PUBLISHING INFO: Zebra, 12/2013
ORIGNIAL PUB: Warner, 5/2000
FORMAT: Paperback, E-book
GENRE: Historical Romance
SETTING: England, 1809
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: B
From Publisher: After her husband dies, Lady Sophy Marlowe vows she will never wed again, except for love. So when she is suspected of murder, and Viscount Ives Harrington saves her from the gallows, she is none too pleased to have to marry him in exchange for his calculated kindness. But the union of these two passionate people is destined to become much more than a marriage of convenience.
MY THOUGHTS: This was more of a historical mystery than romance. Both hero and heroine were uninteresting to me. I wasn’t too interested in their relationship, to be honest. I didn’t care for how they came to be married either.
I really enjoyed the mystery of finding out who the Fox was and it was no surprise that it wasn’t revealed until near the end. Surprisingly it wasn’t who you’d think. I was annoyed that Sophy, out of nowhere, thought she’d figured out who the owner of the cravat pin was, the pin that belonged to the Fox, who’s also a serial killer. We didn’t get to see into her mind to understand how she came to that conclusion, she just blurted the name out to Ives.
I tend to like evil characters so I really liked her uncle Edward and Agnes but didn’t see the point of Anne, Agnes’ ward, being in the story at all. Bringing Anne into the story was how we were introduced to Agnes but I think there could have been a better way of writing her into the story. Sophy’s siblings didn’t play much of a role in the story either so I could have done without them too.
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.