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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E88TLD2
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SETTING: England, 1869
SERIES: Scandal at the House of Russell, book 1
This is the first book in a trilogy involving the three Russell sisters. All three books are connected by them trying to find out all the facts about their father's murder and who stole his money. I don't see this as straight up historical romance but more as romantic suspense.
The Irish hero, Adrian, has golden hair and green eyes. Someone's out to frame him for murder and embezzlement. Adrian has been married for almost ten years to Cecily, a woman he despises. He was involved with a bombing that killed people years ago. She knows he's behind it and is using that information against him. Cecily herself is a terrible person, it turns out, and there's a mystery involving her whereabouts. We don't see much of her in the book.
I like Adrian a lot. He's taken a liking to Bryony and let's her know he's interested, even after he discovers who she really is. She wants nothing to do with him in that way since she suspects he's killed her father and has stolen lots of money from his business, Russell Shipping. He tries to seduce her constantly. There are three sex scenes with them. I found the way he kept after her funny and entertaining.
There's a bad male character in this book who's out to murder Bryony for a really stupid reason. He's got a grudge against her because he thinks her father stole his family home, Renwick, when in actuality he won it fair and square. This character's behind a lot of bad happenings. I like him anyway. He's not very bright, lurking around the Bruton home knowing he might be seen by the servants.
I wasn't surprised to find out who was behind the stuff involving her father and the disappearance of Cecily.Read more ›
Their father, a renowned and wealthy financier, has died suddenly and in mysterious circumstances, leaving them destitute. Based on the scrap of a note she has found, the eldest sister, Bryony, believes her father was murdered and that it is likely that one or more of his business partners was responsible.
Determined to find out the truth, Bryony decides that the best way to ferret out the information she needs is to infiltrate the households of these men - among whom are the privateer Captain Morgan and Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn and to that end, she secures herself an interview in the Earl's household, where there is a housekeeper's position available.
She is interviewed by the beautiful and pampered Countess of Kilmartyn, who is about to dismiss her when her husband intervenes and Bryony is hired.
Kilmartyn is widely known to be a rake of the worst sort and seducer of beautiful women. His relationship with his wife is acrimonious to say the least - their mutual hatred is palpable. But Cecily has some dirt on Adrian which she is using to blackmail him and prevent his leaving her. She might not want him and in fact has a string of lovers - but she doesn't want anyone else to have him, either.
Kilmartyn is immediately intrigued by Bryony, sensing that she is not at all what she seems, and his conversation is liberally peppered with sexual innuendo, partly in an attempt to unsettle her into revealing her true purpose in his house, and partly because he really does want to take her to bed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm amazed at all the good comments here as I found the writing very poor and I stopped reading once it started getting too smutty for me. I won't be reading anymore of her books.Published 7 days ago by Sarah
Really well written. First book I have read for a long time and not skipped pages. Like the characters and the link between the 3 sisters.Published 3 months ago by GinaH
downloaded this to my Kindle as an easy read whilst travelling and the price was right. It is a book that I can pick up and put down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Davey