Friday, May 22, 2015

ARC Review: At the Spy's Pleasure by Tina Gabrielle


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Jane, Lady Stanwell, is finally out of mourning and is looking for a lover, but it is not an easy feat. Her husband's suicide has tainted Jane, and has given her a reputation among the lords and ladies of the Ton. Men would be wise to stay clear of her, whose husband chose to end his life over a horse than to continue living with his wife. She's only looking for pleasure, with no commitments -- and she's narrowed her list down to one man, Simon Marbury.

Barrister by day, spy by night, Gareth Ramsey has been tasked to shadow Simon Marbury over suspicions that his family's foundry is manufacturing faulty cannons, which has resulted in countless injuries and death among British soldiers -- but the assignment develops an unfortunate complication when Gareth meets Jane, and discovers that he wants to be the one she chooses as her lover.

"Don't you feel it?"

"Feel what?"

"The attraction. Don't tell me you didn't enjoy our kiss last night."

A tingling began in the pit of her stomach. She shook her head in denial. "I did not."

"Liar."
- loc 558

I liked Gareth, and the author really nailed the alpha male type perfectly. I enjoyed reading how assertive and take-charge he is. I love how confident and brazen he is, but he doesn't just barrel into any situation without considering matters. I thought he handled the mortifying situation of discovering Jane's list (with the names of potential lovers) with tact and sensitivity. I thought he made an interesting riddle: how is a barrister like a spy? Both are concerned with justice and the law, and both have a tendency to blur the lines of right and wrong -- where the end justifies to means. It's already a difficult "double life" for Gareth -- and now he has to deal with another dilemma: does the need of the one (Jane) outweigh the need of the many (his investigation into the faulty cannons)?

I thought Jane had bitten off more than she could chew with her decision to find a lover -- she chose Simon Marbury, believing that he is a dandy and nothing more -- but quickly realises that there's more to Simon than she could manage. She makes the same misjudgement with Gareth -- seeing only what's on the surface and not delving deeper. But, what's great about Jane, is that she is a fast learner -- and she doesn't allow herself to get trapped into an unwanted situation. She handled Simon's advances very well and was also very clear in what she wanted in her liaison with Gareth.

The story progresses in 2 prongs: the development of the love story, and Gareth's spy mission -- and Tina Gabrielle does a very good job of seamlessly moving these 2 stories together. I haven't read the first book in the series, but Robert Ware, the hero of the first book appears in Gareth's story. I liked the juxtaposition between Robert, Gareth and Daniel, a fellow spy -- Robert is newly-married and his decisions and actions are informed by his new situation. Gareth is slowly forming an attachment with Jane, and one could see how this is affecting his work -- both in a good and bad way. Daniel doesn't seem to be in any lasting relationship, and his words and actions are very telling: the work comes first. Nothing is more important than the work. I love how the author showed how one event could elicit very different reactions from people in different situations: from the one with nothing to lose, the one with something to lose, and the one with everything to lose. (Read Chapter 11)

That being said, I thought At the Spy's Pleasure read very well as a stand-alone. I will be reading Robert's book soon, though, because I'm very curious.

At the Spy's Pleasure is the second book in The Crown's Secret Service series and will be released on May 26. To find out more about Tina Gabrielle and her books, click below:
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Disclosure: I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing. Thank you to Entangled and Tina Gabrielle for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition

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Happy Thursday, everyone! And welcome to a new feature on Buried Under Romance and Love Saves the World.

What is Throwback Thursday?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday.

The Historical Romance Edition:
Since Mary of Buried Under Romance and I are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, we've decided to focus on our beloved genre.

Here are our rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 3, 2008.


The Black Duke's Prize by Suzanne Enoch, published 1995

Blurb: 
Sent to London by her untrustworthy uncle, the beautiful and feisty Katherine Ralston arrives for the Season in utter despair. Not only is she caught up in the mad whirl of ballgowns and galas, she must also make certain that her disreputable uncle doesn’t sell her family estate in her absence. Katherine Ralston, a country girl at heart, sees the Season in London as something she must endure. Nicholas Varnon, known as the Black Duke for his rakish and irresistible charms, sees the season as a chance to repair his rakish reputation. Yet, he seems to be taking quite an interest in the spirited Katherine. Suspicious of trickery, Katherine is determined to ignore the sinfully sexy charms of…the Black Duke. Little does she know, she may have just met her white knight in shining armor ...

