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    The Infamous Duchess

    London 1820 Viola was working at the hospital as a man with a gunshot came in and she had to help the doctor with his surgery. Well that was non other than Henry Lowell, rake extraordinaire or so that was the word out in society. Viola herself was the talk of the ton for marrying her elderly Duke days before he passed away. She had done her best to ignore society and taken the money left to her by opening a hospital and helping those in need. The problem was, rake or not, Henry was a handsome man and very charming. When he first sees Viola he thinks she is an angel. But Viola wants nothing to do with him due to his reputation. But is he really as bad as everyone says? Sophie Barnes brought these characters to live and with the historical references to the medical field it was fascinating. I always enjoy her books and this was truly a great story. There is a lot to take in and secrets abound but I could not turn the pages fast enough.. Looking forward to the next in this series!
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    Mixed Feelings

    I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 3.25* This is a mixed feelings book. I was really liking it in the beginning, but then our hero, Henry Lowell, kept saying something that was annoying me and that I don’t personally like – something like “She’ll be mine no matter what”. And I don’t like that because every time I read that sentence or a similar one, all I could think about was that he didn’t really care about our heroine, Viola, he simply saw her as a prize to be own, no matter what. I wouldn’t be mentioning it if it was something he had said/thought once, but no, he keeps thinking/saying it. He evolves as a character to someone who learns to love and who actually sees Viola as a person and not a prize, but his mind-set doesn’t seem to change, which is one of the reasons why I couldn’t connect as much as I wanted to with this book, hence the rating not going over the 3*. I really wanted to like Viola – she is a fierce, dedicated woman, a physician, even if she didn’t go to University, and in the beginning of the book she seems so confident, with a bit of sarcasms and wit, but as the book develops, she morphs into someone else, all that strength we saw in the beginning almost disappears… So, I really wanted to like her, but the author made it a bit difficult. I have to say the best character – “construction” wise, I mean – was probably the villain. We hate him from beginning to end, and he behaves exactly like he should and as we expect him too – with an extra at the end that was perfect. And at that point we see the Viola from the beginning. So, to be honest, I liked the beginning and the end, and the book isn’t badly written, or anything similar, it just didn’t allow me to connect to the characters enough for me to love them. The character that most intrigued me and that actually left me wanting to know more was Carl Guthrie, the criminal from St. Giles – now that was someone who I would like to get to know better. Can’t wait to read his book. I’m sure it will be much better than this one.
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