THE DEADLIEST SIN
Brava Books/Kensington Publishing Corp.
$14.00 US/ $16.95 CAN
Rating: 2 cups
Julia Woolcott is a woman who is more prone to read a book than to flirt with men. From a very young age, she and her sister were raised by their aunt, Meredith, who kept them sheltered from the world around them.
Alexander Strathmore has made it his life to explore the world around him and beyond. His travels have led him to some exotic places, but there is one secret that has eluded him.
Julia has published a botany book that attracts the attention of Sir Simon Wadsworth. Wadsworth invites Julia to his country estate under the guise of having her photograph his property. Instead, she finds herself in attendance at a scandalous weekend. Alexander has been sent to the party to kill Julia, but instead finds himself attracted to her. Montagu Faron wants to wound Julia’s aunt, Meredith, as she wounded him years before. Disposing of her nieces seems to be the thing that will hurt her the most. What he was not counting on was Julia to be a headstrong, independent woman who will fight for those she loves.
This story has a very interesting concept, but it just never really captured my attention. From page one, the reader is thrown right into the tale without a clue as to what is going on. The reader is almost halfway through the book before they can begin to understand the plot. It seems as if this book picks up where another left off, except this is the first novel by Ms. Richards. I would have liked to see more of a lead-in to this tale to help the reader grasp the characters connections to one another, because I truly believe this would have been an exceptional story.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More