Crowned and Dangerous – Rhys Bowen

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5/5 Irish Estates

On The Back:

Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules…

With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to make me his wife!

Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand.

Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it—for better or worse.

My Thoughts:

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and Berkley. This title will be released on August 2, 2016. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.*

I want to start by saying that Rhys Bowen is one of the absolute best cozy/historical mysteries that has ever written. Everything she writes is golden and I count myself a fan! This book absolutely fulfilled my expectations and I hope that the ‘Georgie’ books continue for years to come.

Georgie is a character that I compare other characters to. That’s how good she is. She’s smart, cunning, but clumsy, and naive. It all wraps up in a package that is absolutely wonderful to read about! I was slightly disappointed that the ending/cliff-hanger of the last book didn’t carry over into this one, (all stuff you can read on the back cover, so it’s not spoilers) however I hope it’s remedied in the next book.

The mystery was wonderful, however in all of Ms. Bowen’s books, it takes a backseat to the superb characters. I didn’t even guess who the culprit was until the end. Also, the end was absolutely wonderful, and I hope we go back to Ireland in future books.

Overall an absolutely wonderful book. I will read this series for as long as it’s written. Highly recommend!

 

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