When I first started the book, I was pretty scared that I wasn't gonna like it. The last book from this series was a DNF for me. And the first couple of chapter did not impress me much either. But I was really happy how Mary made a comeback with a new and improved personality when she and West first became privy to the assassination plot. After that, the book maintained its momentum and was very entertaining all round. I do however feel like the Duchess and her circumstances were not properly addressed. The author focuses on the trauma that returning soldiers face and how they should not be victimized but rather treated so that they could be healthy again. But what about the trauma that women in domestic abuse have to deal with? Should they not be extended the same courtesy instead of being labeled as villains or flat out ignored? I will say though that there were some good thoughtful points in the story relating to domestic abuse so kudos for that.
The main couple was cute but they were addled with Plot Induced Stupidity. The mystery in this novel was sort of laughably easy to figure out -- I called the main culprit and the "twist" before 50%. The fact that they couldn't put the obvious pieces together while it was staring them right in the face was frustrating. The chemistry they had as a couple could only carry the book so far when the other half of it was focused on the "mystery".
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