torstai 1. maaliskuuta 2018

Anne Barton: When she was wicked

Anne Bartonin historiallinen Honeycote-viihderomaanisarja on saanut Helmetissä ristiriitaisia arvioita, tämä sarjan aloittava teos viisi tähteä ja sarjan kolmas teos puolestaan vain yhden tähden. Lähdettyäni sarjaa lukemaan olen jossakin näiden näkemysten puolivälissä: When she was wicked (Forever, 2013; ISBN 978-1-4555-1332-1).

Romaanissa on monenlaista juonittelua ja kähmintää, mutta erityisen omaperäinen se ei ole, vaikkakin teksti kieltämättä on kohtalaisen sujuvaa.

A dressmaker in London's busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton's steamiest secrets-and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn't something she's proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother.

To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules: Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it. Never reveal the secrets of a paying client. Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

er list keeps her (somewhat) honest-until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle's extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined - until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family's ruin. Owen's searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle's most devastating secret is finally revealed?

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