Nicola Highbridge travels to London to honor a childhood pledge and foil a plot that threatens both the British Museum and her sister who works there. But wherever she goes, she crosses paths with a disturbing workman who both distracts and attracts her.
Clay Barber, Earl of Woodhaven, is a government agent in disguise. In London to ferret out a terrorist group and put an end to the cutthroats' escalating plans, he finds himself fascinated by Nicola's herbal healing skills and drawn into the parallel criminal world threatening her life.
When he realizes she is the type of independent woman he has been looking for his entire adult life, he wants to run. Nicola has her own reasons for not allowing herself to be attracted to the tall, dark, handsome man always in her path and in her thoughts.
Meeting death is an ever-present possibility. Finding everlasting love amidst the chaos of intrigue and betrayal is a more dangerous dream.
I was pulled into this listen from the very beginning and enjoyed the story very much. I found the mystery and romance very well done. I loved the twists this book had and would definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. There are some very endearing characters in this story, with Eels being my favorite. I was impressed by the narrator as this was my first listen of her.
Well, it's the first book for me by Z. Minor and the first narration by Nina Nato, and I quite liked the experience - with only the slightest bit of criticism:)
Generally it's a very intriguing story, full of action and suspence, with a bit of romance and fun in between. The plot is complex with two main crime investigations going on and the "looking for your lost parents" subplot added to the mix. But this is exactly what got me lost at times... it just felt like there's really too much going on, to the point of me asking myself: is it about treason? or thefts? or looking for parents? I have to tell you it was a bit confusing in the first 2 hours... But as the plot progresses it all begins to intertwine and becomes much more logical, with all the events reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
The plot is on the whole pretty fast-paced, although there are some scenes that kind of slow it down. However, unnecessary as they may feel for the plot, they add some insight into the personality of the main characters and serve as a kind of relief in this otherwise action-packed story. Also, some of the events seem a little sudden, with no earlier clues pointing in their direction, and feel like rather miraculous solutions to some of the smaller mysteries put here and there in the plotline... But again, they seem to be there to lighten the mood of the story, so that didn't bother me so much...
On the whole, I liked the plot and the main characters quite a lot and I can recommend the book to any mystery lovers.
As for the interpretation, it's quite good, too. I generally liked the pace of Ms Nato's reading, her acting skills are also very good. The only thing that I liked a little bit less was the voices of some male characters; some of them sounded quite similar to one another, which meant that I had to concentrate a bit more than usual not to lose track of who was speaking. But overall it's a good interpretation of the book.
DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I love the time period this was set in and how forward thinking Nicola and her sisters are. Each girl is basically at the age of being "on the shelf". But each sister is so involved in their own careers they have no time to worry about it. The story is full of action, adventure, family, love and compassion. Nicola seems to find herself in every bad situation possible. Eel is an amazing character in the story he is always looking out for Nicola and seeing to her safety. I know children that were not born into privilege in that time were forced to grow up fast. And Eel is no exception. He is so grown up for his age. The narration by Nina Nato was just spot on! Great Job!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I just love historical mysteries and romance and it can't get better than being set in the Regency period. This book was full of adventure and mystery. The romance was nice and not over the top. There was a lot of banter between Clay and Nicola and I enjoying going along with them on their investigations.
The narrator did a great job of performing all of the characters and I wouldn't hesitate at picking up more titles performed by her.
This was a delightfully entertaining book and I couldn't put it down. I listened to it all in one go. I will definitely be following the rest of the series.
I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy provided by the author at my own request.