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    Erica Monroe is a star!

    What a splendid book! Fantastic story, wonderful characters, fabulous love story, historically accurate, and magnificently written! It’s perfect! It took me forever to finish SECRETS IN SCARLET because I kept re-reading sentences, paragraphs, pages simply because it’s so well-written! Outstanding! No self-respecting historical romance reader should do without this book! Fantastic!
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    Great addition to the Rookery Rogues series

    This fabulous historical romantic suspense story is the tale of Poppy and Thaddeus. While investigating the murder of a factory worker, Thaddeus sets his sights on Poppy as one who can help him gain inside information. Poppy owes Thaddeus a favour for saving her brother's life but holds her own secrets close to her heart, secrets she fears will destroy the dawning attraction between them. With time running out, can Poppy trust Thaddeus with her heart or will the killer catch up with her first? It is immediately obvious from the start that this is a well researched and meticulously crafted story. The setting with its descriptions of house and home, businesses, and general life for the average citizen is well described and immerses the reader wholly into the story. Even the vocabulary is accurate and true to the time, so one doesn't get jarred out of the story by a modern term. Unlike most historical romance novels, the protagonists are not Lords and Ladies, but average people, eking out their existence in any way possible. Thaddeus, born into a middle class family, disappoints them with his pursuit of a policeman's career. His character was wonderful as an upright, determined young man (age 24 though his deportment would indicate someone of more mature years) dogged in his fact finding and smitten with the lovely but mysterious Poppy. He know he is ill regarded in the rookeries but doesn't hesitate to do what he can to solve the young teen's murder. One can't help but like him, with his shy smiles, his desire to do what's right, his single mindedness and his care and treatment of Poppy and her child. Poppy too is an engaging character, full of shame over secrets in her past but learning to stand up for herself and fiercely protective of her child. She knows injustice and suspects the murder of her friend could happen to another girl she works with. The opportunity to help Thaddeus is too much for her to resist - on the one hand to help with the case, but on the other to find an excuse to spend time with him, feeling that her attraction to him, though mutual is a fantasy that won't be fulfilled. With a slow simmer, the attraction between them heats up until neither can resist and the resulting love scenes are steamy and seductive. Completing the world of the rookeries are glimpses into other character's lives - that of Daniel and Kate (hero and heroine of the first book in the series A Dangerous Invitation), Atlas the gentleman thief, Abigail a co-worker of Poppy's from the factory and assorted villains and friends who make the story flow and add intrigue, humour, tension and action to the plot. Overall I found this story to be a fascinating view into a slice of time gone now but not forgotten, with an intriguing and suspenseful plot, engaging characters, and a sweet romance between two people who deserve a happy ever after. 5 fabulous stars!
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    Another wonderful book from a great author!

    This was a charming and intriguing story with lovable characters. Far outside the regency romance mold, this book was not just about the clues to the mystery, but also to the relationship between unlikely allies in crime-solving. I just love Erica Monroe's work, because it always leaves me with the sense that something larger than an HEA is in play.

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