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The Wedding Night Affair: An Historical Mystery (Ash & Juliana Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08K3GGSZD
- Publisher : Carina Press (May 11, 2021)
- Publication date : May 11, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 971 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 275 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #152,477 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This should have been good in a dark and twisted way. A man who needs to physically abuse his sexual partners to derive pleasure from the act. A bloody, mysterious death. An H and h who suffered emotional abuse in their childhoods, with unloving, cold parents. A look at the seamier and deviant side of the demimonde and the crime world.
Yet the writing left something to be desired. While reading, I was detached from everything. No visceral punches. With such strong subject matter I should have felt something. But no, I was detached from the characters and from the relative darkness of the story's premise.
Nor was the writing to my taste. It lacked the sophistication and skill needed to deal with this plot. Instead, the story deteriorated into silly time spent on fashion and makeup or ridiculous and useless outings of H and h to investigate the murder. And the endless ruminations of both MCs, going over and over their suppositions about the crime and the innocence (or not) of the heroine. And while it was obvious that we readers were supposed to appreciate the personal growth of the heroine, who changed from spineless, useless daughter who did everything her parents told her to a woman with more agency, I found her more annoying than admirable.
There were some interesting bits about Bow Street and the Fielding brothers, the Duke of Newcastle, and other references to the historical Georgian setting but, again, the writing style prevented my full enjoyment. In addition, exposition of the the plot was excessively slow and repetitive. As a mystery this did not satisfy. Too simplistic. It could have been resolved much more quickly, with much less clumsiness on the part of the characters, and with less reiteration of the plot points. I got everything the first time it was mentioned. No need for so much restatement. This made for a boring, slow read. Instead of tense and suspenseful, this was annoying.
I confess I decided to read this book because I thought it would be a romance, but it is not, it has the premise of one but it will be probably more prominent in the next book. After historical mystery is my second favorite category after romance, so the switch of classification did not really bothered me, even more as the words flowed easily and the narrative unfolded smoothly.
Be warned the heroine survived a traumatic “wedding night”, if not to say a gruesome experience at the hands of her now deceased husband, which can only be called rape and awful abuse inflicted by the one man who should have protected her.
So of course a romance is difficult to envision after such a horrific hardship as it has left deep wounds in the heroine’s psyche.
Juliana until the morning after her wedding was the perfect obedient prim and proper daughter, so much she endured a ghastly night at the vicious hand of her husband. Yet when she awakens with her spouse now dead, stabbed during the same night, all the shouts and screams point toward her.
From here her trial continue, as while free from the violent man she should have to call husband, she is the prime suspect of his demise.
This is a fast-paced tale, and while it does not spare us the cruel details of her plight, it also paints the portrait of what women were to endure because of their total absence of rights.
Juliana is one of them but circumstances despite putting her life in the balance also offer her a second chance, one to get out from her gilded cage. She demonstrates her resilience and willpower by becoming an active party in the investigation to clear her name.
She also get to learn who she is, really away for all the paints and powders that used to mask herself from the world. She is like a blank skate to rewrite.
Ash too is far more complex than the easy jovial fellow he is presented as. He harbors secrets and his soul hide dark shadows. He is a man for justice, even when the case appears easy, he looks into details and reaches after what looks like nothing to determine the right from the false. And as a man of honor, once he gave his words, they are like tattooed in stone.
This book is the story of their encounter, of the first spark between them but the same case which brought them together is also what hold them back as Juliana needs time to recover and bring back the pieces of herself that had been shattered by her last parents’ betrayal.
I can not wait for the next installment as I want to see how their relationship will evolve over time.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 non but 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝗿 talk of abuses and sexual assaults.