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I am so torn I really liked the first book in this series, but the last two were disappointments for me I was hoping this one would belike the first one, but I just couldn t connect with this book And I loved Romain s earlier books This book has a lot going for it slow burn romance with two great characters, friends to lovers, independent heroine who works for a living, decent hero who worries about his family, is kind to strangers, and has a scientific mind But The thing is, I loa I am so torn I really liked the first book in this series, but the last two were disappointments for me I was hoping this one would belike the first one, but I just couldn t connect with this book And I loved Romain s earlier books This book has a lot going for it slow burn romance with two great characters, friends to lovers, independent heroine who works for a living, decent hero who worries about his family, is kind to strangers, and has a scientific mind But The thing is, I loathe this new trend in historical romance where we dress people up in period costumes and otherwise throw all pretense out the window I don t understand why these books can t just be published as contemporary romances, because if I want a female investigator whose only claim to gentility, if I paid attention correctly, was a grandfather who was a gentleman marrying the son of a Duke, that s where I d go look for it I know these days you can t expect much accuracy from these historical romances, but really The first son of a duke hiring a female Bow Street Runner who is accepted and tolerated by the magistrate and everyone else she works with granted, she s not officially a Runner, but her brother is, and she always works with him and receives payment for it to investigate a crime that involves ten high ranking members of the aristocracy who started a fund ten years ago which would go to the last surviving member and who are now dying one by one I should never have requested this based on this premise And don t even get me started on the hero s magic penis I m not kidding She could have lasted forever, falling under the spell of his cock I was rooting for those two to get together, because I really liked them, but honestly That was just too much for me This might work for fans of similar authors Tessa Dare and Valerie Bowman come to mind , but sadly, I did not enjoy this very much There s nothing wrong with this book it s just not my thing SORRY 2.5 stars I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I enjoyed the first two books in this seriesand then I felt like Ms Romain simply lost her way Book three started with a strong premise and two compelling leads and then faltered, and this book Well, I can t lie It s a mess and a miss The author assumes we knowabout these two principal characters from the get go, and spends little time investing us or them in their backstory or lives or the suspense premise that initially brings them into each others orbit The novel tediously I enjoyed the first two books in this seriesand then I felt like Ms Romain simply lost her way Book three started with a strong premise and two compelling leads and then faltered, and this book Well, I can t lie It s a mess and a miss The author assumes we knowabout these two principal characters from the get go, and spends little time investing us or them in their backstory or lives or the suspense premise that initially brings them into each others orbit The novel tediously meanders until eventually reaching an unsatisfying conclusion Okay Where to start I was disoriented by the opening sequence trying and failing to recollect whose PoV we were following and then once I finally sorted that out, I was confused all over again as multiple story lines abruptly begin A stabbing, a runaway lover Bow Street runner, a cheating wife, a marquess materializing out of thin airI could go on but won t Suffice it to say, the opening is complicated and initially relies too much on familiarity with the series and the heroine whose PoV we are trying to follow Friends I was lost from the start, and things never improved.While I eventually decided I liked both principal characters Cass is a beleaguered quasi unofficial Bow Street Runner look I m not an expert on the time period but this character strikes all sorts of alarm bells with me who essentially lives her life in service to her lazy spoiled slightly slutty twin brother, and George is a lonely camera obscura enthusiast right okay whom everyone loves but for some unknown reason, no one wants they have very little chemistry and even less in common I had a hard time buying into their reason for spending time together Cass impersonates a notorious relation of his in order to pursue an investigation and essentially everyone just leaves these 2 single ready to mingle adults on their own to dowell, whatever they want to The investigation that unites them is related to a tontine bet George s father and godfather participated in decades ago George suspects a murderer is eliminating the surviving tontine participants and that his father and godfather are in danger The men in question aren t nearly as concerned