Marriage for the sake of title is not what Emily Whitehorn had in mind for her future, but with few romantic prospects after caring for her ailing mother for years, can her cousin Sarah, the former Lady Northenly, help her check off her list of suitable gentlemen to approach? This is another interesting installment to the Soliciting a Lady series, that further elaborates on the complexities of society in a time gone by. Again we have a curious murder mystery, a heroine who is a tad eccentric, and an unintended hero with his own eccentricities garnered from the bedroom and the battlefield. When the top contender for Emily's hand, the current Earl of Northenly, is found poisoned, both Emily and the new object of her affections, the Earl's half brother Christopher, become immediate suspects.
Thus begins the unwinding of the mystery, and while equally intriguing as the previous series, the action happens extremely fast and with little buildup or explanation. This makes the story not only confusing but leaves the reader feeling that they've missed out on some juicy details. What remains juicy however is Emily and Christopher's bedroom activity, which occurs not just in the bedroom but in other, less conventional, settings. I think we can look forward to even more eyebrow-raising escapades as this quirky period-piece series continues!
Signed, Sealed and Not-Quite-Delivered
Widowhood is not quite what Sarah, former Lady Northenly, expected. A comfortable pension and quiet retirement seems attractive after ten years of staid and childless marriage, but estate solicitor William Burke has other ideas. Marrying again and to a commoner such as Burke are both out of the question until a mysterious death and attempted poisoning throw Sarah and William closer together than either one had planned.
This is an interesting period piece that cleverly illustrates the complexities of class distinction and the workings of estate law in a time gone by. Add in a little murder mystery, a heroine who is no shrinking violet, and an intelligent hero with experience in both the bedroom and the courtroom, you have a rather fresh take on a typically predictable and straight-laced historical romance. While the story is intriguing, some of the language is puzzling, particularly in the bedroom scenes where the outcome is obvious but the 'action' curiously choppy. However, readers can overlook this if sizzling graphical sex isn't their thing; and since this is the kick-off installment of a series, we may yet see more titillating escapades from what is shaping up to be an unusual crime-solving duo.
Stay tuned for the next exciting episode, same time, same channel!