- File Size: 1492 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: New Authors Online (July 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M7H63VO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Troublesome Apprentice (The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book was full of pleasant surprises. The biggest is revealed soon, because Victor the hero is actually Vic the heroine. She’s been dressing as a young man for years, and it has brought her advantages and happiness – but now she has a reason to regret the charade and fear more than ever that she’ll be discovered. When her aunt Maddy is murdered, top sleuth Xavier Thorn enters her life. What ensues next is entertaining mayhem: Vic gets hired as his assistant—or should I say “impertinent pup”?—and they fall head over heels in love with each other. With Vic being a woman in disguise, their feelings encounter a great deal of hurdles. Enter the intriguing murder mystery to solve alongside a string of smaller but equally well thought out and interesting cases, and the book grips you until the end.
I loved the leading couple, if I may call it so. Vis is a spirited, clever, strong and determined young woman, and she makes for a dashing young man with lots of qualities to admire too. Xavier fits the brilliant investigator with the diva personality perfectly. He did remind me of the legendary Sherlock Holmes a lot, but I’d better not let him hear that. The chemistry between the two main characters sizzles and their attraction for each other is very, very credible. They’re made for each other.
What I really loved is that the author incorporates many side-kicks – secondary characters – in the story. They enhance the plot greatly, are well fleshed out, and fascinating enough to tell their own stories. Davy the driver is awesome, so is Vic’s sister Claire who is second to none, not even the ‘number one’ of the book.
O’Connor has also researched the era thoroughly and peppers the story with fascinating facts and just the right amount of background information. The reader gets a good idea about why Vic would choose to be a man, and of how surprisingly advanced society those days was in some regards.
I can’t wait to get my hands on Book 2 of the series, “The Missing Partner”!
Ms. O'Connor writes amazing stories that have a great sense of innate humor. Her characters are multi-dimensional as they seek their own happily ever after. As the first in The Adventures of Xavier and Vic, many long term characters are introduced as well as getting to know the complex relationship between Xavier and Vic.
This fabulous story will have you anxious to read more by this wonderful author and more about Xavier and Vic as they solve complex cases sure to entertain you!
Xavier is frequently compared to the fictional Sherlock Holmes, and he hates it. When he meets Vic, he recognizes the budding brilliance of the young man and hires him as his apprentice. Sparks fly between the two from the start, but Vic has a secret he's been keeping for years which may keep them apart.
The historical research adds fascinating details about the technology available at the time, which may attract steampunk readers, in addition to fans of historical romance and mysteries. I've already purchased book 2, and look forward to book 3, and Jacko's spinoff.
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