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From the first, I appreciated Lord Fen’s work ethic and desire to keep himself busy as a furniture maker. You see, he had a bit of magic in him that necessitated such an occupation. I’ll let Fen tell his story himself, but suffice it to say, it was best for him and those around that he made beautiful furniture. His father was embarrassed at his trade. After all, he was the son of a Marquis, Marquis of Overwood to be exact.
Fen’s furniture partner, Harry Wellcome, got himself in a bit of trouble and Lord Fen was determined to get him. At the same time, his past love of five years previous was planning on getting married to Lord Slough (such an appropriate name!) whom Lord Fen suspected involved in some unsavory business, possibly traitorous to his country.
I enjoyed character Andromeda Gibbons, a woman full of imagination, nerve, bravery and intelligence. She was also still half in love with Lord Fenimore whom she hated (?!?!?!), but he had dumped her for no reason some five years earlier. That’s when she decided to be the perfect lady, so perfect she eventually began hating who she had become, the fiancée to Earl of Slough. But the saying holds true, you can’t change the spots on a leopard. Underneath all that ladyship, she was some woman!
Andromeda’s mother believed in magic and shares that part of her with Andromeda before she died when Andromeda was young. She gave her a locket telling her if she needed desperately help the locket would provide it. After her mother died, her aunt and father had pretty much erased those memories from Andromeda. Can Andomeda regain her belief in magic in time to save herself from certain death?
The hobgoblin stole my heart. Harry Wellcome was full of surprises and quite the character. Lord Slough was truly wonderful to hate. The cast of characters was entertaining, creating magic, suspense and romance as Ms. Monajem's stories all provide!.
The moral of this story seems to be don’t be in a hurry to believe bad things about what people say about someone you know and trust, even when the confidante is your closest friend.
Loved this story from Barbara Monagem with its magic and paranormal happenings nestled in a Regency setting.
Fen's Partner, Mr. Wellcome has been accused of treason and transporting spies into England. Fen knows this is not true and sets out to find out who is actually doing these things. They figure out that the person must be of noble birth and well known in the ton. They both have a suspect in mind and decide to start watching him. Mr. Wellcome, disguised as a footman, and Fen go to a ball to watch him. Unfortunately, the woman who broke Fen's heart just so happens to be this man's fiance. The man is Lord Slough and his betrothed, Fen's childhood friend, Andromeda Gibbons.
Fen and Andromeda both shared something that no one else, except Andromeda's mother, understood or believed. They used magic. They could both see the hobgoblins running around and they both knew true magic. Andromeda's mother had fairy blood. Her father never believed or tried to believe. After her mother's death, her father and aunt persuaded her that it was not real and she lost her magic. And she lost Fen, by the word of what he thought was a friend.
Now they meet again in a crowded ballroom, indifferent acquaintances only, she is rude and snubs him, but seeing him makes her realize that her life isn't going where she wants it to. She decides to go a sit quietly to think things out, finding an empty sitting room, she relaxes. Unfortunately someone is coming just as she is leaving, she must hide for she recognizes the voice of the man, it is Lord Slough. She hides behind the drapes and waits. Only to hear an assignation with a Frenchman who was hiding on the terrace. She finds out Lord Slough is a spy!
But who to go to? She knows no one will believe a woman. They will say she is hysterical and just wants to end the betrothal. True but beside the point. The only person she knows that will believe her is Fen. Luckily she knows where he has his shop, she just hopes he lives over the shop or comes to work early. Can he help her figure out what to do next?
This story is full of magic, a bit of romance, mystery and intrigue! I truly enjoyed the characters. And the touches of magic. It was a quick read for me, mostly because I couldn't put it down! Fantastic writing and wonderful scene descriptions made me feel like I was there! I highly recommend this book and this author!
*I received an ARC for my honest review*
Andromeda doesn't believe in her magic powers, but when her life is at stake, she realizes she is able to control fire (hence the name: Lady of the Flames). Attending a fancy ball with her fiance, Lord Slough, who is one of the most eligible bachelors in the country (and whom she does not love) she runs into her former love, Fen, who had unceremoniously left her five years earlier due to a misunderstanding. The haughty Lord Slough looks down on Fen and speaks disparagingly of him. Andromeda dislikes Lord Slough even more when she heard him speak down to Fen, and she tries to think of a way to break off her disastrous engagement.
