Release Date: Feb 10, 2019
Series: The Palace of Rogues
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Fun and fresh historical romance to chase away the winter blues.
In Long’s newest release readers get to venture far from Mayfair and see a story of love for those who don’t have all the money in the world. I think that’s what I enjoyed the most about this story is the setting being not around the ton, but in environment that naturally lends to more struggle and hardship. From hero and heroine, to the cast of secondary characters – there is a variety of walks of life. Long has always been able to successfully create a world I wouldn’t mind being a part of.
Heroine Delilah is the widow of a lord who left her high and dry. I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying she teems up with her dead husband’s mistress in venture to hopefully give them a future without having to rely on men. It’s a grand dream, but when you set up shop in an old whore house near the docks, there is bound to be a few issues. I loved Delilah. Her determination is inspiring and relatable; she’s also got a heaping of optimism which is hard to find when everything in your life is going wrong.
The hero, Captain Tristan Hardy is no gentlemen. Nope, he came from the worst part of London, never knew his father, and rose steadily through military ranks to become the King’s hunter of smugglers. He lands on Delilah’s door in search of contraband, of the smoking variety. Meeting Delilah throws him for a loop, a career man, he’s never been twitter pated, until now.
While I think Hardy has a lot to recommend him, there are a few things I didn’t enjoy about the hero. I don’t appreciate his subterfuge of his purpose or the fact he seems to care very little for Delilah’s own future or reputation. Though there is plenty to be said for a woman who can get a man to start to consider different schools of though. Delilah does that for Captain Hardy. She also awakens him to feelings of love, appreciation, and kindness. Those types of things he’s never needed in great supply until meeting our heroine. Then Captain Hardy’s groveling is A++. If you love a good grovel, this guy does a fabulous job.
Outside of characters, the story has a fun plot, flows easily, and gripped my attention with ease. Similar to Tessa Dare, Long has an amazing talent for ending her chapters on a hook. Humor is abundant in dialogue and situations from the list of rules Delilah has created for her guests to follow to the guests themselves.
Overall, this is a nice start to a new series, that’s a guess on my part because I only know of one additional book.