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After the Loving (Regency Romance Suspense) (Heroic Rogues Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story takes place in New York in the year 1766, several years before the American Revolution. Isabelle Stanhope comes to America in hopes of straightening out her deceased father’s affairs and secure her inheritance. By strange coincidence, her stagecoach is held up by the same infamous highwayman that killed her father, Captain Hawk. This ruthless Captain of cutthroats and his gang brutally murdered her father and stole much of his valuables. As the stagecoach comes to a bumpy halt, Isabelle grabs a dagger that suddenly falls from an opened satchel, hiding it in the folds of her dress. Isabelle Stanhope and her companion, Mrs. Winters, are terrified they will end up just as dead as Isabelle’s father, Commodore Stanhope.
Isabelle shrewdly decides to withhold her true identity and makes up a name when the Captain questions her. But the Captain recognizes something in his beautiful hostage and decides to hold her as his special guest. Isabelle and the Captain learn much about each other…except the obvious. I will stop here so that I don’t spoil this for anyone. But do keep in mind... Isabellel has a hidden dagger...fear...and a grudge. Okay...now I need to stop.
The storyline and the characters are both refreshing. The story has several interesting and creative plot twists. The only criticism that I have is the voice and pace of the book – there is an overuse of narration style in the first part of the book, and the pace seemed slower. However, that diminishes towards the middle, and the pace of the book picks up considerably and conversation between the characters carries the storyline.
The hero of this book is going to be a favorite of mine. I want to tell you about him – but it’s hard without giving away some of the really cool plot twists! Just buy this book and read it. I will tell you that his name is Marcus. And a couple more tidbits… If you enjoy fun historical romances books about the pre-revolutionary war period, you may enjoy this book. If you enjoy spunky heroines and tender hearted, but strong heroes – you will enjoy this story. A really good read!
Overall, this was fairly enjoyable light reading, even though the writing isn't of the highest quality, and the plot had elements that stretched credulity, and that didn't quite make sense. The undercurrent of what would become the American Revolution is used vaguely as a backdrop for the romantic storyline, but to be honest it took me until almost halfway through before I was clear that the author intended this to take place somewhere in the colony of New York in the mid-1700s. The highwayman aspect of the story read more like Marcus was a stagecoach robber in the Old West, despite frequent references to his past as a pirate and to the Royal Navy. I did find that the editing errors increased in the last third or so of the book, some of which could possibly be attributed to formatting errors rather than poor writing or editing, but certainly not all.
In summary, this is a relatively clean and slightly fluffy romance, with interesting plot twists; but be willing to ignore inconsistencies in the details of the plot and setting.