but since it s the premise of the story, their opinions don t matter George and Cass forge ahead with their investigation although very little of their investigation makes it into this story.George and Cass work together to find the killer and enlist their friends super villain heart of gold Angelus, lovebirds Callum Jenks his wife Isabel, a pick pocket whore detective in training mannequin, and Charlie the twin to help Nothing really happens except they fall deep in love with each other Oh you missed that part Me too There is no relationship development in this story just your garden variety pining and some sexual longing and oversharing about Cass s sex life In case you missed that last bit They pine They get a peek at each other s secret lives before all THE LONGING AND THE PINING AND THE LUSTING and then Cass tells George she s ready for them to have sex AND THEN THERE ARE FEELINGS CONFUSED FEELINGS AND LONGING AND PINING AND LUSTING AND DOUBTS And threats.Onwards view spoiler George me is fed up with Cass s dithering over wanting to be with him but not deserving him she can t solve this dumb case and tells her to beat it She pours her heart out to her useless brother when they finally have a conversation about the case, she puts it all together after her brother realizes he s been a selfish dick and provides her with a very important piece of information that solves the case hide spoiler If you don t want to read the spoiler and really it s very general and won t ruin the book for you suffice it to say, not much happens in the second half Lots of longing, pining, frustration and little investigating The big reveal is anti climatic ridiculous and I just couldn t wait for it to be over.I hate to say it, but I can t recommend this novel I hope Ms Romain s next effort is an improvement on these last two books or I m out I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewThe ton isbloodthirsty than I ever knew as a youth Fancy betting on one s survival at the expense of othersFourth in the Royal Rewards series, we have a not quite official Bow Street Runner and a marquess Cass works with her twin brother Charles at Bow Street but basically shoulders most of the work while George is experimenting with his camera ob I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewThe ton isbloodthirsty than I ever knew as a youth Fancy betting on one s survival at the expense of othersFourth in the Royal Rewards series, we have a not quite official Bow Street Runner and a marquess Cass works with her twin brother Charles at Bow Street but basically shoulders most of the work while George is experimenting with his camera obscura and basically just passing time until he inherits the dukedom George loves his gambling father, though, and when members of the tontine, a bet his father entered into where the last surviving member gets all the money, start dying in auspicious ways, he hires Cass and her brother to help him uncover who is behind it This was a murder mystery and friends to lovers, that moved very slowly in both regards The investigation regarding the tontine was a bit chaotic and confusing to understand in the beginning I did not read the previous book in this series and I have a feeling our characters were introduced there and provided a foundation for them that was lacking here Once I got further in the story and began to know Cass and George , the story began to click better However, the investigation seemed to stall out here and there as actual investigating seemed to be missing from the pages We don t get to really know all the characters involved in the tontine, or even if there is anything nefarious going on The murder mystery began to feeling glaring obvious as a mechanism to get our hero and heroine together and with a pretty quick boom ending with an info dump about the culprit, there wasn t much about it that I found gripingI m always joking a little bit but serious underneath Once you know that, you can see to my very soul and understand me utterly It s a great curse He said this, of course, as if he were joking, but his blue eyes were deep and worried She had smiled then, almost I liked George s kind of shy, vulnerable personality His father is bent on gambling away his inheritance and his mother spends her days laying in bed drunk on laudanum, he seemed very lonely He does have a sister that he seemed close with but we don t get any in depth scenes with them His hobby of trying to create pictures was interesting but like the murder mystery, it just seemed there, something listed for the character, given the same weight as his blue eyes Overall, he seemed a little hapless and I would have liked to have seen his character givenrange through conversations with his sister or friends Cass was splendid, with her pockets and her weapons and her matter of fact ways I liked the heroine and her matter of fact ways, she was a cut and dry character Her twin brother is a little lazy and a little bit of a scapegrace, so it is up to her to be responsible with the money I was a little thrown when she declares she wants to sleep with the hero There was definitely ground laid for the reader seeing and feeling George s