Low Language, Moderate Romance, Moderate Violence, Three Stars

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Confession: I’m a happily ever after kind of girl. That’s one of the reasons I love my book club, it forces me to read books outside my comfort zone. Otherwise I would never read a scary, sad, depressing, fill in the blank with anything that is not happy, kind of book. And I really do appreciate those kind of books, they’re just not my go to first choice :).  The Devil in Beauty by Heidi Ashworth though it ends well for some, didn’t necessarily give the main character a happily ever after.

“Julian “Trev” Silvester, the Marquis of Trevelin, once had everything a gentleman could want–fortune, good looks, and enough charm to seduce the beautiful young ladies of the ton. But after a duel with a jealous duke leaves him disfigured, Trev is ostracized by those who once celebrated him. Though his life is irrevocably changed, Trev is still loyal to his friends. When Willy Gilbert is accused of murder and Lady Vawdrey’s diamond necklace is stolen, he jumps at the chance to help them. As the two cases merge, however, Trev finds an unlikely ally in Miss Desdemona Woodmansey, but Trev and Desdemona are placed in grave danger.”

The Devil in Beauty: A Lord Trevelin Mystery (The Lord Trevelin Mysteries Book 1) by [Ashworth, Heidi]

One of the things that I appreciated about this book is the point of view it’s written in. It’s completely from the male characters point of view. You don’t find books set in this time period that are first person point of view strictly from the guy. I thought it was creative and unique.

I’m also a big fan of what’s been termed “regency” era type books. However I must admit I’m not well versed in 1800’s dialogue and while I can appreciate the historical relevancy, sometimes if a books dialogue to too entrenched in the 1800s I have a hard time connecting with the plot as I’m constantly tripping over the dialogue.

I love the idea of seeing beyond appearances, and that appearances, both good and bad, can be deceiving. However instead of feeling mystery and intrigue about Lord Trevelin’s unfortunate scar, I was just confused. I understood the need to create the air of mystery but I would have liked to have a little bit more background about the main character sometime during the book.

That’s probably why I was so excited to read the little Novella A Gift for Lord Trevelin. This story was first published as The Lord Who Sneered in “The Lord Who Sneered and Other Tales: A Regency Holiday Anthology.

A Gift for Lord Trevelin: A Novella by [Ashworth, Heidi]

Reading it not only gave Lord Trevelin a happily ever after, it also gave us his back story! I loved that we were able to see him find someone to accept him as he is and grant him a glimpse at his own worth. It was a short and sweet love story. I think I’m going to need to go back and read The Devil in Beauty again with this deeper insight into the main character.  –N.C.

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