For years Ben has been dogged by painful gossip about his father's rumored homosexuality. His gruff shell hides a passionate nature, and he's also fiercely loyal - which is why he'll never let the clever and beguiling Lady Barbara pin a murder on his cousin.
Sparks fly as the two compete to defend their loved ones. But as strange new clues emerge that neither can decipher alone, they have no choice but to compare notes and sleuth in tandem. A tenuous bond develops that soon faces its toughest challenge when Ben himself becomes a suspect.
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By Lady Wesley on 02-03-15
Excellent combination of mystery and romance
A Tryst With Trouble is written with impressive competence and a feel for Regency-era language. Lizzie Owensby does an excellent job of narrating.
It is written in first-person, alternating between the Marquess of Beningbrough ("Ben") and Lady Barbara Jeffords, who begin as antagonists and end up as a pair of sleuths trying to solve a murder in which both his cousin Teddy and her sister Helen are suspects.
I'm not a big fan of first-person, but it does offer a talented author the chance to set up clever he said/she heard moments. For example:
[Barbara] His drowsy gaze was roaming over me, those gray eyes traveling past my face and down my evening gown of slate georgette. It might have been flattering if I hadn’t known he disliked me, and if he hadn’t just admitted to checking his cousin for blood. Now it appeared he was doing the same to me. . . . He realized I’d caught him studying me and looked away. “It wasn’t Teddy,” he said, his voice curiously husky.
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[Ben] What was I doing? Losing my train of thought, deep in contemplation of Lady Barbara Jeffords’ breasts. . . . And she caught me staring. Good Lord, I couldn’t even remember what she’d been saying. So I just mumbled, “It wasn’t Teddy,” which, thank God, seemed to satisfy her.
As their investigation continues, the couple becomes more trustful of one another and more tempted by mutual lust. There is also an interesting backstory about Ben's father, the Duke of Ormesby, who is widely believed to be a homosexual despite his long-time marriage to Ben's mother. Ever since Ben learned about this, from taunting boys at school, he has resented his father for using his mother and for exposing his only son to such hurtful rumors. As the story progresses, Ben comes to understand and appreciate both of his parents, but it would be a spoiler to explain how that happens.
If I have any criticism of the book, it is because the story is more mystery than romance. It's a smoothly done mystery, however, which many romance authors are unable to pull off.
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By sandy on 18-10-13
couldn't put it down
great who done it book, even though I knew who did it almost from the beginning, it didn't seem to matter. great narration, great story, you will enjoy it.
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