attraction to her but I didn t completely buy into from her Even halfway through the book they felt like friends from her side some appreciating of looks These two seemed like great friends but their romantic chemistry was a bit dullYou really matter to me, he said, then kissed her neck, bared by her pinned up hair There was a secondary romance involving the heroine s brother but that to felt dropped in out of nowhere, I wasn t connected to the characters to become involved in their romance The depth and character background was missing for me here, being dropped into their investigation right away didn t give me time or material to really care for them The romantic chemistry was also off, these two werebelievable as friends I appreciated the shy vulnerability from the hero and practical heroine but I just felt the story and characters were missing some magic, which made the story somewhat dry and a wade to get through I ve given this a B at AAR, so that s 3.5 stars rounded up Mostly for George, I confessLady Notorious is the fourth in Theresa Romain s Royal Rewards series, although we ve moved on from the initial premise of the first two books which concerned the hunt for several chests full of gold sovereigns which were stolen from the Royal Mint Lady Notorious picks up a plot thread from the previous book, Lady Rogue, and re introduces readers to the Benton twins, Charles a Bow Street Runner a I ve given this a B at AAR, so that s 3.5 stars rounded up Mostly for George, I confessLady Notorious is the fourth in Theresa Romain s Royal Rewards series, although we ve moved on from the initial premise of the first two books which concerned the hunt for several chests full of gold sovereigns which were stolen from the Royal Mint Lady Notorious picks up a plot thread from the previous book, Lady Rogue, and re introduces readers to the Benton twins, Charles a Bow Street Runner and his twin sister, Cassandra, who is a sort of unofficial Runner, openly working alongside him.The plot in Lady Rogue was kick started when the Duke of Ard was set to sell a forged painting as part payment of gambling debts owed to a notorious London crime lord As Lady Notorious opens, we learn the duke is still deeply in debt thanks to his addiction to the gaming tables and his heir George, Lord Northbrook, is able to do littlethan watch as his father continues to reduce the once affluent dukedom to a pile of debt Debt that will be George s when he eventually inherits the title.George is prompted to hire the Bentons brother and sister after he discovers the existence of something called a tontine, a kind of wager, placed decades earlier by ten gentleman including his father Part investment scheme and part wager, the funds and interest are left untouched until all but one of the group is dead and the last man standing receives the full amount of the fortune The tontine has existed for almost forty years at this point, and while a couple of its members died some years ago, George becomes concerned for his father s safety when he learns that three of the other investors have died under mysterious circumstances within the last year.As he lives under his father s roof, George is well placed to protect the duke, so he arranges for Cass and Charles to be taken into the household of his godfather, Lord Deverell, another member of the tontine When the book opens, Cass is part way through another late night vigil when the house is plunged into uproar Lady Deverell starts screaming and once the rest of the household is roused, Charles is discovered to have broken his leg most likely falling out of the lady s bedroom window , and Lord Deverell is found sprawled on the sofa in his study, passed out from drink and with a serious knife wound to his leg.It seems the threat to the lives of the remaining members of the tontine is very real, and George is determined to get to the bottom of it With Charles out of action, the bulk of the investigation is going to fall to Cass which is par for the course really, as she normally does all the work anyway but installing her as a servant in one household or other is clearly not going to help much So George suggests instead that she pose as a distant relative a notorious cousin newly arrived from the Continent who will be best placed to hear all the gossip, the secrets women don t talk about in front of men which might have some relevance to the case And if that cousin is fashionable and a bit fast, all the better, as she s bound to be at the centre of a swirl of gossip herself.This set up will, of course, allow George and Cass to spend time together and explore the attraction that s been simmering between them from the start, and their interactions and witty exchanges are some of the highlights of the book The plot concerning the possible threat to the members of the tontine is fairly thinly stretched, but my biggest issue with the novel as a whole was the concept of Cass as an unofficial investigator thief taker I give a big thumbs up to Ms Romain for writing about non aristocratic characters, but Cass being openly accepted in her role by everyone she works with, including the magistrate, was difficult to swallow given