might see England in flames.