- File Size: 781 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Etopia Press (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HW9QTP2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Loving Lady Lazuli (London Jewel Thieves Book 1) Kindle Edition
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According to Romance Writers of America, romance books garnered $1.08 billion in sales in 2013 and accounted for 34% of the fiction market. With stats like that, I’m wondering why I didn't choose the romance genre but then I remembered — I have no talent for it. Ah, but Lady Shey does.Loving Lady Lazuli is the classic storyline of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets girl again, but told as a relentless, breathy romantic mystery.
It’s been decades since I read a bodice-ripper if you don’t count the Outlander series by Diana Gabladon which markets itself as romance, but is really a hybrid — the love child of Romance and Historical Fiction — and I may have never read another one if I didn’t chance upon Shehanne Moore’s blog and struck up a friendship with the Lady Shey. Now, announcing your desire to read a virtual friend’s book and write a review can be a tricky process even if they don’t live across the street from you because, well, the blogosphere has limits, too, writer’s tend to travel in the same circles, and you just don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Thank GOD that I just adored this book because all that worry is now a moot point. After reading a few chapters of Loving Lady Lazuli, I was hooked. Moore writes a self-described brand of romance that she calls “smexy”— a cross between smutty and sexy — a classic pot-boiler of a book with the trademark characteristics of historical fiction adding to its allure.
Loving Lady Lazuli is the story of Sapphire, the renowned London jewel thief who no one has ever seen. Sapphire’s greatest defense has been her invisibility. Her many costumes and identity changes have allowed her to remain elusive and because of that, the most successful jewel thief in England. But one evening Sapphire makes a terrible mistake. Her “mark”, the famous Wentworth emeralds, are in her grasp, but the escape route is not. Her partners have let her down and there is no way out except a long trek across an open field in winter, and in an evening gown, no less.
Complicating matters, there is a witness, the rich, young, handsome Devorlane Hawley who happens upon the bewitching Sapphire while driving by in his coach. The unsuspecting Hawley has no idea what’s happening when he offers Sapphire a ride. It all happened so quickly, that kiss, that hand where hands should not be when strangers are involved, the pawning off of the Wentworth emeralds into Hawley’s pocket without him even knowing, and her alighting from the coach before he could catch his breath and clear his addled brain. Months later, he’s been enlisted into the army, the rich man’s version of punishment for a theft, preferable to hanging from the end of a noose, but still a high price to pay for a crime he didn’t commit. She caught him all right, with a breathy kiss and a swift goodbye and he will use all his resources to exact revenge.
For ten years Devorlane harbored his enmity, for ten years, he replayed the events of that night, and for ten years he swore that one day he would find and catch Sapphire and make her pay for ruining his life. Ten years of feeding and nourishing that hatred which festered like the wound to his leg when, upon his return, he is met with a sight that makes his heart both soar and shatter — it’s her, Sapphire, sitting in his drawing room. Now who’s caught?
Want to find out? Then read Loving Lady Lazuli, a romantic page-turner of first order. You may want to ditch the tea and crumpets for something stronger!
Ten years ago, the sixteen year Sapphire, the most notorious jewel thief in England, escapes and leaves Lord Hawley holding the bag, so to speak. It ruined his life. Estranged from his family for these ten years, he has finally come home. Now he intends to take hold of what is rightfully his and will take great pleasure in kicking a few people to the curb in the process.
But, once he walks through the door, a young widow commands his attention. He is nearly positive she is Sapphire. Now she uses the name Cassidy and he can't prove she is the girl that he encountered ten years ago.
Cassidy has buried Sapphire and wants to prove she is not the the type of woman people believe she is. She is trying to locate some important papers that will prove her heritage. Lord Hawley's arrival throws her plans to the wind as she is now in danger of being found out and arrested. Lord Hawley has a proposition for Cass. She can become his mistress and he will help her with the papers and keep from turning her in as a jewel thief.
Cass was robbed of her title and inheritance. Lord Hawley was cast out of his family all because of Sapphire. He seeks revenge and she seeks legitimacy. It never crossed Hawley's mind that her claim might be real. It disturbs him greatly that he has such a feeling for her that he has never had for any woman before. He fights, and I mean he fights hard, to keep from admitting his feelings for her. He is mean to her, insults her, uses her, and demeans her at every opportunity.
He finds her responses to his treatment of her puzzling. She behaves as though she isn't the whore and thief he believes her to be. Could he have been wrong about her?
If you are looking for the traditional regency period historical romance, you won't find it here. This was one of the darkest historical romances I've read in good long while. Being a little dark and twisty myself, I like this change of pace. Both characters are flawed. Both need love and forgiveness and a new start in life and who better to start over with than each other?
There was even a touch of dark humor in here and this entire plot was "outside the box" making it an absorbing story.
Overall this one is a B+
The prodigal is thrown into an unexpected homecoming party/ Bored a young woman attracts him. Is she the girl who caused his disgrace a decade ago? Cassidy fears her secret is uncovered and leaves the party abruptly. With the threat of the noose for being a jewel thief hanging over her Cassidy (Sapphire) tries to find the documents that prove her claim to Barwych hall.
Their relationship is laced with misunderstanding, humour and poignancy. Both distrust, threaten and cheat each other. Devorlane demands she becomes his mistress for his silence and help. Cassidy (Sapphire) agrees until she discovers his life threatening secret and reclaims the advantage. The historical attraction between Devorlane and Cassidy (Sapphire) rekindles and ignites despite his hateful behaviour and her scheming. When their passion overwhelms secrets emerge which affect them profoundly and make them face their emotional involvement.
Memorable characters give this unusual historical romance a realistic edge which makes Loving Lady Lazuli a passionate, enthralling read.
I won a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway.
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