I found The Perfect Poison to be yet another hit in Amanda Quick's series of arcane society novels. I've been a fan of Ms. Quick's for several years, and I generally enjoy anything she writes. But as someone who likes things with a paranormal side to them, I've found that I have a special preference for her arcane society novels. It's always interesting to pick up a book in the series and learn what paranormal "gift" Ms. Quick has masterfully thought out and created for the main character(s).
If you're also a fan of Amanda Quick's, you won't be disappointed by The Perfect Poison. Lucinda is another of Ms. Quick's strong, independent, "woman of the world" characters who has gone through some hard times in her life but always managed to get through them. And the thing I thought was great about Lucinda was that even though she is strong and can obviously take care of herself, she's not stubborn about it as many of the women in Ms. Quick's previous books are. By that, I mean that rather than just flat out refusing to accept any help from Caleb, such as when he insists that Lucinda and her cousin have a bodyguard, she listens to his concerns and his advice and actually considers what he has to say. And Caleb is loving and fiercely protective of Lucinda (just as women want their men to be), and he would obviously do anything to keep "his woman" safe. However, he isn't SO overly protective of her that she's made to feel like a child, and it's wonderful that he's able to balance his need to protect her with her need to be her own woman.
So it was nice to have a couple who could both recognize and acknowledge the weaknesses AND the strengths in their partner and develop a strong relationship based on them. I hope to see more characters like these two . . . or maybe even a sequel to this story. It definitely had a "Tobias March and Lavinia Lake" feeling to it (the characters in the trilogy starting with Slightly Shady). One can hope anyway.
I couldn't put this one down - a fun, speedy read from a delightful author. Caleb is the cousin of heroes from previous books in the series. Afraid he may go insane, he finds his rescue in Lucinda.
Loved this latest Arcane Novel. The "mystery" aspect was a little weak and the "let's tie it up now" moment at the end was abrupt but overall an EXCELLENT read!
This is by far my favorite Arcane Society novel. I just love Caleb and Lucinda. What a strong heroine who knows her own mind and to hell with what everyone thinks. Gotta love it especially in that time period. And Caleb was like the absent-minded professor except when he was around Lucinda - how cute! Oh and, the encounter in the drying shed was so sexy and hot enough to melt your brain.
Great book with fantastic characters and an ongoing conflict to keep you interested in subsequent books. The only dilemma was that the mystery was entertaining enough to want to rush right through to the conclusion but the romance was so sweet you didn't want it to end
A good read, leaves you eagerly awaiting the next in the series. If you enjoyed the others in the series you'll enjoy this one.