Published by Lyrical Press on October 11th 2016
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It is up to the Emperors of London to protect the throne—without risking their hearts…
Governess Eve Merton would have fallen into serious trouble on her walk home if a handsome stranger had not stopped to help her. But when Mr. Vernon gives her a lift on his horse, he makes no secret of his attraction. As a well brought-up young lady, Eve does her best not to notice, but when he sets about courting her, she knows she’s in trouble. For she has a secret: she is the daughter of a deposed king, which means not only is she without a dowry, but also that her life is in danger… Little does Eve know that Mr. Vernon has secrets of his own. In truth, his name is Julius, Lord Winterton, and he’s well aware that Eve is the offspring of the Old Pretender. In order to save his sister, he must convince Eve to wed—though he wants nothing to do with love. But as the two grow closer and an attempt is made on Eve’s life, Julius may realize that fighting his heart’s true desire is a battle most pleasurably surrendered… “Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart.” —Desiree Holt “Plots, deviousness and passion galore…a truly enjoyable read.” –Fresh Fiction on Temptation Has Green Eyes
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
Veiled In Blue is the sixth book in ‘The Emperors of London’ series by Lynne Connolly. I haven’t read any of the previous books and although this one can be read as a stand alone one, I think if I had read the other books first I would have a better understanding of those ‘Emperors’. From the web site of the author I have found this about the family:
‘Once upon a time…the Duke of Kirkburton and his four sisters made a pact. Instead of naming their children George, Charlotte or something mundane, they decided to name their children after great Emperors and Empresses of the past. The Duke named his own children Julius Caesar, Augustus and Helena. Saddled with these names, the family became known as the Emperors of London.’
It’s up to the Emperors to protect the throne, without risking their hearts, that has been the story line throughout all the books. That brings us to this one.
This is the story of Julius, Lord Winterton. His mother, controlling harridan that she is, has decided it is high time for Julius to marry. She plans a ball where she has invited the women she deems fit for him to choose from and she expects him to attend to make his choice. At the same time as he finds out about the ball, he has also been told of a woman who is one of a few illegitimate offspring of the ‘Old Pretender’. He decides to kill two birds with one stone, burn off some steam, keeping his mind off the upcoming ball, and also making sure that the woman in question is safe from some people, one lot wanting her dead if they knew about her, and the other kidnapping her to force an alliance by marriage.
Eve Merton is the woman in question, she knows she is supposed to be of Stuart blood, but she believes it’s all nonsense and only sees herself as the governess that she is. She lives a simple life and has no expectation of marriage because she has no dowry, plus the supposed secret over her head that she is the deposed king’s daughter.
When Julius and Eve meet it’s lust at first sight. He introduces himself as a business man, his disguise for this mission, and when they spend time together Eve finds herself falling for him. As for Julius, he seems to believe he isn’t capable of love, but he is definitely capable of lust. It’s during one of those lustful moments, a stolen moment with Eve, where they are found in a compromising situation. Julius offers to marry her, and after much discussion and heartfelt moments, she agrees. Julius is more than happy because not only will he be able to keep Eve safe now that she is to be with him all the time, but he will also have the satisfaction of taking her to his mother’s ball and letting them all know he is a married man. There is one thing he has to deal with first, and that is telling Eve that he isn’t just a business man, he is a Lord, who will one day inherit an Earldom. He is sure she loves him enough to forgive him his omission, or at least he hopes so.
Does she forgive him? Can he keep her safe if still if she doesn’t? During the story there are two attempts at her life, will there be a third?
This was an interesting story for me because although there was the intrigue and worry behind the fact that we know Eve is in danger, the story line definitely focused more on the relationship between Eve and Julius. Of course you have to have subplots in a story, but I like them a little more balanced than I found them to be in this book. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the story, I did, and I do recommend it. I am just not sure if I want to read the other books in the series.
I voluntarily read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.