Review: Punish Me with Roses by Juliet Moore

Punish Me with Roses book cover

Title: Punish Me with Roses

Author: Juliet Moore

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services?

Format: Kindle

Pages: 184

Release Date: October 15, 2011

Genre: Romance – Victorian/Historical

Available at: Amazon

Summary: When her arrogant and politically ambitious cousin and his valet are found dead in their rooms, Victoria Clavering becomes the number one suspect in their murders, even in her own mind. She escapes to Cornwall to visit an uncle she has never met, unaware that she is running right into the clutches of the suspicious relatives of the valet who are out to prove she committed the crimes.

One of these relatives is Alexander Trevelyn, whose job it is to earn her trust and induce her confession. He gets more than he bargains for however, when he finds Victoria is not the cold-hearted greedy woman he was hoping to discover.

Inexplicably drawn together, Victoria and Alexander undertake to solve the many mysteries surrounding her uncle’s life and the deaths of Victoria’s cousin and his valet, all the while falling head over heels for each other.

Review: When I selected this book to read, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, since I have never read any of Juliet Moore’s work before. Many of her Amazon reviews spoke of editing so bad it was impossible to finish the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case at all. Were there things missed in editing? Yes. But no more than any other book I’ve seen. All of them were easily figured out as you were reading.

As for the style, I loved the writer’s easy flow of writing. Something about her writing, that je ne se quois, made me not want to put this down. Just enough detail to set the scene, but nothing that distracted me from the story itself. The characters were believable and easy for me to connect to. The heat level is listed as subtle and it was that, though maybe on the sweet side of subtle. All the loose ends of the plot came together at the end.

With that being said, although the resolution was complete and the story ended happily, it wasn’t quite as well developed as I was hoping; it seemed to end too abruptly. But that would be my only complaint of the entire novel. Remarkably well conceived and written.

Recommendation: I would definitely read more from this author. Her writing style is intriguing and her story was compelling. In fact, I’ve already downloaded Hidden Heiress for my next read. To Punish Me with Roses, I give a four quill rating:four quills

Punish Me with Roses by Juliet Moore is a must-read. You won’t want to put it down.


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