Amity Doncaster is captured by the man London calls The Bridegroom. She manages to escape but her would be murdered tells her exactly why he captured her. Her recent meeting with Benedict Stanbridge has been all the talk of the gossips and The Bridegroom doesn’t want Amity to trap Benedict into something he doesn’t want.
Contrary to what all the gossips are saying, Amity only saved Benedict’s life and then he was off. He said he would call on her when he returned to London however over a month has gone by and she has not heard from the man she saved. To Amity’s way of thinking saving him from a gunshot wound is apparently not enough to warrant a post letting her know he is doing well. And now she has been kidnapped by a murdered for having her named mention in connection with his.
Benedict returns from California and rushes to Amity’s side. He thought about her the month he was gone and he wants to continue to see her but first he needs to make sure she is ok. Once he finds her safe and hearty he comes up with this plan to tell everyone they are engaged. He figures that since he is responsible for her almost being a victim of The Bridegroom he can be the one to protect her. Between protecting Amity and finding out who shot him and why someone shot him, Benedict will be a busy man.
Generally I am a big fan of Ms. Quick’s work. I like her voice, in all genres, and really enjoy her heroes. I think the thing that brought this one down for me was the multiple suspense plots and how they overshadowed the romance. There are two sex scenes and a bit of sexual tension however the relationship aspect was not as prominent as I like it to be. One of the main plot points comes about because of their relationship however that relationship is secondary when that plot point is brought up, meaning that though the romance is there the suspense overwhelms it. Benedict and Amity are quickly engaged and we miss most of the buildup that comes with a love affair. That is all done in the first chapter in a behind the scenes fashion and without the reader being a part of it.
Most of the book is focused on resolving the two issues they face. They must identify the Bridegroom and stop him plus they need to find out who shot Benedict and who wants the new solar technology he was looking into when he was shot. It isn’t hard to figure out how things are connected but there are a couple of parts that will leave you guessing.
One thing I enjoyed is how this is an “enlightened” historical, or so I would call it. Amity is a well-traveled woman and her sister is one who easily ignores social class and behaviors. She doesn’t thumb her nose to them but she graciously does her own thing. Plus when Amity and Benedict have one of their sexual encounters they use a condom. That isn’t something you see much in historical romance, at least not the ones that I normally read.
Overall, this one was just ok. The book is a good length so it made the lack of romance even more glaring. It reads at a face pace though and if you are looking for more mystery and light romance, this would be a good book for you to grab. Final grade- C
Benedict narrowed his eyes. “You can forget any notion of taking up a career as a spy, Amity. My nerves could never stand the strain.”
She sighed. “Really, sir, must you take all the fun out of foreign travel?”