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London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
Wowza, what a ride! Allison Goodman is a master at depicting 18th century London in all its glory! She brings her own fascinating twist though. Reclaimers versus deceivers are thrown into battle every day and no normal human being even knows. I loved everything about this book. The detailed imagery and scenes, to the slow burning chemistry between our two main characters, to the detailed descriptions of gowns and carriages, loved it all.
The only thing I had a problem was the pacing. It took a long time for me to even get into the middle of the plot. Or to have anything happen at all because everything happened so slowly but it was well worth the wait. The ending was just great, leaving book one enough closure, but knowing there’s a whole heck more than can be done in this new world Goodman has created.
Learned so much about 18th Century London that I had to Google some words because they were old fashioned. It gave me an even more broader sense of detail because I could depict everything as it was happening. There’s also a lot of characters and their names are a little similar and I had a little trouble at first, but then I got used to all their titles and names.
I love Lady Helen as a main character because she is kind and generous, but also very strong and independent. Her Uncle made me so mad at times. I would have liked to punch him LOL Then there’s Lord Carlston, he reminded me of Darcy from Pride and Prejudice being so mysterious and quiet. Be patient when you’re reading this because it’s a slow build mystery…as well as a slow burning romance. All tender looks and wanton stares! Gave me goosebumps when they would stare at each other LOL! Even having the characters dialogue with each other were just fun to read because they talked proper and formal.
This is definitely a must-read for paranormal and historical fans alike! You won’t regret it.