Jacob Preston has three requirements for a woman desiring access to his bed: She must be enthusiastic in affairs of passion, jaded in matters of the heart, and–to ensure the first two qualifications–she must be married.
Lady Julianne Cambourne has all of the makings to be a passionate lover, but she is not married. This should make her off-limits in Jacob’s book, but they are both tempted to be in a passionate relationship that steadily grows. Eventually, they begin to feel love for each other.
Julianne comes to Jacob in need of help finding the sixth and final dagger of a set her late husband had. Jacob agrees to take on the case and discovers the evil magic of these daggers. During their quest, they discover manuscripts related to the daggers. They also discover who wants the power of the joined daggers. They soon find themselves in a deadly trap.
This is a very good book to read. I was surprised that it was part of a series, for I prefer to read books in order. I was in the middle of the novel when I realized this. Marlowe wrote it so well that you don’t need to worry about not knowing anything important from the previous book. Some series aren’t suited to be read out-of-order, but Marlowe did a great job. This can help expand your vocabulary, as well.
The mystery of the daggers is very intriguing, but it seems to be more of a secondary plot to the romance. As with many romance novels, there are some sex scenes (if you don’t like reading sex scenes, then don’t read the book). The romance between Lady Julianne and Jacob blooms very quickly. Part of what I like about Julianne is her strong, independent will. Her ideas make her ahead of her time in this novel’s setting. I’m also glad that Jacob doesn’t try to take that away from her, instead he encourages it.
I recommend that you read this book if you love romance, history and/or magic. If you dislike any sex scenes, then this is probably not the book for you.
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction (London in the 1800s), Fantasy (to an extent)
Stars (out of 5): *****