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I absolutely adore romance stories that tie in a whodunit mystery! I found myself as interested in the love story as I was trying to figure out who the killer was before it was revealed. I always hope that I'm clever enough to figure it out, but folks, this is why I'm not a detective. It's never the person I think it will be, and in this case, I bounced around from person to person until it was finally revealed. This time not only does May McGoldrick throw in love and history, but she creates a murder mystery that completely threw me for a loop! Definitely a keeper.
Phoebe Pennington is the wild child of the Pennington family, determined to reform Edinburgh and help those less fortunate. Under an assumed name, she has been writing articles that exposes the underbelly of the city, and in doing so she has put herself in many dangerous situations. When she goes too far one night, she is saved by her childhood crush, Captain Ian Bell, who is determined to keep her safe. Having lost his sister three years prior to an unknown killer, he is set on keeping Phoebe alive no matter what. Once they are thrown together, it is only a matter of time before that passion turns to love. But with a killer still on the loose, it becomes clear that he or she wants Phoebe dead. Now it's a battle of wills, between the dark shadow of Death and the determination of a man who knows Death well.
Ian was one of those swoon-worthy heroes that immediately grabbed my attention with his rescue of Phoebe. My heart just goes pitter-patter every time there is a scene in a romance book where the heroine is hurt and the hero rushes in to save her. Now, granted, Ian didn't know he was saving Phoebe at the time - he thought she was a boy - but it doesn't really matter to my romance-addicted heart. And then later on he saves her again in what can only be described as a scene that filled me with all sorts of swoony feelings. So Ian was a keep for me from the beginning. Phoebe was also a great character that I connected with early on. While she did have some moments where she needed to get some common sense for the sake of her safety, I appreciated what she was trying to and felt she was a very strong woman for her time period. It's great to see someone who feels that strongly about those less fortunate, and in that age, when people of her station were expected to be blind to it, that's especially impressive. The heroines of McGoldrick's book never fail to dazzle.
Once again, a spectacular book in the Pennington Family series! I look forward to reading more of this author's works in the future.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**