that the story is set in 1819 and even a lower class female would have had limited options And of course, Cass isn t really lower class her grandmother was a gentleman s daughter who married beneath her, this making it just about acceptable for her to eventually find her HEA with a duke s heir I liked her intelligence and resourcefulness and the exploration of the difficulties of her relationship with Charles is really well done, but I had to ignore the implausibility of her profession for most of the book, which did put a bit of a damper on things.On the positive side, however, is George, who is a simply lovely hero He s charming, possessed of a dry sense of humour and doesn t take himself too seriously, but he s also a kind, conscientious man who wants to take care of those he loves but doesn t quite know how He lived the dissipated life of many a ducal heir until his mother s near death from a laudanum overdose pulled him up short, and even though he soon came to the realisation that nothing he could do was going to make any difference to either of his parents addictions, he still feels guilty about that He attempts to fill his time experimenting with his collection of camera obscurae and trying to fix images using sunlight and chemicals an unusual hobby to be sure, and one that turned out to have no bearing on the mystery plot, which made me wonder why the author chose to include it.Lady Notorious is a difficult book to rate because I have such mixed feelings about it I liked the central characters especially George and their interactions, but ultimately, didn t feel there was a strong connection between them and I found it difficult to get past the idea of the heroine as an investigator at this period in time The writing is excellent as always and the familial relationships George s with his parents and Cass with Charles are well done, but the mystery is lacklustre and while I wasn t bored, I wasn t completely invested either I m going with a cautious recommendation the good things about the book are good, but its weaknesses mean I can t give it a whole hearted endorsement Who knew love would be her secret weaponCassandra Benton has always survived by her wits and wiles, even working for Bow Street alongside her twin brother When injury takes him out of commission, Cass must support the family by taking on an intriguing new case George, Lord Northbrook, believes someone is plotting to kill his father, the Duke of Ard Decades before, the duke was one of ten who formed a wager that would grant a fortune to the last survivor But someone can t wait for nature to take its course and George hopes a seasoned investigator like Cass can find out whoCass relishes the chance to spy on the ton, shrewdly disguised as handsome Lord Northbrook s notorious cousin What she doesn t expect is her irresistible attraction to her dashing employer, and days of investigation soon turn to passionate nights But with a killer closing in and her charade as a lady of the ton in danger of collapsing at any moment, Cass has no choice but to put her life and her heart in the hands of the last man she ought to trust Theresa Romain has the wonderful capacity to sustain a delightfully funny, rompish feel to her romances while underlying them with seriousness Her latest, Lady Notorious, 4th in the Royal Rewards series and one of her strongest novels yet, exhibits this balance It s heartfelt romance, adorable hero, loveable heroine, compelling suspense plot, thematically underlined with the idea that love coupled with purpose make for contented lives Romain brings together her cross class heir to a dukedom h Theresa Romain has the wonderful capacity to sustain a delightfully funny, rompish feel to her romances while underlying them with seriousness Her latest, Lady Notorious, 4th in the Royal Rewards series and one of her strongest novels yet, exhibits this balance It s heartfelt romance, adorable hero, loveable heroine, compelling suspense plot, thematically underlined with the idea that love coupled with purpose make for contented lives Romain brings together her cross class heir to a dukedom hero, George Godwin, Lord Northbrook, and Bow Street Runner heroine, Cassandra Benton, via the mystery surrounding George s father s, Lord Ar s, involvement in a tontine , a monetary agreement whereby a set amount increases on interest and is won by the last person left living But many of the tontine s members are dying under mysterious circumstances George fears for his father s and godfather s lives and sets Cassandra Benton the task of helping him both protect and discover who s threatening them Cassandra joins the Ard household disguised as a notorious cousin, hence, how the notorious made it to the eponymous lady.Romain s George is adorably droll and humble He s a bit of a bumbler, but his heart is always in the right place and he recognizes Casssandra s worth from the moment he meets her He is, endearingly prone to blurting awkward phrases, his tongue moving faster than his sense When the novel opens, he and Cassandra are at his godfather s household, where Cass and her twin brother, Bow Street Runner Charles, are investigating the tontine nasty s potential