I love to read and I love to read Romance. Any kind of romance. Although, I always come back to Historical Romance. I'll also read Urban Fantasy, Historical Mysteries and Historical Fiction.
First I have to give major props for the author for taking a character like George and making him the hero of his own book. In the last book, he had a bit part and he was pretty much a drunk lout. So the author going against grain and taking a character that it usually just the side kick to the hero. Also props for not giving him a personality change to make the book fit better. He is still pretty much the same lout. And he stays that way almost all the way through.He is broke, knocks up his mistress and gets blackmailed by her brother. And that is just the beginning of the story. He comes across like a big child, immature in many parts. So the heroine, many flaws herself. A fallen woman that is attracted to the hero. And that is where some of my issues with the book arrive. Its not that she was attracted to him, its that both seemed to just have a lust for each other and I never really got a sense of any deep feelings they developed for each other. Maybe that was the point of the book, two people with baggage making the best out of being together. But it wasn't enough for me. In order to look beyond the lacking characters of both of them, I have to get some sense of them together. Not just in bed, but in heart. And don't get me wrong, the sensuality was very well done here. And as a shallow note since the cover is so very delectable, it gets almost played out in the novelat location 2672 on the kindle. :)There is also a mystery part here that also is well done. Not glossed over the consequences of how a fallen woman in those days would have been treated by others, neighbors. So like the first book by this author, I very much enjoyed her writing. I enjoyed her debut novel quite a bit. I just didn't totally enjoy certain aspects of this story and characters. I will be reading more though from this author as I am always looking for historical romance writers that can make me think. ******************Thanks to Netgalley, Random House and Ashlyn Macnamara for providing the eArc