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- Print Length: 366 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B088BCJ2B2
- Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, inc.; 1 edition (April 8, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 8, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B086H39LDY
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The question now is WHO WAS IT!!!
Given how the Hero stormed around ballrooms and bar rooms without involving his common sense, I felt he was forgiven far too easily to be believable. He almost had the heroine’s brother hanged. I would have liked to have seen him discover his sister’s diary or something - anything - that would have had him start to employ his brain and suggest blossoming doubts about his initial beliefs, so that he could have participated in redeeming himself.
The heroine continued throughout the story to withhold information when she already should have learned that doing so could create big problems. She withheld the reason Sophie met with the person who killed her — that she was being blackmailed for her sexual indiscretion. Without that information, Sophie ending up voluntarily on the East End above a dirty tavern made no sense. I guess since no one in this story used their common sense to any degree, it was at least consistent.
Additionally, Constance’s meeting the heroine’s brother was contrived by the murderer in exchange for money, and that is withheld, too? The Earl seems to be manipulated to the very end...by absolutely everyone and the kitchen sink. I expected to see more growth, but the Earl proved to be pretty simple-minded, so, oh well. What he doesn’t know can’t hurt him, right? Sigh.
The development of the heroine’s character is further undermined because after she withholds who the true owner of the handkerchief is, she and her brother basically shrug their shoulders and go along as usual. Come on. Realistically, one or both of them should have been working furiously behind the scenes to discover why that item turned up on a dead girl the Earl didn’t even know. And shouldn’t a novelist have a keen and inquisitive mind? What a wasted opportunity to let the readers like or at least admire this heroine.
The heroine had one potential shining moment where she could have turned a corner, but she reverts right back to a weak-willed creature easily manipulated. She discovers the villain is the villain, but she doesn’t take that information to anyone else, and then she allows herself to believe the barrister and the constable ask the villain to transport her to the East End. What?! At that point, I shrugged MY shoulders and floated along to enjoy the HEA as I could. The bottom line is that this interesting story deserved better characters and tighter plot lines.
Lady Adelia was written beautifully. Baily gave her all the traits necessary to be believable. At first, all she could do was nod or shake her head at Burnley. After a while she could give him one-word answers. Reading her was a thing of beauty. Owen was a good character but he was like so many characters in romance books. He did love Adelia, however, and would never let anything hurt her. He was broken over the way events had played out. He had two women to love: his dead sister and Adelia. The mystery was a good one. It involved intrigue, lies, blackmail, and more. Adelia's and Owen's relationship went beyond propriety, but what were discreet servants for? This was an engaging read. I can wait to read those earlier in the series. I recommend it and them, to you.
I received a free ARC of Lord Wrath from Dragonblade in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own.