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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Review: Truly Yours

By Barbara Metzger

Alone in the world, Amanda Carville has no dowry, no reputation left, and no one who believes her to be innocent of murder, since she was found holding the gun that killed her stepfather. Viscount Rexford also has his troubles. He's scarred by war, and cursed-or blessed-with the family trait of knowing the truth when he hears it, and his success at extracting the truth from military prisoners has left many doubting his honor and his methods. When Amanda tells him she didn't do it, he believes her. Tired of the truth business, Rex refuses to get involved...until his heart leaves him no choice.

Be prepared to stay up late to finish TRULY YOURS; this latest historical mystery is as engrossing as it is romantic.

Amanda Carville hated her stepfather. He stole her mother’s joy then he stole her life, he stole her inheritance, and now he has taken any chance of escaping his household away from her. Once she discovers the lies he is perpetrating, she is livid and vows to confront the villain. The only problem is, when Amanda returns home early from Almack’s, she finds Sir Fredrick Hawley already dead on his study floor. Getting caught with the murder weapon in her hand only lands her in prison, accused of the crime. Now she is an outcast, left alone to die in prison; no money, no family, and no reason to live any longer.

Jordan, Viscount Rexford, or Rex as he is called, is gifted with the ability to tell if a person is lying. Like all of the men in the Royce lineage, it is a double edged sword; they are ostracized if their ability becomes known. Going off to war to prove his mettle, Rex’s father arranged for young Rex and his cousin Daniel to be placed out of harm’s way, thus they became the Inquisitors, feared by one and all, called torturers and worse. Now Rex is back and trying to heal the scars of war and put his life back together. When his father sends him to London to save the life of this young woman, Rex has severe misgivings. What happens if she truly is guilty? How will he keep from falling in love with the lovely woman?

A beautifully portrayed murder mystery that will delight fans of historical and paranormal romance, TRULY YOURS is an all around satisfying read. Amanda and Rex wormed their way into this reader’s heart from the beginning. Both are wounded souls who find the missing piece of themselves in each other. With vivid descriptions of time and place, author Barbara Metzger pulls the reader right into Regency London, a willing participant in solving the mystery and becoming a part of the close knit family unit surrounding Rex, Daniel and Amanda. The secondary cast is a brilliant mix from Verity the mastiff to Daniel and the villains and Bow Street Runners as well. There is never a lull in the story. A grand addition to any historical lover’s library, TRULY YOURS is a treasure.

Review by Wisteria