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review: The Rake by Mary Jo Putney


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Let me warn those who plan to read Mary Jo Putney's The Rake that this is a long novel, but let me then proceed to assure my fellow readers that reading The Rake is not only worthwhile, but absolutely essential. There's a reason for the length of this novel, it's that Mary Jo Putney captures every detail and aspect of the life of a rake and what happens when he is given a chance to reform. There is the personal struggle, the ups and the downs, and the ultimate triumph -- and Putney takes us through every step with such perfect writing and insight.

Reginald Davenport is known as the Despair of the Davenports, but he doesn't mind it so much. He was also set to inherit his uncle's title (Earl of Wargrave) and estate, but, when a closer relative is discovered and inherits what Reginald had expected to be his, it sends our dear rake on a downward spiral. The story could end here, and it does in most other stories -- often, the (dis)inherited party becomes the villain and meets a terrible end -- but Reggie's cousin, the new Earl, must have sensed something good in Reggie, and gives him an opportunity to turn his life around.

And so our rake becomes the hero of his own story of redemption.

When Strickland was given to Reggie, the new earl hadn't realised how deeply relevant the estate was to his cousin. Strickland was Reggie's childhood home, and one filled with many of his memories -- both happy and painful. From this point forward, a lot is revealed about Reggie and the late earl -- and, as I was reading through the revelations, I couldn't help but think that Reggie could have turned out differently had a different relative raised him.

Reality was a demon on his shoulder, whispering that sobriety was a dubious goal, hardly worth the effort it was causing him. All men drank, and Reggie had always held his liquor better than most. What, after all, had he done that was so serious, except be tempted to thrash a brat who had seriously misbehaved?

He fought that demon, and another that whispered that he was doomed to fail, so why stretch his failure out any longer? What made him think he could ever succeed at anything?
- p. 291

I was tempted to pose the same question presented in Wicked: Are rakes born rakes? What I could glean from Putney's writing, and from Reggie's history, it seems to be an inevitable part of a gentleman's life -- but the choice to stay a rake for the rest of one's days, or to move forward to the next stage of one's life. Reggie's father and maternal uncle also had to battle with their demons and alcoholism, and both managed to win over their weaknesses -- now it's Reggie's turn.

What I like about Reggie is that he holds himself responsible and doesn't blame anyone for his current situation. I found it endearing and heartbreaking to hear him talk about how society perceives him. He's accepted his rakish reputation and has used it very cleverly to his advantage. (Read: the confrontation between Julian and his father regarding Meredith, Chapter 22)

He smiled faintly. "How nice to have only one sin, singular. Mine come in scores."
- p. 58

The Rake isn't just Reggie's story -- there's also Alys Weston, who happens to be Strickland's very efficient steward. Lady Alys, as she is known in Strickland, is the best thing to happen to the estate -- she's managed to turn the property into one of Wargrave's most prosperous assets. Lady Alys is a mystery: how did a lady become the steward of Strickland? Putney does an amazing, amazing job of revealing pieces of Alys's previous life while simultaneously building up her current life.

When I discovered Alys's real identity, I couldn't help but admire her for her courage to break free from her former life -- to give up her life of wealth and comfort -- and build a new one. She worked her way up from governess to steward, and she did it all on her own. But Alys isn't perfect -- she has terrible insecurities about her looks (her height, in particular). When Putney allows us to peer into her mind, Alys's self-talk is very negative -- but I'm glad Reggie was there to help her realise just how beautiful she is, inside and out.

Though she was't the sort of woman a man would desire, at least she wasn't really ugly. Her complexion was too tan for fashion, but her features were regular and might have been called handsome if she were a man. It was just that her face, like the rest of her, was too large. She stood five feet nice and a half inches in her stockings, and was as tall or taller than most of the men at Strickland.

Having undone the snarls, she began brushing out her hair. Back in the days when a fortune endowed her with spurious desirability, her heavy tresses had been called chestnut. Now that she worked for a living, it was merely brown, a color of no particular distinction.
- p. 14

I loved the contrast between Lady Alys and Reggie, but I loved the similarities between them even more. Reggie struggles to control his alcohol addiction, and Alys struggles with her self-esteem. At the heart of our hero and heroine is the longing for acceptance and love -- to be valued and found worthy as they are.

Chemistry implies that something within Alys reacts to something within Reggie and something happens -- often, its sparks and fireworks -- but, for our hero and heroine, there was no such grand reaction. The attraction was evident from the very beginning -- something within Alys was drawn to something within Reggie -- the bond formed between the two is something greater and more vital. It's a partnership between owner and steward. It's a companionship between friends. It's an intimacy between man and woman.

The Rake is often listed in many readers' all-time favourite historical romance novels*, and now I understand why.

