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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Eyton by Lynne Connolly

Eyton by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Length: Full (193 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Scandal, murder and passion—an ordinary day for Richard and Rose.

Richard and Rose, Book 5

When Richard and Rose visit his family estate in Derbyshire to celebrate the christening of their firstborn, Rose comes face to face with some hard realities about the powerful Kerre family. The vast majority of them are far from delighted with Richard’s choice of wife. Plus, they think a man who shares his bed with his wife every night must have something wrong with him.

Rose is driven half mad by Richard’s overly careful love for her. Somewhere underneath that smooth, sophisticated surface lies the passionate, intense lover she longs for—and she takes steps to seduce that savage lover back into her bed.

Their joyous occasion is marred by the theft of a valuable necklace. Richard’s family looks to him to solve the crime—but something isn’t adding up. Evidence pointing to two trusted servants seems too convenient…and then they’re murdered.

From the tangle of jealousies, secrets and desperate lies, Richard and Rose once again dance on the edge of danger to achieve justice—without dragging the family name into public scandal.

Eyton, the fifth book in the Richard and Rose series, was an interesting book that kept me guessing throughout the story.

I have not read the other books in this series, but I was able to follow this one without a problem. Lynne Connolly knows her history, and it shows in every word of this wonderful story. I felt thrown back to an earlier era and loved it.

This is a book filled with romantic love, well done, and a murder mystery. Richard and his wife Rose go to his family's estate in Derbyshire. It starts as a joyous occasion, the celebration of their baby's christening. Richard and Rose have great chemistry, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them.

The happy beginning takes a bad turn though. Someone at the estate steals an expensive necklace. It's the start of a juicy mystery. It gets worse. Things get really complicated when two men are murdered. Richard and Rose investigate. They are brilliant, and as the story unfolds, the reader is likely to be drawn deeper into the tale of these engaging characters and those around them. Can Richard and Rose see that justice is served without the family suffering a public scandal?

The pacing and tension are just right. Watching the characters solve the mystery is quite entertaining, and the added romance between Rickard and Rose only adds to the charm of this story. I recommend this book to others who love historical fiction and am likely to pick up the other books in the series.