victims It is obvious that George is attracted to Cass for her intelligence and frightening adeptness She was the most damnably capable person he d ever met She was so capable that she made chivalry seem like self indulgence George, though big and handsome, isn t of the uber masculine, great at weaponry alpha male dom, au contraire, he s a reader, the gothic novels he sometimes enjoyed, and artist, carrying on a variety of dark room experiments, working to capturing images what we recognize as nascent photography.In contrast to Cass s frightening competence, George feels helpless before his family s dysfunction He couldn t make the duchess discard her laudanum bottle, just as he couldn t keep the duke away from cards He was powerless in the face of their compulsions His mother is an opium addict and his father, a gambler While he can t heal them of their compulsions, he hopes that, at the very least, with the marvelous Cassandra as investigator, he can keep them safe Cass arrives at Ard House, even disguised, aware of her inferior status But, she comes to realize that status doesn t protect you from heartache As a guest under the Ard roof, Cass had quickly seen that not even the privileged and titled were spared from ordinary human heartaches The duchess was ill, the duke was lonely, the dogs were afraid, the servants were weary How does Romain bring George and Cass together, beyond mutual attraction They re compatible, Romain seems to say, because they care They care about justice, about keeping people safe, about doing good in the world As attracted as they are to each other, as compatible in conversation and opinion, they also work well together I thought this made them sexy as heck and likeable as a hero and heroine can be George and Cass were humble and had a good dose of being able to laugh at themselves They could also laugh together and that only added to their adorable sexiness.Cass comes to George with a deep sense of what she s learned her entire orphaned life, no matter how wonderful George may be, no matter how much he doesn t see class lines, she is bound by work, the need to survive in a world that s done very little to ensure she does She wanted to take him to bed because she liked him His words, his laughter, his curiosity The gentle way he treated her and the burning way he looked at her She liked it all But liking something, wanting something, had never been reason enough for Cassandra Benton to pursue it I loved this reversal of stereotypical male female notions of who s the emotional one George is all the feelz hence, his love of gothic novels while Cass is all the withholding of them.George wants Cassandra to recognise her worth and he goes about showing her by putting himself in the background with humour and by giving her a wide berth of choice I adored how he made sure to accompany her on an investigative mission Would you like company I can go on my own I never doubted it You re the investigator, and you don t need my presence But I m very handsome and you might like having me around to look at Isn t that a hoot George s poke at his self importance is wonderfully rendered by endowing himself with the pretty face attributed to women Cassandra is the smart, capable, and action driven one, the one who gets things done As George notes, watching her in investigative action Cass was splendid, with her pockets and her weapons and her matter of fact ways Her pockets, ladies, her pockets No matter how loving, sexy, unassuming, and considerate a lover, Cass has a journey to allowing herself to need another person She wears her capabilities like armour, but in the face of George, his care, respect, and desire to be with her for herself alone, it s too much for a spinster to bear, too uncertain, too alien, too frightening to give up necessary autonomy for free partnership Cass struggles with what comes easily to George He had got used to leaning on her, to having her lean right back They held each other up, and if she was gone, he felt he would topple again into wasted days and half hearted hopes Like George, Cass loves easily and like Cass, George finds his worth in loving others Romain doesn t do heart rending betrayal for Cass and George, only a running away from giving up the familiar And in the end There was a reason, a purpose to it all Life itself And the truth, and knowing it, and seeing wrongs righted When George and Cass win their HEA, it is to a life of love, laughter, hearty desire, and purpose The epilogue is perfect With Miss Austen, we say Lady Notorious is proof there is no charm equal to tenderness of heart, Emma.Theresa Romain s Lady Notorious is published by Zebra Books Kensington Publishing It was released on February 26th and may be found at your preferred vendors I am grateful to Zebra Books for an e ARC, via Netgalley If you like 100% historical accuracy in your Regency romances, this definitely isn t the book for you With a female Bow Street Runner in all but the salary and the son of a Duke as romantic protagonists, there are aspects of the story that definitely fail the plausibility test.That said, it was absolutely brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it