The Rake is the sequel to Mary Jo Putney's debut novel, The Diabolical Baron, and is part of the Davenport Family duology. To find out more about Mary Jo Putney and her books, click below:
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*It was #22 in the first-ever Top 100 Romances Poll by All About Romance in 1998. It was #15 in the second Top 100 Romances Poll in 2000. #75 in 2004 . #68 in 2007. #91 in 2010. #54 in the most current poll in 2013.









Free and Discounted Historical Romance Novels

Here are this week's featured free and discounted historical romance novels. Enjoy~


Until You by Jennifer McNare
FREE on Amazon

About the book:
278 pages, 134 reviews (Average customer rating: 4 stars)

Original Publication Date: 6/1/2012

He swore he'd never love again ...
She'd risk her heart time and again to prove him wrong ...

Much to his aggravation, the wickedly handsome Duke of Sethe, is wanted by every husband-hunting, title-chasing female in the country, or so it seems. Twice betrayed by women he loved, Nicholas Leighton is no longer the gullible young fool he was in his youth. Having grown cool and cynical, as well as older and wiser, he has vowed to never again allow another woman to affect him emotionally, for he has learned his lessons and learned them well. So, when the breathtakingly lovely Ashleigh St. John suddenly and unexpectedly enters his life, as well as his home, he is determined to keep the alluring interloper at an emotional and physical distance. Unfortunately, he quickly discovers that some things are easier said than done.

Reckless and daring, Ashleigh St. John is an unconventional young lady with the heart of a hopeless romantic. When she meets Nicholas Leighton she is certain that she has met the man of her dreams, but unfortunately, the man of her dreams seems bound and determined to keep her at a distance, hiding his true emotions behind a self-erected wall of cool detachment and calculated indifference. But having glimpsed the wonderful man hiding behind the facade, she too is determined, determined to do whatever it takes to break through the intractable barriers that guard his heart, willing even, to surrender her innocence and time and again risk her ravaged heart to ultimately win his trust and more importantly his love.

Dear Reader: Warning: If you are looking for a hearts and flowers romance, this probably isn't the book for you. This story involves a damaged hero who is desperate to keep from being hurt again and will do just about anything (including acting like a complete jerk at times) to keep the heroine from breaking down the walls he's built around his heart. In addition, for those uncomfortable with considerable age differences, the hero is twenty-nine and the heroine is seventeen. (However, please keep in mind that this story is set in the 19th century, not modern day.)

The Reformed Rakes Series:
Book 1 – Until You (Nicholas)
Book 2 – You, and Only You (Alex)
Book 3 – When Only a Rake Will Do (Brendon)

(Although these books are part of a series, each can be read as a stand alone novel.)

Please note: This book was originally titled Forever & Always.



Laiden's Daughter: The Clan MacDougall Series by Suzan Tisdale
FREE on Amazon

About the book:
255 pages, 507 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

Scotland, 1344
She believes men are not honorable nor are they kind -- until she meets one that changes her heart forever.
Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision ... allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

She is everything he never knew he wanted in a woman ...

As a fierce highland warrior, Duncan McEwan has survived numerous battles, bed countless women, and survived a horrific storm at sea. He has scaled mountains and even survived hand-to-claw battle with a cat-o’mountain. But none of that could have prepared him for how his life forever changed one fateful spring day when he rescued a lass from a freezing stream. He will do anything to keep her as his own and will risk everything to keep her out of the hands of the English.



The Patrician: An Historical Romance (The Patrician Series Book 1) by Joan Kayse
FREE on Amazon

About the book:
403 pages, 33 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

Jared of Alexandria shuns both his Roman and Hebrew blood, a curse that’s kept him on the fringes of society, to become a powerful and successful merchant prince. When his trading empire is threatened by an unknown enemy who not only wants to see him ruined but dead as well, he uses every means to put an end to it. He turns to a beautiful barbarian seer, a slave with hair the color of firelight and eyes that shine like emeralds only to be betrayed into a fate worse than death—slavery.

Bryna of Eire lives each day burdened by the yoke of Rome and her own guilt for leading her beloved brother and clansmen into Rome’s clutches. She curses the gift of sight which her master exploits, keeping her under lock and key, telling fortunes and fattening his purse. When an opportunity to be freed of her confinement comes, Bryna takes it, though her instincts warn that lying to the sensual, golden-eyed man that plagues her visions risks her very soul.

Betrayed into slavery, Jared labors under the lash envisioning revenge on the seer who sent him into this hell. But when fate throws Bryna into his arms, he finds exacting vengeance on his enemy a different matter. As they escape, evade bounty hunters and face their pasts, Jared must battle not only his enemy but his heart. Can the differences that separate them draw them together to save their lives and their love?



