This story started out engaging enough. Viola is living as the daughter of an estate manager. Julian is the young lord whose family hers serves. They grew up together as children, but eventually had to put an end to their friendship, as society dictated. Now, they are reunited and their childhood affection has been replaced with an adult attraction. That might have been something they could fight or ignore, until dangerous circumstances thrust them together, destroying all but the pretense of propriety.
You see, Viola is actually the hidden daughter of a royal line. It was a secret so closely guarded that neither she nor Julian knew about it. But somehow, the truth of her birth has made it to the wrong hands, making her a target of those who would want her dead –and others who would use her lineage to manipulate themselves into royalty. Julian is determined to make sure neither side will have her. He makes it his mission to get her to safety, even if it means becoming her personal protector.
All of this was fine. There was some ok sexual tension in the beginning, and both characters were generally likeable. But there was so much talk about the Old Pretender and the Young Pretender and these various factions vying for the crown, I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t care what was going on. Perhaps if you like some political wrangling and whatnot in your historical romance, you’ll like it, but it distracted me from the romance.
As for the romance, itself, I liked it well enough at first, but it grew tepid as the story continued. There was plenty of sex, but just not much to really hook me on their feelings. Viola pretty much started out in love with Julian, and despite some very minor concerns about whether their class differences would come between them, there really wasn’t any doubt or obstacle to their HEA.
And I have to mention that some of the language is… eye rolling. From talk of their mingling private hair… to her juices… to unlikely dialogue, frankly there were times I wanted to skim.
The book’s not terrible, but the more I read, the less I wanted to read. Fortunately, just when I was about to put it down, it ended. I don’t think I would read any others from this series.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Dilemma in Yellow Silk
by Lynne Connolly
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press