Moonstone Obsession by Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Published by Etopia Press on October 18, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Secrets, scandal, and passion…
Selina Rosewall had given up on love, but while helping her brother further his merchant fleet business, she meets Sir James Mitchell, Lord of Penventen. Their attraction is mutual, but what James wants from the relationship goes further—much further—than Selina could have expected. And she learns that in the world of the Ton, scandal and deceit are commonplace.
For Sir James Mitchell, Lord of Penventen, it’s hard to say which is more dangerous: being a spy or being considered husband material by the Ladies of the Ton. With political machinations threatening to draw England into the violent wake of the French Revolution, the last thing James expected was to fall in love with Selina Rosewall, daughter of an untitled seafaring family. But when James’ investigation stirs up a hornet’s nest, can he protect Selena from danger that threatens her very life?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
An intriguing love story…
I really enjoyed Moonstone Obsession and was excited to be given the opportunity to read and review this for my friend Elizabeth Ellen Carter.
I loved our main characters Selina and James. This story starts with a ball that they both attend. Selina is there with her brother and this is her first social outing to try and find a match. James has come to the ball to keep his mother happy…which is hard to do and also to find a suitable wife. Selina is a pretty woman with no title, but it doesn’t take long for the couple to meet and form an attraction. Unfortunately, James has been connected to a conniving witch named Abigail who has her claws in him and does not want to let him loose.
There are many intrigues within the story that both characters become involved in. James has a friendship with the Prime Minister and he works for him undercover. Selina becomes involved because of her brother’s shipping business, but her knowledge of shipping and the French language also help. The mystery is a major part of the story and kept the pace moving well.
Ms. Carter has a wonderful way of describing a scene. She gives vivid descriptions of costumes and furniture which makes it easier to see what the characters are seeing and feeling. Her knowledge of the times is obvious. I loved her descriptions when the clothes changed from wide skirts to wet dresses and the shock to the characters to have so much exposed. It made me stop and step out of the story to think – if they only knew what we’re wearing now…
There is a deep connection between the main characters with some sensual love scenes, but also a great communication between Selina and James. Some wonderful side characters are introduced with family and friends that you wonder are friend or foe.
This was Ms. Carter’s first release and I think she did a marvelous job. My only negative was I think it was a little too long. With so much detail thrown at us, it sometimes dragged and I also felt that there may have been too many unnecessary twists in the plot.
Overall I loved Moonstone Obsession and will definitely be reading more from this author. Thanks again Ms. Carter for giving me a copy of your wonderful story.
Rating: 4 Stars.
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