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Book Title: Scandal of the Black Rose|
The author of the book: Debra Mullins
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Reader ratings: 6.5
Date of issue: January 31st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780060799236
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Not a bad book, but by no means inspiring - would be hard-pressed to recommend
This is the second book I've read by Debra Mullins - the first being Just One Touch, which wasn't my favorite historical romance of all time but an enjoyable read and better than Scandal of the Black Rose.
Convinced that her twin brother, Anthony, was not killed randomly by footpads, Anne Rosewood (20) is determined to discover more about the Black Rose Society - a mysterious club which she is certain is somehow responsible for her brother's murder. Her mission leads her into dangerous areas - a scandalous gathering in Vauxhall Gardens where she pretends to be a prostitute, sleuthing around a tavern in a disreputable part of town, and into the arms of a handsome and dangerous man who also happens to be her intended's cousin.
Roman Devereaux (33) has just resigned his commission and is now seeking employment in the diplomatic corps. He's struggled for 12 years to restore honor and respectability to his family's name - ever since his father ran off with the fiancee of his uncle (the now-deceased Earl of Haverford, father of the current Earl, Marc, who is Anne's intended). Because Rome made a promise to a dying comrade to look after the man's younger brother, he attends a masked gathering in Vauxhall Gardens to determine what type of crowd the young man has fallen in with ... and meets a lovely and sensuous young woman whom he can't get out of mind - and is shocked to later discover is respectable young Miss Anna Rosewood, who is almost certainly to marry into his family.
There wasn't really anything glaringly frustrating or bad about this novel, but although Anna and Rome were interesting characters and had good chemistry (about all they had with each other), there was a certain spark missing in the story and it just felt a little off.
Problems with the hero and heroine's relationship:
~ I didn't like that Anna and Roman go so far in their sexual relationship within the first thirty pages (granted he doesn't know she's not a prostitute, but she could have stopped him; she doesn't even know the man, or that he's a good guy - he could be a rapist!); would have preferred it just stuck to hot and heavy kissing
~ They go on a little excessively throughout the book about how much they want each other, remember "the feel of being in his/her arms," see desire in the other's eyes, etc.
~ They start talking of love far too early for the story, since they hardly know each other (and still don't IMO by the end of the book), but rather just share a mutual physical attraction
~ No matter that we want Anna and Rome to get together, they are being dishonest and disloyal towards Marc in their continued and furthered relationship - basically cheating (until everything becomes above-board at the way end - and is all tied up quite neatly, surprise-surprise, with no hurt feelings)
Problems with the plot: (*includes slight spoiler*)
~ The mystery subplot which is central to the story has a villain who is a complete surprise; we don't get any clues throughout the book that hint to the villain's correct identity (though Mullins does do a good job in throwing us off the path and making us suspect other characters in the book)
~ The problem of figuring out who's in the Society and disbanding it is all resolved quite quickly, easily, and anti-climatically
BOTTOM LINE and SIMILAR BOOKS:
This book is by no means bad, but it's not all that memorable. With so many great historical romances out there that one can't wait to reread the minute one finishes them, I would recommend reading one of those instead of buying this book or getting it from the library. Some of my favorites with mystery/action subplots include: Irresistible (Banning Sisters Trilogy, Book 2) by Karen Robards; A Notorious Love (Swanlea Spinsters, Book 2) by Sabrina Jeffries; Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas; The Hostage Bride (Bride Trilogy, Book 1) and The Least Likely Bride (Bride Trilogy, Book 3) by Jane Feather; Lord of Fire (Knight Miscellany, Book 2) by Gaelen Foley; After Midnight by Teresa Medeiros; and Lady Rogue by Suzanne Enoch.
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Read information about the author(from website)I hate writing bios. They always seem so cut and dried. But you came to my website to learn more about me, so here goes.
I’m the oldest of four sisters, and we are full-blooded Irish on our father’s side. Oh, and our house had one bathroom. If you have any questions about where I got my flair for drama, just imagine that scenario on a Saturday night when four teen-aged girls need to get ready for their dates all at the same time.
So, I am the writer in the family, though I always had a secret dream to be a torch singer. You know, like Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys. My voice is OK, but the only place I feel comfortable singing is in the shower, so that was out. Besides, my sister Kate would kill me. She’s the singer in the family. Seriously, she sang at Carnegie Hall once (yeah, as part of a choir and with the orchestra and a bunch of other people, but Carnegie Hall! How many people can say that and be telling the truth?)
Anyway, I settled on writer and left the singing to Kate. My other two sisters are both artists, and no, they don’t have anything in the Louvre, but my sister Christine paints her house constantly, always changing the décor in her kids’ rooms. So you see? Creative impetus will out, and there’s no stopping it. Better to just give in and have the chocolate standing by for those moments of Artistic Frustration.
After giving up my torch singer aspirations (but before I fully accepted that I am A Writer) I gave serious thought to a practical career. The term “starving artist” was not conceived out of whimsy, you know, and I did have a fondness for food and shelter. So, soon after high school, I considered a career as a simultaneous interpreter for the UN.
I heard you giggle. Yes, I did. So let me clarify by adding that I have a gift for languages and had already taken several years of Spanish, French and Italian by the time I graduated high school, AND I had done the exchange thing in France, where I lived for a summer with a family, speaking nothing but French. So there.
Ahem. Anyway, in order to be a simultaneous interpreter, you need to know five languages. I had four under my belt (since I do know grammar and punctuation, I consider English the fourth language). I just had to learn one more language.
But that never happened. I chose True Love over College, then got married and started a family young.
Yes, you can laugh now.
Anyway, years pass. I gave in to my natural tendency to be a storyteller and started working on the one thing I had ever finished—a hand-written, 100 page “novel” about a Spanish pirate that I had completed in junior high. As an adult, I still felt there was a story there. That novel evolved into my first published work, ONCE A MISTRESS (Written in English, though my pirate does say cool Spanish words like mi amor and mi querida. Sigh. Swoon!) In 1996, ONCE A MISTRESS was a finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart competition run by Romance Writers of America. Two years later—OK, on January 26, 1998 at 4:06PM—Avon Books called and offered to publish my opus.
So there you go. I’ve written eight more books since then, often utilizing my knowledge of other languages for flavor. I visited the old West with DONOVAN’S BED and THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER. (Oh, and DONOVAN’S BED was a finalist for RWA’s RITA Award for Best Short Historical in 2001, which is like an Oscar nomination in the land of romance writing. How cool is that?) Then I visited the Regency era. I won the NJ Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical (2003) with A NECESSARY BRIDE. In 2005, THREE NIGHTS… was nominated for Best Historical Romance in competition for Virginia Romance Writers’ prestigious Holt Medallion.
All of my Regency historicals have been optioned as featured selections by Doubleday Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club. My books have also been translated into Hungarian, Russian, and Portuguese f
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