Historical Romance THE WICKED TRUTH

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She’s a proper lady, but the rumors say she’s loose. How did it all come to this?

Ever since her father died, Elizabeth had been ostracized by London high society because of the unfounded rumors that she is a loose and vulgar woman. But she had one friend who believed her—Terry. In order to protect her reputation, Terry even proposed to her! Terry’s uncle, the Earl of Havington, flew into a rage when he heard of the proposal and confronted Elizabeth, giving her a terrifying ultimatum. She must disappear from Terry’s life or the earl will take any measure necessary to make her disappear.

About the Author

Lyn Stone studied art and worked in Europe while she visited the places she now writes about in her historicals. It was when she was working as an illustrator that she had the idea of trying to freelance romance novel covers. But, while studying the market on covers, she became firmly hooked on the contents of the books and decided to try writing instead! Lyn loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website guestbook at:

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Loved despite her virtue under fire 4  4

Historical romances are one of my favorites, and I thought one of the reasons was because unnecessary "bed before vows" was less prevolent with the men being gentlemen and all. Maybe I've just been lucky do far, because thid one didn't fit that bill - minus 1 star. That said, every other aspect of this story was enjoyable. We have a murder mystery and a romance wrapped up into one, and while I suspected a certain individual might have something to do with the murders and threats, he was involved to a much greater degree than I suspected and I give credit to the artist for keeping the mystery intact. The romance side of it seemed to shift from questioning to innocence rather abruptly. Considering that the heroine herself started to play into the rumors, along with the 'bed before vows', I didn't expect a 'not guilty' verdidct, so much as a "I don't care about your past if you love me now,", but once the hero changed his mind, he was quite adamant. It was rather nice, though. I also appreciated the excellent illustrations. I 'm sure I'll end up reading it again, even if it's just to appreciate the art again.

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under the rumors 5  5

I do like a victorian mystery romance setting, it get real good. The heroine is a scandalous creature with no sense of dignity, as told by the local gossipers and such. The poor heroine can't take it anymore and despite her only friend's encouragement and his proposal, she plans to run to the countryside and live her days out in solace. Such a thing doesn't happen because the hero is there to tell her to not marry his nephew, the heroine's friend. The heroine says she rejected his proposal but the hero doesn't believe. He keeps accusing and leaves but watches when the heroine leaves and thinks she's gone to run to the friend. So, in the next 12 hours, he kidnaps the heroine from her inn, holds her captive, and receives a message from his detective friend that his nephew has been murdered. The detective thinks it may be the heroine but the hero shows her and they realize there's a killer at large. So the three team up to find the killer. It's a dark web that seems to lead back to the heroine who reveals of the strange things like men coming into her room at night, a poisoned drink, and such. During this time, the hero starts to see the heroine for who she truly is and not what the rumors state. They have a special night when the hero is drunk as a skunk and can't remember much of that night. So, the heroine pretends it never happened. They realize the heroine is the target after she's nearly shot in the head, the whole incident makes the hero realize something else: he's in love with the heroine. He asks the heroine to marry him but she rejects it. Later, as they get closer to the truth, more people die making it mystery more dangerous. I won't say anymore for the sake of ruining this fun harlequin but there is a happy ending that you will like and I definitely recommend this book for renting.

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