Book two of the Whispers of Scandal series and despite deciding I would not continue with this, the blurb that included Lady Angelina DeBrooke and Benjamin Wallace intrigued me because they are not the lovers in this book and both of them are different than the usual fare.
Like the first, this one contains two stories. Angelina has lost both her husbands and she was accused, though not convicted, of murdering them. Shunned by society, she has found a lover who wishes to marry her but refuses as long as the taint of her dead husbands hovers over her.
Ben has made a name for himself looking into mysteries like this and Angelina goes to him for help. Her story interests him and he agrees to look into it.
The two stories crossed and linked far more than the previous book, but they can still be discussed separately.
Angelina and her lover are a fascinating couple. Their fears and emotions are well portrayed and its different reading a book with committed partners. The author was able to pull in enough drama for what she created, but she backed them into a corner and could only do so much with it so it was a weaker story than Id hoped for.
Unfortunately the Ben and Alicia story did not work for me this time. I cant say I liked him very much. Its the same pattern over and over. He forbids her to get involved, she does anyway, and they talk it to death....and talk, and talk. One of them can bring up a thought or idea and it can take a page or more of chatter before they get to the point. There were times I wanted to scream. That story would work so much better if the author would let them work as a team.
The best thing about this book is the mystery. The bad guy in this one is obvious from the beginning but putting that aside the Big Bad Baddie, who Bens been chasing from the beginning is still out there and so much more dangerous than we all thought. In this the author hooked me and Ill have to continue to see the end of that.