Woohoo very sexy writer, LOVE Mullins style of writing. Love and passion with subtle passion. Mullins detail and very descriptive details make her books a must. If you like Lisa Kleypas you will like Mullins.
This is another excellent book by Debra Mullins. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first book in her "Brides of Nevarton Chase" series, "Tempting a Proper Lady." I am very much looking forward to reading the third book in the trilogy when it is published.
In 1876 affluent Lady Genevieve Wallington-Wallis distrusts males having been hurt by her deceiving former fiancé, Midshipman Bradley Overton. However, Genny is upset with herself for being attracted to Admiral Samuel Breedlove's coachman John Ready especially after a shared kiss. Still she does not trust him for two reasons: he does not act like a coachman and more important he is a man.
John conceals from his employer that he is a duke seeking to prove his innocence before he is hung for a murder he did not commit; instead Raventhorpe killed his wife Elizabeth as he has others in the way of his sex trading business and framed John who fled to America, but is back. As he seeks evidence, he becomes the protector of Genny's friend Annabella Bailey who has drawn Raventhorpe's attention. Genny joins John on his quest to keep Annabella safe and find proof that Raventhorpe is a human trafficking killer.
This exciting Victorian amateur sleuth romantic suspense hooks the audience with the opening scene introduction to the evil snake Raventhorpe and never slows down as undercover John tries to protect two women and find proof to hang the malevolent enemy. Sub-genre fans will find it difficult to stop reading until the final confrontation occurs.
Debra Mullins weaves a tale of mystery and romance around a likeable Victorian couple in her latest novel Too Wicked to Love. This story was engrossing from the opening chapter.
What I liked most about this novel are the characters, they have secrets which make them interesting. Hero John Ready is a coachmen and body guard but so much more. He is tasked with keeping Annabelle Bailey safe from a rather vile villain Lord Raventhorpe. The reader may expect that Annabelle is his leading lady but she is not, instead John is very attracted to Genny Wallington-Willis an Admiral's daughter.
Genny is a rather outspoken miss yet she has a deep hurt, she was courted by a man who wanted her only for her father's influence. She is cautious but in a crowd she is effusive and elusive with men. John sees through her flirtatious guise. She confronts him when she believes he is abducting Annabelle. Genny is quite brave, although her bravado did get tiresome because it was accompanied with a prickly nature but this did not last overly long.
John tries to avoid Genny but since they are residing in the same house in the country their meetings are unavoidable. Both characters want fresh starts and Genny believes she can have that with John. She finds him noble and protective, she is right but these traits also get in the way of their future for John will sacrifice his own happiness to keep Genny safe.
This couple does something rarely achieved in romance novels, they act rather normally. Genny's reactions are typical, when she is disappointed she acts hurt, not vindictive and John feels remorse when Genny is hurt by his actions plus he realizes his mistakes quickly with her. This couple is honest with each other and they communicate beautifully. I really enjoyed their interactions because their emotions were appropriate and sincere.
This couple's romance is front and center of the story, the mystery regarding an old nemesis is on the back burner and I was fine with that. In fact, the mystery was not the strongest point of the story, at times I forgot about it. John and Genny's romance unfolded with passion and authenticity throughout this book.
Maybe I am on a different planet, but I found this book tedious and just plain uninteresting! The heroine (can't even remember her name) is such a shrew and the hero is just as uninspiring. I could detect no chemistry between the pair, and found their attraction totally unbelievable. I stopped reading this half way through the book - thankfully, it was checked out from the library and not purchased.
Please - if the other reviews hoodwink you into thinking this is a good book, do yourself a favor and check it out from the library before you spend hard earned cash.