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    A Different Style Regency Romance

    Lady Jane Langley world is turned upside down when the carriage she is riding to Vienna in careens off the road and crashes. Her life is in danger not only from injuries but also from the mysterious man that has assassinated one of her traveling companions. Thus begins the story of Jane and Marcus. There is instant attraction between Marcus and Jane but due to their lineage, upbringing, life experiences, class expectations and desires for the future their road to a happily ever will encounter quite a few obstacles. The novel is more a narration than an interactive action packed story filled with dialogue and daring-do. I believe that Jane’s personality is believable and her growth and growing awareness was also remarkable. I felt I got to know Marcus better and felt more for him than I did for or with Jane. The story was different than the usual sometimes fluffy regency romances I have read. I have a feeling that some of the supporting characters and villains mentioned in this book will reappear in future books in the series and I hope to hear in one of the future books that Szabo gets his comeuppance and that Bohm will have a happily ever after story of his own. Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for the copy of this book to read and review.
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    Great story idea but I need more story!

    A carriage accident leads to some rather strange circumstances for our heroine, Lady Jane Langley. It seems this is not an accidental occurrence and Jane sees more than she wanted to see. She is trapped and can do nothing until someone frees her. She loses consciousnesses and awakens an undetermined amount of time later, fully naked under a blanket with a strange man in the room. The man she witnessed kill her friend and traveling companion. In an impossible situation, Jane must be very careful. I feel as though there was more to the story that may have been edited out? I really wanted to like this book! I liked the idea of the plot, and the beginning was very promising. I felt that it did not deliver. I don't like to write bad reviews, But the entire time I was reading, I was thinking there must be more. I wanted more information about why Jane was acting the way she was and why Gerard seemed so obsessed. Why a trained spy and assassin would suddenly melt at the site of a pair of blue eyes, no matter how fine. A few glaring mistakes threw me right out of the story. "It is what it is, or rather was what it was" is something we say in our times, I don't think that was appropriate and in another instance, Jane had just handed her outerwear to the maid after having come into the house, and in the next instant, her coach was stopping outside her home. Someone missed that one entirely! I really liked the characters, but things didn't come together for me. Why, after all the years Jane helped her father, would he suddenly change the way he treated her? And why was she so stubborn towards Gerard? I will give this author another try, though, everyone has a bad day now and then! I'm going to say this was a 3 star for me. *NetGalley Courtesy Copy*
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    As reviewed for Once Upon A Book

    Disclaimer: I received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinions. Rating is 3.5 *** Typically I stay away from any type of mystery//suspense, but, please pardon my pun, I was intrigued by not only the title, but by the cover as well. Gerard is a wounded soul, a romance trope that I have always favored. He’s the bastard child of a baron who deserted his mother when she found out that she was with child. A man showed up one day and took him to Venice, teaching him how to sneak around, to listen, but not be heard…basically he was taught how to be a spy and assassin. When he makes it look like a carriage carrying Lord and Lady Powell had had a tragic accident, he kills Mr. Powell, leaves the unconscious form of Lady Powell to be found, and isn’t quite sure what to do with our Lady Jane. He hadn’t counted on another passenger as Jane was supposed to be in another carriage. Instead of killing her, he takes her captive. Lady Jane is a pretentious snob. She has spent her life living in her father’s shadow, being his assistant and whatever else he wanted her to be. She doesn’t have much of a personality and would make a great interrogator as she loves to ask questions and is heavily involved in politics and well versed on societal niceties. She has no room in her life for emotions, or love, or even the wish to spend with someone who she considered an equal. Love…well, that’s just not something that fits into Jane’s carefully structured life. There were times that I wanted to throw my kindle, but I trudged through the book, hoping to find that Jane redeems herself. She does, but it’s towards the end of the book. I’m honestly in awe that Gerard – not our hero’s real name, by the way – didn’t snap her neck. Lady of Intrigue is the second book in the Group of Eight series. I believe that each book will be a standalone, with maybe some character crossover in each one, possibly? I didn’t feel that I was missing out on anything other than more information about Gerard’s background. This is the first book that I’ve read by Ms. Darby and it won’t be my last. Though I felt that the book dragged in some places, her writing style is fluid and keeps you reading most of the time. There were a few errors that her editors missed, but I didn’t find that they detract from the book whatsoever. I look forward to reading the Group of Eight series as well as other books that she’s written. Historical romance is my absolute favorite genre and I’m always looking for new authors to satisfy my need for reading material.

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