Later in the evening, Andromeda overhears Lord Slough speaking with a Frenchman, and she realizes Lord Slough is a traitor to England. Not only is he smuggling French spies out of England, but he's also planning to sell to the French the names of two English spies who are working inside France. She runs out of the room but fearing that Lord Slough might realize that she overheard him and he might want to dispose of her, she tries to figure out a way to get away. She "accidentally" spills wine on her dress, which gives her an excuse to change clothes; stealing off to another room in the massive mansion with one of the maids, she was given a red dress with a red cape and she slipped off into the night. Rambling through the streets late at night, through unsavory neighborhoods and accosted by strangers, she runs to the only person she can trust: Lord Fenimore (Fen) and ends up at his small dwelling above the furniture shop. If you look at the book's cover, you will see a perfect rendition of this scene in the book. Many times when I got to the end of a chapter, I would pause and go back to admire the cover, because it so beautifully illustrated Andromeda's flight from Lord Slough. All of this happens very early in the book, so I haven't really given away any spoilers. It is at this point that our story really starts.
Of course, disappearing in the dark of night and not returning home to sleep will ruin her reputation, especially so if it should become known that she was alone with Fen in his house. At least that's one way to get out of her engagement to Lord Slough, although she knows no one else will ever marry her either. She will be looked down upon not only by the gentry, but by the servants too. Therefore, both she and Fen are flabbergasted when they hear that Lord Slough has been looking for her because he intends to go through with the marriage. Why would a high-ranking nobleman want to marry her now that she has a ruined reputation, when he can marry any other girl he wants? What is his true motive for insisting on marrying her, no matter what?
Fen knows he will not get any help from his father so he has to single-handedly prevent the revelation of the English spies to the French. Even though he has help from his partner, Harry, he still has his hands full trying to protect England, and Andromeda at the same time.
What a delightful read this is. You will meet helpful goblins, gossipy ladies, spies, assassins, and traitors. Some of those you thought were the good guys are not good, and those you thought were the bad guys are not bad. And you won't be able to stop reading to see if there is any way that Andromeda can get out of her predicament.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest opinion. And my honest opinion is: I loved this book, and I would love to read more books by this author, in the same vein.
Lord Fenimore Trent's uncanny affinity for knives and other sharp blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop--an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen's partner has been accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he may face another unpalatable choice--to resort to the violent use of his blades once again. Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother's death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect--and perfectly unhappy--lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night--to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help--it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.
Loved this book! What a good story, a fun romp. I enjoyed every minute of this story. Yes a fun romp even amidst two lovers who were separated by a misunderstanding and magic. Yes, there is magic, betrayal, spies, upper class nobility and those considered to be of the lower class (by being tradesmen). Andromeda was only days away from her wedding and she was liking her fiancee less and less as time goes on. Then she overheard that treasonous conversation by the Earl of Slough (what a great name for such an evil guy). Andromeda was a smart, likeable person and true to the times that this story is set, unfortunately no one would listen to just a woman. She needed to get to safety, and get help. She needed proof and to put a stop to what is being planned against her beloved country.
Okay so normally I probably wouldn't be into reading stories that included hobgoblin's and etc., but what a charming story. Even Cuff, was charming and protective in his own way. It also took us on the journey that Andromeda made to begin to believe in magic again and to find out what her skills were and to learn to control them. When Fen, (Lord Fenimore ) finally stopped shunning Andromeda, he realized that he believed a lie, for 5 years. He also realized he never really stopped loving her. I loved Fen's business partner, Harry Wellcome, he was unique to the core. Fen's father at times had such a cavalier attitude towards the life and safety of others although a point in his favor was that he did love his son. He didn't understand him but he did love him. The romance between Fen and Andromeda was sweet and at times fierce too. They had known and trusted each other since childhood before things went so wrong. There is a HEA to their story though.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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