I like to say I live in a fantasy world of endless green forests, cascading silvery rivers that run between shining, snow-capped mountains, and within reach of both a high desert scabland and a sandy-beached, marine blue ocean. It's called Washington State. I share this wonderland with two to three generations of adult males (more or less, depending on time and circumstances), the requisite two writer's cats of mixed heritage and contradicting dispositions, and all sorts of other mossy-backed folk who don't mind the rain that makes our land so magical. I love to fill my historical and fantasy romance with this same feeling of magic.
I'm a three time winner of the Golden Heart and have won many other awards for my books. I have been involved in e-publishing almost from the industry's beginning. Besides writing, my other favorite addiction is designing covers for ebooks.
Now, it's true, my life doesn't always seem all that rich in fantasy and beauty. But every word of it is true. I might have dressed it up a bit for the introductions, but since that's the way I like it, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Thanks again to all of you who have taken the time to read, review and appreciate my books, both publicly and in personal notes. I love hearing from fans, so if you're of a mind to drop me a line, please don't hesitate.
One of the best things about this job is that occasionally you discover a new author that really makes you sit up and take notice. Ms. Jacobs is that kind of author. She takes characters that on first glance have no redeeming characteristics at all and molds them into individuals with true nobility. The prime example of this is Savoury, who when we first meet him, is the stereotypical rake with empty pockets living on his charm and the privilege of his title. Through the course of the story, we are given glimpses into other aspects of his character that show him as much more then just a handsome face. By the end of the book, I was completely in love with him. The same is true of the heroine Davina. Having endured a great deal of personal struggle because of her marriage, she is an expert at keeping people away. As the story progresses, she warms up, opens up, and we are shown the true beauty behind the society paragon.
The entire story was very well written, with an excellent use of imagery. The love scenes are not as prolific in this book as with other authors, but that was not really an issue, since the romantic tension between Savoury and Davina was so expertly written. The only issue I had with this book is that the villain was very shadowy till the last half of the book, which didn't really help the reader to experience the degree of dread that Davina obviously felt. However, the problem didn't really influence how much I enjoyed the book, and I will definitely be looking for more titles from Ms. Jacobs.
Will Davina give in to her feelings? Will Savoury be able to convince her that they are meant to be together regardless of the consequences? Will the mystery threatening their happiness be resolved? Well go get the book and find out!
The main character is cast away by her husband and wrongly accused of adultery, which at that time meant a complete and total ruin for the woman. Regardless of her being accused falsely or not, a woman during Regency could not even go to court to speak for herself. The husband on the other hand, has all the rights to divorce his wife and probably (have to check my books on that) keep her dowry. And if he gets accused of adultery, all he would get is a slap on the hands. But enough of the history lesson, lets just say women in England during this time did not even dream about gender equality becoming possible.
So Davina gets accused of adultery, but her desire to get away from her abusive husband is so strong that she happily accepts near starvation and the social stigma just to be free from him. Enter Viscount Savoury, who apparently had a thing for Davina before she got married but because this is a romance novel, there was a misunderstanding between them and they end up "hating" each other. One thing I love about Delle's books is that her characters always work out their misunderstandings, and not at the end of the book either. Lady Wicked is not an exception. Davina and Thomas figure out that hey, maybe they were wrong about each other and set out to figure out what to do about Davina's crazy husband.
The story flows amazingly, and the romance is very believable. I also love the secondary characters, good and "bad" (reformed) ones because they add to the general greatness of the story. Here Delle Jacobs also touches on another kind of discrimination, the one towards people with mental disabilities. My heart went out to Jimmy and his struggle to find work and just fit in the same way my heart went out to Davina and her struggle to survive under the stigma of adulteress.Read more ›
As is always the case in Delle Jacob's books, the love story is very well told. The hero and heroine are well drawn and enjoyable, and their romance is something more than a throbbing desire to rip each other's clothes off. The book holds up on their relationship alone. The secondary characters are better sketched than is usually the case for a romance of this type, though not as well as in Jacob's other novels. There were several relationships between these characters that deserved more than the passing mention they were given, which would have allowed this book some real depth. In the end, unfortunately, the plot twists and turns launched into unbelievability once the villain hit the scene. The author just kept piling on drama and it quickly became too much. The result was a let-down for an ending after a muddled climax with ridiculous plot points that went totally against the reality of the times. Still, characters worth reading and a love story that manages to be more than sex is hard to come by these days. Perhaps worth the read for the characters, if you can get a good hold on your suspension of disbelief.
Delle Jacobs outdid herself with well-developed, three-dimensional characters in Regency romance Lady Wicked. These story people have been profoundly altered by external events and have to cope with the shattering results. I particularly enjoyed the use of developmentally disabled secondary characters. Every scene rang so true to me, and one moment nearly brought me to tears. I also loved reading about a heroine who fought to make her own way in the world despite the odds and society being against her. Davina is unsinkable! The love of herbs (and old houses) is palpable here. Bravo!