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Ok but not a steller representative of the genre,
This review is from: Deliciously Wicked (Ladies Amateur Sleuth Society) (Mass Market Paperback)
Meg Piddington is considered by some to be a spinster as she is not married and is not pursuing a husband, and she is in her late 20's. But, Meg really wants to take over her families Chocolate Factory, which is something that is just not done by a young woman in London during the late 1800's. But, Meg is content to learn the family business and work with her 3 friends sleuthing around, another thing not dome by young women, trying to solve local mysteries.
Gareth Mandeville is an intriguing Irish man who has recently started working for her father on the chocolate line. When Meg and Gareth are accidentally locked in the company store room after hours she can't seem to stop thinking about Gareth along the man/woman lines. But, Gareth is just looking to get out of the building, and is having a hard time concentrating because not only will Meg not stop talking but he is drawn to her as he has been to no other woman. This is concerning to Gareth who is trying to move up it the ranks of the factory and continues to hide his titled background. Gareth has the title but not monies or properties to go with it, and therefore wants to keep it and the scandal that his father brought to it hidden.
When Gareth is accused of stealing merchandise, the same night as they were locked in the storeroom, Meg is ready to reveal that she was there with him. But, he is concerned about her reputation and therefore will not reveal her having been there with him. He also doesn't see marriage in his future and that is the certain outcome that will result if their secret becomes known, even though it was neither persons fault. Meg and her fellow sleuths set out to figure out who the real thief is and to clear Gareth's name. Gareth on the other hand takes on the role of trying to keep Meg out of trouble. The largest trouble of all is that both are drawn to each other and not just as friends. The more time the send together the more they are kissing and letting their sexual feelings get out of hand. Will they figure out who the real thief is and why they are trying to frame Gareth before someone gets hurt?
I found this a quick read. I also found myself skimming this story. I love the premise but in the end the characters didn't seem to keep my interest as many others do. As a fan of this genre I would recommend it for another genre fan but not to someone who is just starting to read historical romances. There are other series such as Lisa Klypas's wallflower books or anything by Amanda Quick that were more gripping.