Grayson Brothers Series Boxed Set (4 books) by Wendy Lindstrom
$0.99 on Amazon

About the boxed set:
1194 pages, 234 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.8 stars)

RITA award-winner SHADES OF HONOR kicks off this New York Times & USA Today bestselling Grayson Brothers series by Wendy Lindstrom.

The one woman he can't have is the only woman he wants.

Everything Radford Grayson wanted was in his hometown: his beloved family and the unscarred part of himself he’d left behind. But when Evelyn -- his brother’s fiancĂ©e -- reaches into his darkness with her healing love and makes him feel whole again for the first time in years, Radford discovers that his fiercest enemy is his own heart.

THE LONGING is a Romantic Times 4-1/2 Star Top Pick! and RT Best American Set Historical Nominee.

A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire.

A stroke of rotten luck leads Kyle Grayson straight to the altar with his competitor’s daughter, Amelia. Kyle doesn’t think their marriage of convenience can get worse -- until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows. Can he fan the flames of their fiery attraction into passion -- and love?

In LIPS THAT TOUCH MINE a charming playboy meets his match.

She greeted him with her gun -- Can he disarm her with his love?

Saloon owner Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier, and considers her temperance crusade to shut down his noisy tavern nothing just a game. While matching wits with the beautiful widow their unexpected friendship changes the game -- and also Boyd. Can he show her he is a man worthy of her trust ... and her love?

Fall in love with sexy sheriff Duke Grayson in KISSING IN THE DARK.

A woman in danger with a hidden past. To protect her, he must risk everything.

Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, can he forgive Faith and put everything on the line -- his badge, his family, his heart -- to save their marriage and protect her?



An Earl Like No Other by Wilma Counts
$0.99 on Amazon

About the book:
274 pages, 18 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.7 stars)

WHEN ALL SEEMED LOST ...

Katherine Gardiner, a young English widow, has only one dream: to protect her son -- a future duke -- from her merciless father-in-law. Determined and desperate, she has no option but to take the guise of a housekeeper and escape to Yorkshire where the only hope is the enigmatic Earl of Kenrick ...

... LOVE SAVED THE DAY

In all his years spent roaming the world, Jeremy Chilton never braced himself for the burden of a much-damaged inheritance. Now, the new Earl of Kenrick must save his family legacy and raise his motherless young daughter as a proper English lady. His only salvation is his beautiful housekeeper, Kate. But as her secrets unravel, much that is puzzling about her falls into place. No wonder the Earl has caught himself imagining her more wife than employee. Clearly she belongs at Kenrick -- safe in his arms. Now, if only he can convince her to agree ...



The Love of a Rogue: (The Heart of a Duke Series Book 3) by Christi Caldwell
$0.99 on Amazon

About the book:
162 pages, 79 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.4 stars)

Lady Imogen Moore hasn’t had an easy time of it since she made her Come Out three Seasons ago. With her betrothed, a powerful duke breaking it off to wed her sister, she’s become the tons favorite piece of gossip. Never again wanting to experience the pain of a broken heart, she’s resolved to make a match with a polite, respectable gentleman. The last thing she wants is another reckless rogue.

Lord Alex Edgerton has a problem. His brother, tired of Alex’s carousing has charged him with chaperoning their remaining, unwed sister about ton events. Shopping? No, thank you. Attending the theatre? He’d rather be at Forbidden Pleasures with a scantily clad beauty upon his lap. The task of chaperone becomes even more of a bother when his sister drags along her dearest friend, Lady Imogen to social functions. The last thing he wants in his life is a young, innocent English miss.

Except, as Alex and Imogen are thrown together, passions flare and Alex comes to find he not only wants Imogen in his bed, but also in his heart. Yet now he must convince Imogen to risk all, on the heart of a rogue.



Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2) by Leah Atwood
$0.99 on Amazon

About the book:
143 pages, 75 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.3 stars)

Pragmatic Maeve Benetton would never have answered an advertisement for a mail-order bride on her own accord, but without her knowledge and on her behalf, her brother replied to one placed by Patrick Holden from Weatherton, Wyoming. When a letter came from Patrick several weeks later, Maeve decided to pen her own reply, giving in to the romantic notions she’d always kept hidden.

After a time of correspondence, she fancied herself in love with Patrick and agreed to marry him. She packed the few belongings she had, said goodbye to her family, and left her home for romance in the west.

When she arrived in Weatherton, Patrick was nowhere to be found. Weeks went by, and with no money to return home, Maeve was stuck in limbo, living with Patrick’s family. When he finally does return, will Maeve be able to adapt to changes? And can she trust herself enough to fall in love or will she fall back to her practical self?

