A Devilish Slumber by Shereen Vedam #Review
Posted by brriske
BEAUTY AWOKE, AND THEN THE TROUBLE BEGAN . . .
Since dealing with the death of her sister, and her abandonment by Sir Phillip Jones—the man who professed to love her—Lady Roselyn Ravenstock has lived as if sleepwalking. Mired in grief, she sequestered herself in her home, avoiding all callers. Then she meets Mrs. Helen Beaumont, and Rose starts to come to life . . . until Helen is murdered. But this time, Rose isn’t going back to sleep. Vowing to avenge her friend, Rose dons a costume and goes out into the night looking for a killer.
Sir Phillip, the Regent’s favored spy, returns from war determined to win back the woman he was forced to leave three years ago. But when he witnesses Rose covered in blood, racing from a brutal scene while gripping the murder weapon, he goes on a desperate mission to unravel what he hopes is a case of mistaken identity.
The investigation leads Rose into a world of enchantment, where people can reshape their features, fires are begun with a snap of fingers, and objects move of their own accord. But the real magic is the blazing attraction that is re-awakened between her and Phillip.
Will Rose ever get her happily ever after? Possibly. But first, she’ll have to convince Phillip of her innocence—before the killer strikes again. . . .
This is the first book in the Rue Alliance series and ends in an HEA. This book is set in Victorian London. Every unmarried woman must travel with a chaperone. Men have a lot more freedom than women. Rose lost her beloved sister, Eve, and uncle to an accident 3 years prior. Her beau at the time, Phillip, was actually an officer trying to capture Eve and the uncle in a sting. Phillip was kept away from Rose through many different circumstances and unable to really explain that his feelings for Rose were real.
>Rose becomes somewhat of a recluse, until a woman makes her acquaintance. This woman mysteriously writes to Phillip for help and when he goes to the warehouse to meet her, he sees Rose running with a bloody knife and the woman dead by a knife wound. The paranormal enters in to the story as it is revealed that Rose and Eve can shift their features. Rose goes undercover to help in the investigation as a man and ends up working with Phillip. I enjoyed seeing Victorian London through a male perspective. Even though their manners were much more formal in public, in private the men still act like men, betting on when women will give in to temptation, gambling, loose behavior and the like.
>The story is a fun mystery with a paranormal twist. The plot wasn’t too hard to figure out, but seeing how Phillip will figure it all out was fun. Rose and her alter ego, Ben were fun to watch. I especially like Ben’s interactions with Phillip and how Phillip was confused as to why Ben reminded him of Rose. The friends that Rose discovers all have very interesting traits and personalities that will make for great future stories.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. Nothing was specifically described, but there was enough implied to make the romance shine. I give the book 5 stars.