WHAT A COVER!
Title: Lady of the Flames, A Most Peculiar Season Series
Author: Barbara Monajem
Genre: Regency Paranormal
Story Setting: London, Summer 1811
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
About the Story: Magic is fraught with peril—but so is love. Lord Fenimore Trent’s uncanny affinity for knives and other sharp blades led to knife fights, duels, and murderous brawls. Five years ago, he faced a choice: marry Andromeda Gibbons, the woman he loved, or find a safe, peaceful use for his blades by opening a furniture shop—an unacceptable occupation for a man of noble birth. The choice made itself when Andromeda turned to another man. The furniture shop prospered, but now Fen’s partner has been accused of treason. In order to root out the real traitor, he may face another unpalatable choice—to resort to the violent use of his blades once again. Once upon a time, Andromeda Gibbons believed in magic. That belief faded after her mother’s death and vanished completely when Lord Fenimore, the man she loved, spurned her. Five years later, Andromeda has molded herself into a perfect—and perfectly unhappy—lady. When she overhears her haughty betrothed, the Earl of Slough, plotting treason, she flees into the London night—to Fen, the one man she knows she can trust. But taking refuge with Fen proves to mean far more than getting help—it means learning to believe in love, magic, and the real Andromeda once again.
About the Series: Regencies With a Difference! The year is 1811 and the Prince of Wales has finally been declared Regent to rule in place of his incapacitated father. But that is not the most peculiar thing about this London Season… An audacious thief is lifting jewels from under the very noses of their aristocratic owners. Some suspect The Mayfair Shadow may be a member of the ton! An infant is abandoned on the doorstep of three notorious rakes – but which one is the father? Are a series of gruesome murders at Vauxhall connected to the exiled royal house of Moldavia? A perfect young lady, betrothed to England’s most eligible earl, vanishes from a ball on the eve of her wedding. And what about rumors of a virile Viking warrior in the Prince Regent’s court? Enjoy this entertaining Regency series created by a group of award-winning and bestselling historical romance authors!
My Thoughts: From the first paragraph I knew Barbara Monajem was going to charm the socks off me with her honest-to-goodness hobgoblin. Hobgoblins go by other names so you may know of them as imp, goblin, gremlin, pixie, well you get the picture. Most people can’t see hobgoblins, but Lord Fenimore Trent has one hanging around his home. Hobgoblins can be difficult. You need to remember to be polite and never, EVER give it something and then take it back. That is, if you care to keep any sort of order in your life!
From the first, I appreciated Lord Fen’s work ethic and desire to keep himself busy as a furniture maker. You see, he had a bit of magic in him that necessitated such an occupation. I’ll let Fen tell his story himself, but suffice it to say, it was best for him and those around that he made beautiful furniture. His father was embarrassed at his trade. After all, he was the son of a Marquis, Marquis of Overwood to be exact.
Fen’s furniture partner, Harry Wellcome, got himself in a bit of trouble and Lord Fen was determined to help him. At the same time, his past love of five years previous was planning on getting married to Lord Slough (such an appropriate name!) whom Lord Fen suspected involved in some unsavory business, possibly traitorous to his country.
I enjoyed character Andromeda Gibbons, a woman full of imagination, nerve, bravery and intelligence. She was also still half in love with Lord Fenimore whom she hated (?!?!?!); he dumped her for no reason some five years earlier. That’s when she decided to be the perfect lady, so perfect she eventually began hating who she had become, the fiancée to Earl of Slough. But the saying holds true, you can’t change the spots on a leopard. Underneath all that ladyship, she was some woman!
Andromeda’s mother believed in magic and shares that part of her with Andromeda before she died when Andromeda was young. She gave her a locket telling her if she needed help desperately the locket would provide it. After her mother died, her aunt and father had pretty much erased those memories from Andromeda. Can Andomeda regain her belief in magic in time to save herself from certain death? The author sure knows how to build tension!
The hobgoblin stole my heart. Harry Wellcome was full of surprises and quite the character. Lord Slough was truly wonderful to hate. The cast of characters well entertained. Something author Barbara Monajem excels in book after book.
The moral of this story seems to be don’t be in a hurry to believe bad things about what people say about someone you know and trust, even when the confidante is your closest friend.
Author Bio from web site embracingromance.com: Barbara Monajem is the award-winning author of the Bayou Gavotte paranormal mysteries, as well as nine Regency novellas (some with magic, which she finds irresistible). She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays. She loves to hear from readers. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and of course her website.