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- File Size: 691 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475005911
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: McKay Lewis Publishers (3 Mar. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007GT1LBU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
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Alma, a servant in the Machado household, is seduced by the youngest son, Joseph. A simple girl, Alma believes Joe loves her and will marry her after they become intimately involved. After she discovers Joe has discarded her for another woman, Alma is determined to make sure what Joseph did to her doesn't happen to another.
She straps on a pistol and confronts Joseph at the Machado house on an evening when she knows the family is out. She's not even sure why she brought the pistol, other than to maybe ensure Joseph listens to what she has to say.
As it turns out, she doesn't say anything but, rather, fires a single shot at Joseph. The last sight she sees is Joseph clutching his shoulder and falling. Overcome with fright and horror, she flees into the woods where she is later captured.
Malachi Rivers is Alma's defense attorney. A man with notorious past swirling around his relationship with his ex-wife and his abusive father, he resides in Placer Hills in the hopes of leading a quiet anonymous life.
Prosecution Attorney Charles Fulton, together with his band of protégés, is full of confidence his case against Alma is solid and she will hang for her crime.
Rivers and Fulton share a mutual dislike and actively antagonize each other at every opportunity.
Emma Knight is the new owner of the town's newspaper in partnership with her uncle. Emma scores a coup when Alma tells her she shot Joseph. Emma prints a damning article outlining Alma's confession. An article that makes Malachi's defence all the more difficult.
Malachi sends Emma a rather rude and condescending letter about a woman's place in the world and staying out of the realm of matters best left to men.
Emma is a fierce advocate for the equality between men and women and women's rights to independence. Her convictions are vexatious for her parents, who believe 6 months in Europe will bring Emma to her senses so she can be married off to a properly suitable gentleman. Emma is not enamoured by these plans or her parents' attempts to control her life.
After some persuasion from Emma's uncle, Malachi decides Emma is less detrimental to his case if she is actively involved in the defense. Up until now, she's only made a nuisance of herself in guise of a news reporter.
A professional agreement is made between Malachi and Emma that she will assist him with investigation of the murder. Despite butting heads on every issue regarding women's rights, a personal agreement quickly develops. A mutual desire for a more intimate relationship beckons.
Malachi balks at first. The last thing he wants is a committed relationship. He is scarred by his previous marriage. Emma is eager to explore the sensual side of life, believing she has as much right as a man to experience physical love. She leads Malachi to believe she is not unfamiliar with such matters when, in fact, she is a virgin.
Robertson's novel is billed as a "Historical Romance Thriller". "Romance" may be a bit of a misnomer as Frail Blood contains several detailed erotic scenes.
When it is revealed Joseph sustained 2 gunshot wounds, with the second a fatal shot through the heart, Malachi is still determined to defend his client on the basis she suffered an excess of feminine emotion when she shot Joseph.
Emma despises his tactics as an affront to equality and sets out to penetrate the mysterious Machado family. Her probing unveils a new definition of "dysfunctional family" and her life in danger.
Readers comfortable with erotic scenes will find Frail Blood a fast paced entertaining read. I do not recommend Frail Blood for readers sensitive to such content.
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