World of de Wolfe Pack: Trusting the Wolfe (Kindle Worlds Novella) (The Seven Curses of London) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I really liked this story about a young seamstress (Miss Tessa Maycroft) who comes to the aid of a severely injured gentleman (Marcus de Wolfe, the Earl of Warenton) and not only saves his life, but finds her destiny in the process... It had everything I look for in a romance, including a little angst, plenty of passion, and even some action and suspense. There was not only a solid plot, but the characters were well rounded and vivid too. And although I completely adored Tessa who was almost too kind for her own well-being, I didn't feel quite the same about Marcus. It probably didn't help matters that I'm not fond of heroes who have lost their first love, but add in the fact that Marcus was way too stubborn for his own good and I wanted to smack him upside the head a time or two. Other than that though it was well written, very entertaining, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author =)
Setting: 1870 London, England with an Epilogue 3 Months Later in Northumberland
Ages: Tessa (24) Marcus (?)
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 83% and location 1347 of 1621 with the remainder being a sneak peek at LOVING THE HAWKE, and a list of other books by the author as well as a thank you note.
I am not really a fan of heroes (or heroines) who have been in love before and lost that love - I always feel like the new love interest is getting less than they deserve. In this book - Marcus lost his wife, she was his childhood sweetheart and his best friend. He knows he has to remarry and have an heir - but he doesn't want love, he thinks his heart died with Mary. He is shocked when he has feelings for Tessa. He also feels like he is betraying Mary and decides that he can't marry Tessa - that he will keep her as his mistress.
Tessa has been hurt by her father - he left her penniless when he died and if not for her aunt - she would have been homeless. She tries very hard to help other girls learn to have a marketable skill so they don't end up in workhouses or brothels. She meets Marcus when she finds him wounded and barely alive in an alley. He calls her his angel and begs her to take care of his wounds. She stitches up his cuts and goes to get help.
They meet again weeks later while Marcus is investigating some oddities on his ship and Tessa is trying to keep one of her girls from being duped. They work together to save the girls and one thing leads to another and they become lovers. When Marcus suggests that Tessa become his mistress, she refuses and leaves him.
They both decide that they need to speak to the other and bare their souls -but before that can happen, the villain takes Tessa hostage and Marcus must save the woman he now knows he loves.
This was a very fast moving, well written book with a little angst, a bit of spice and a very sweet ending.
Marcus de Wolfe has ventured down to London for two purposes. One to find out why his business and ships are losing money. The other to fulfill his duty to his heritage and find a bride. Since the death of his first wife and childhood sweetheart, he can't risk his heart again.
Tessa Maycroft is rushing back to her dressmaker shop when she comes across a badly wounded man. He must be out of his mind with blood loss, because he says the strangest things.
Tessa and her aunt have worked hard to make a living, and employ apprentices in the shop to give the girls a way to keep of the streets. If Aunt Betty had not stepped in when Tessa needed her, it could easily been her fate.
This is a beautiful love story with few surprises, but lots of depth. It fits in with the series very well. Our hero, while he may not be as over powering as his ancestor, is fitting for his times. A time when people are just beginning to worry about the poor and downtrodden in the big city. Our heroine fits nicely with this family. She is strong, independent, caring and will not put up with a man who will not see her worth.
I loved it. Now I must find more from this author.
I was gifted a copy by the author.