Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Too Wicked to Love-Debra Mullins

Too Wicked to Love
Debra Mullins
Avon, May 31 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780061882500

In 1876 affluent Lady Genevieve Wallington-Wallis distrusts males having been hurt by her deceiving former fiancĂ©, Midshipman Bradley Overton. However, Genny is upset with herself for being attracted to Admiral Samuel Breedlove’s coachman John Ready especially after a shared kiss. Still she does not trust him for two reasons: he does not act like a coachman and more important he is a man.

John conceals from his employer that he is a duke seeking to prove his innocence before he is hung for a murder he did not commit; instead Raventhorpe killed his wife Elizabeth as he has others in the way of his sex trading business and framed John who fled to America, but is back. As he seeks evidence, he becomes the protector of Genny’s friend Annabella Bailey who has drawn Raventhorpe’s attention. Genny joins John on his quest to keep Annabella safe and find proof that Raventhorpe is a human trafficking killer.

This exciting Victorian amateur sleuth romantic suspense hooks the audience with the opening scene introduction to the evil snake Raventhorpe and never slows down as undercover John tries to protect two women and find proof to hang the malevolent enemy. Sub-genre fans will find it difficult to stop reading until the final confrontation occurs.

Harriet Klausner

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