In the second Brides of Weatherton novella, best-selling author, Leah Atwood, delivers another sweet, mail-order romance full of faith, love, friendship, and family.

Although this is the second book of the series, it can be read as a standalone.



How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy (Renegade Royal Book 3) by Vanessa Kelly
$1.99 on Amazon

About the book:
398 pages, 40 reviews (Average customer rating: 4.2 stars)

Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals -- illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes -- are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with ...

A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed -- except for his body’s instinctive response to hers ...

Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it. Should she slap him -- or seduce him? Even as she tries to decide, scandal pushes her toward marriage with a man she can neither trust nor resist -- and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy ...
Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick


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When Amanda Quick announced that she was releasing a romance that wasn't connected to her Arcane series, it was not a question of whether I would read it, but when. After an agonizing one-year wait for the paperback to be released, I hunkered down and read Otherwise Engaged.

I loved how this story started: it is the heroine that rescues the hero from mortal danger, and they end up falling in love. But the story goes downhill from there: there isn't one, but three antagonizing elements: someone is after the plans for the solar-powered machine and has endangered Benedict's life and those close to him. There also seems to be a spy element as well, as Benedict's uncle seems to head or be part of an intelligence network, but it isn't explicitly stated, or developed in the story.

Then there's the danger to Amity -- her professional career and the publication of her first book are being threatened when gossip about her and Benedict are leaked to the press. There's also Humphrey Nash, a famous photographer who wants to take credit for Amity's work, claiming a man's name would lend the book more credibility.

Finally, there's the "Bridegroom," a serial killer who attacked Amity. The Bridegroom is an intriguing character, who seems to be very well-connected in society. He has killed several women, and Amity only managed to escape because of her quick-thinking.

It's the mention of the solar-powered device in the Gaslight era of England that got me doubting this book's ties to the Arcane series -- considering the time period, the idea of solar-power during this period and is two steps from being considered "paranormal" during that time. There were a few times that I had put down the book and check whether the book was part of the Arcane series, because there were some not-so-subtle resonances between the series and this stand-alone.

There's a familiarity to Amanda Quick's characters, and I see this as both a good and bad thing. Quick is so good at creating strong, capable characters, and her characters in Otherwise Engaged are no different. Amity is an intrepid world traveler who writes about her travel adventures for a newspaper, and Benedict is a really, really smart engineer. While there is no cookie-cutter master mold for Amanda Quick's characters, upon reading, one can tell that they are her characters. They are distinct -- but, at the same time, I also get a sense that I've read about him or her before. There's a strange sense of deja vu, but, I guess it is to be expected considering how many books this author has already published.

Unfortunately, the women of the Doncaster bloodline who had the misfortune to be endowed with those particular characteristics had acquired a certain reputation over the years. Tales were still told of the many-times great-grandmother who had barely escaped hanging as a witch during the 1600s. A century later a spirited aunt had managed to disgrace the family by running off with a highwayman. Then there was the aunt who had vanished on a hot-air balloon ride only to reappear as the mistress of a married earl.
- p. 31

* * *

"Have you had any experience with criminal investigations, Mr. Stanbridge?"

"No, but I imagine it is like any problem in engineering or mathematics," he said. "One assembles all of the relevant facts in a logical manner and then one solves for the unknown."
- p. 53

I loved the romance aspect of this story, of how Benedict and Amity get engaged out of (in)convenience, to protect Amity's reputation, but Benedict doesn't count on Amity wanting to help him with his own search. They make a great team, because they are so like-minded -- and there is very good chemistry between them.

"I think that we know each other perhaps better than we realise," he said finally. "I expect that lurching from crisis to crisis together as we have been obliged to do lately has that effect on two people. We know what to expect from each other in a pinch."

"That is very insightful of you," Amity said.

"You are surprised?" He smiled faintly. "I may not possess Declan Garraway's knowledge of psychology, and as I have noted, I'm not a fan of poetry, but I can usually add two plus two and arrive at four."

"Something to be said for a sound foundation in mathematics."
- p. 252

What I didn't like so much were the conflicts in the story -- the plans for the solar-powered engine is wonderful, but the author doesn't establish why people want it so much, and what would happen if such plans would fall into the wrong hands (global-scale devastation? England falling into darkness?) -- while I saw the danger, I didn't feel the urgency of Benedict and Amity's quest -- which is why, when the resolution came, I didn't really know what to celebrate. The Bridegroom storyline was the most exciting, but the suspense was not sustained up to the very end. The resolution felt a bit flat, and didn't quite match up to the expectation when this particular plot was introduced at the start of the story.

Overall, this was a well-written story, but not as exciting as Amanda Quick's other books.

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