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A Good Romantic Suspense
on 14 June 2010
This is another tale in Amanda Quick's realm of the secret, paranormal sensitive world of arcane talents, this story being set in late Victorian London.
The story centres around the trials and tribulations of a woman known as the Wicked Widow (and yes, you've guessed it, she's supposed to have murdered her husband and other lovers), otherwise known as Madeline Deveridge. When her maid goes missing in London's favourite pleasure gardens, the Dream Pavilions, she enlists the help of their owner, one Artemas Hunt, a master of Vanza. All too soon, the pair are thrust into a dangerous game against an unknown enemy, whose arrival not only threatens Artemas's carefully laid plans for a long overdue revenge but the blossoming attraction between hero and heroine.
Overall, it's quite a good read, with the added bonus of paranormal talents giving the story a good edge. But I personally found the explanations about the Vanzagarian society and all that side of it a little too much and never quite bought into the relationship between Madeline and Artemas enough to make this a romantic suspense that I would be hurrying to pick up again.
I've found other arcane society stories much more enjoyable.