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Sandro is darkly mysterious and has a bad boy appeal. He's smart, dashing, reckless and caring all at the same time and who can't love a man who loves chocolate? The author's research is excellent and really shines through in the novel. The setting is well done and the mystery is specific to this period.
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Each chapter begins with trivia and a modern recipe for chocolate desserts which I really liked. I would have preferred period recipes in the text and modern ones at the end though. The author is certainly very knowledgeable about chocolate. The author doesn't write in a period voice and there are far too many slang words for male body parts on nearly every page.
In spite of that, there are no love scenes or even any kisses.
Though I enjoyed the chocolate trivia and couldn't put the book down until the mystery was solved, I really didn't like this book. I didn't like the grittiness of the story. I think I'll stick to drawing room comedies and genteel mysteries. Liked it a lot. Different from most historical romances I read. More mystery and intrigue than romance.
Aug 22, Gail rated it really liked it Shelves: e-book , adventure , nook , historical , mystery , regency , romance. Interesting historical mystery. The heroine is bent on revenge, disguising herself as a male chef at the home of one of the Prince Regent's girlfriends. She serves some chocolate candies-- this is in the era when chocolate was first turned into something you ate, rather than drank. Prinny eats one and promptly keels over, poisoned.
But nobody knows if it is actually poison, or if the solid chocolate is actually inherently poisonous. The chef is suspected. Enter the hero.
He is a half-Spanish ear Interesting historical mystery. He is a half-Spanish earl with a lot of knowledge about chocolate and also about investigation. He's the first one to figure out the chef is a female. There's a lot of combativeness between hero and heroine, both are holding back information. But they kinda like each other anyway. There are tricks played and bargains struck, and lots of actors working against each other, wheels within wheels, plots within plots. By the end of the story, you'll have learned a lot about the history of chocolate and financial chicanery.
It's an entertaining story and I liked it quite a bit. A decent start to this mystery series. I liked the main characters alright. Arianna with the extra tough girl stance made me roll my eyes some but she wasn't bad. I liked the Earl. He's somewhere between a Sebastian St. Cyr and Wrexford military but into science. My favorite character is Dr. Basil Henning--what a hoot! Some of my gripes: The plot got away from me some, it started feeling too complex at times.
Ohhh, speaking of chocolate, I really enjoyed the journal entries that were read at the beginning of each chapter.
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There's potential, just need to find a way to cut down on the cliches and find a way to not interject chocolate into every aspect of the story. Mar 17, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: kobo. I don't know how accurate the slang is here, but it was interesting enough to continue to book 2. Mar 27, Maudley rated it really liked it. Interesting characters solving involved crimes. Series: 1st in Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery Sensuality: light romance, heavy innuendo and period cursing Main Character: Lady Arianna Hadley, although a lady, her father was disgraced and died when she was 15 and she had to make her way alone and penniless in the world.
Setting: ,England Obtained Through: from publisher for an honest review Since her father was murdered when she was fifteen, Lady Arianna lived through hellish times to survive, with her driving goal to find her father's killer and Series: 1st in Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery Sensuality: light romance, heavy innuendo and period cursing Main Character: Lady Arianna Hadley, although a lady, her father was disgraced and died when she was 15 and she had to make her way alone and penniless in the world.
Setting: ,England Obtained Through: from publisher for an honest review Since her father was murdered when she was fifteen, Lady Arianna lived through hellish times to survive, with her driving goal to find her father's killer and make him pay pushing her on. Which is why she is disguised as a French chef in Lady Spencer's home gathering information for her revenge.
Her plans are interrupted when somebody attempts to poison the Prince Regent using her chocolate desert. Somebody felt the chef was the easy target to set up for such a treasonous act and Lady Arianna is now under scrutiny.
Alessandro De Quincy, the Earl of Saybrook is enlisted by an underhanded government official to investigate in spite of his war injury to his leg. Nevertheless Saybrook had been in the intelligence branch during the war and is sharp and devious. He sees through Arianna's disguise, just in time to save her from a bullet. He decides that she can be of use in the investigation and they reluctantly join forces to determine who tried to kill the Prince and why.
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While this had all the ingredients to have been a good regency romance, the author kept the romantic tension in the background and focused on making a suspenseful mystery which paid off exponentially. Arianna is a heroine that you route for immediately. She has been through the school of hard knocks and survived with vengeance driving her.