HISTORICAL ROMANTIC SUSPSENSE
HEAT LEVEL 2
REVIEW RATING : 5STARS
A passion they never expected…a mystery that could cost them everything.
Richard and Rose, Book 1
Rose Golightly is a country girl who thinks her life will continue on its comfortable course, but a series of events changes that for good. On a visit to the ancestral estate of Hareton Abbey, Richard Kerre, Lord Strang, enters her life. A leader of society, a man known for extravagance in dress and life, Richard is her fate. And she is his. Richard is to marry a rich, frigid woman in a few weeks, and has deliberately closed his heart to love. Then a coach accident throws his wounded body into Rose’s arms. With one kiss, Richard and Rose discover in each other the passion they thought they’d never find. But the accident that brought them together was an act of sabotage. Somewhere, in the rotting hulk of a once beautiful stately home, a murderer is hiding. Richard and Rose set out to solve the mystery, and find the layers of scandal go deeper than simply determining who is guilty. And that doing the right thing could separate them—forever. This book has been revised from a previously published edition.
REVIEW BY EMERY LEE
When Rose Golightly and her family are invited to a “house party” at the ancestral estate of a distant cousin, the Earl of Hareton, they are shocked to find the place in shambles and their cousin under the control of religious fanatics. Arriving almost simultaneously with the Goforths are the Kerre brothers, identical twins Richard (Lord Strang) and his brother Gervase, as well as Richard’s fiancee, Julia. They have also come at Hareton’s behest for the purpose of arranging a marriage between Hareton’s younger brother and the Kerre’s younger sister.
Almost from the moment of their respective arrivals, the tale takes a gothic turn with Rose and Richard falling madly in love amidst various mysterious events and unexplained accidents. But alas, Richard is already committed to another. To break with Julia would not only scandalized his name but probably cost him his fortune as well. They both know it and try to fight the attraction but fate plays a heavy hand.
There are a number of thing that I loved about this story. Firstly is Ms. Connolly’s impeccable period details and even how she first introduces Lord Strang in all of his painted and patched splendor (this is the Georgian age after all!) She shows him as a man of his era without portraying him in the least as effeminate. And as any woman of her time would be, Rose is immediately awestruck by his magnificence.
From the first coach alighted a figure that made my mouth drop open in disbelief. A vision of male gorgeousness, a sumptuous feast of a man, Lizzie gasped but I didn’t turn to look at her. I kept my gaze fixed on the mirage before us.
I will also add that Ms. Connolly is one of only a few authors I have yet found who manages to engage me with first person narrative. I would not have imagined it working so well in a romance as compared to biographical fiction, but it did work in this case – superbly. The sexual tension between Richard and Rose and the scenes of growing intimacy as they attempt to solve a mystery are very well done – neither gratuitous nor overly graphic. Although I would have liked a bit more direct interaction between Richard and Rose at their first meeting in order to make the “love at first sight” a bit more believable, in the end it truly wasn’t all that hard to swallow.
While I won’t go into details of the plot in this brief review, it is a nice balance of romance and intrigue with wonderfully human characters. I found I could immediately relate to Rose as the story unfolded through her eyes, especially as she discovers a love and passion she never could have foreseen with Lord Strang. As a self-professed Georgian Junkie I really loved this book and plan to read the rest of the series in the very near future. Highly recommended.
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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Whether historical fiction or historical romance, self-professed Georgian junkie Emery Lee loves nothing more than crafting emotionally compelling stories that bring the past vividly to life. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, RWA , Georgia Romance Writers, and the group moderator for Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers. http://authoremerylee.com . She also writes hot historical romance as VICTORIA VANE http://authorvictoriavane.com
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