Yes, yes, I know, I m normally a nitpicky cow about historical inaccuracies, but there s a difference between implausible and impossible It s implausi If you like 100% historical accuracy in your Regency romances, this definitely isn t the book for you With a female Bow Street Runner in all but the salary and the son of a Duke as romantic protagonists, there are aspects of the story that definitely fail the plausibility test.That said, it was absolutely brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it Yes, yes, I know, I m normally a nitpicky cow about historical inaccuracies, but there s a difference between implausible and impossible It s implausible that a woman was working for the Bow Street Runners as an unofficial investigator in 1818, whereas it s impossible I m looking at you, Marie Force to have a horse drawn carriage travel from Essex to Scotland with a single overnight stop Just imagine this as a parallel universe Regency England where women could hold down jobs and were treated with respect, and you ll thoroughly enjoy it.Cassandra works for Bow Street unofficially as her twin brother Charlie s the actual Runner assistant, but the reality is she s the mastermind of the pair When Charlie breaks his leg on a case while climbing a trellis into a lady s bedchamber because he fancies himself a Romeo, Cassandra takes the case on alone, and is thrust into company with George, Marquis of Northbrook, who believes someone may be out to kill his father.George is an absolute delight Yes, he s the spoiled and pampered son of a duke, but he s also a smart sort who can see clearly the devastation his father s love of gambling and his mother s addiction to laudanum has wrought He s fun and likable and nobody really takes him seriously, but Cassandra not only sees through his facade, she makes him want to bethan an heir in waiting His willingness to try new things, his near insatiable curiosity about everything and his acceptance of Cassandra for exactly who she was made him honestly one of my favourite romance heroes in ages.Suspend your disbelief at the door and just enjoy this charming, witty and clever Regency romance with an enlightened hero and an emancipated heroine I was delighted, and I definitely want to readby this author, who I hadn t encountered before And on that note, this isn t the first in the series, but I didn t find it a problem at all to follow along with the plot and the other characters Five stars for a great fun read.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book for review from NetGalley Murder and mischief An historical romance with a difference Cassandra Benton is an unlikely and rather marvelous lead Feisty, caring and a realist, she works for Bow Street with her brother Someone is trying to kill Lord Northbrook s father, the Duke of Ard Lord George employs Cass and her twin brother Charles to find the culprit That chase is well and truly a twisted warren that whelms up from his father s past and a tontine that has been growing steadily over the years The novel expl Murder and mischief An historical romance with a difference Cassandra Benton is an unlikely and rather marvelous lead Feisty, caring and a realist, she works for Bow Street with her brother Someone is trying to kill Lord Northbrook s father, the Duke of Ard Lord George employs Cass and her twin brother Charles to find the culprit That chase is well and truly a twisted warren that whelms up from his father s past and a tontine that has been growing steadily over the years The novel explains to some degree what this particular tontine is, Part an investment scheme, part a wager, it had been organized forty years before when ten younger sons of the aristocracy had each contributed an equal amount to a certain fund The interest and principal were left to grow together over the years, untouched, as time reaped the lives of the contributors When only one survivor of the investment group remained, he would receive the full amount of the fortune It s now forty years on and some members of the group seem to have died under questionable circumstances The background for George s concern is well and truly set, if only his father would consider thingsseriously.I have to admit our first introduction to George and Cass in the cupboard is unexpected I was a startled as Cass was.I really enjoyed Cass Her intelligence, her directness and her empathy engage you.Cass becomes George s notorious cousin when the focus needs Cass to be able to move amongst the ton.The chase is on and the resolution is unexpected.The secondary characters are strong I particularly liked Cass and Charles s colorful informant Janey Trewes, a sometime prostitute and frequent pickpocket I was surprised but not upset by the theme of girl from wrong side of the traps meets lord as unlikely as that might be given the times A strong injection of fresh blood makes for an interesting dilemma but not here it seems.A strong cast and intriguing storyline makes this Romain offering a winner A NetGalley ARC Theresa Romain s stories often include characters who are not nobility and I find that to be a refreshing change Lady Notorious centers on Cass Benton, a de facto Bow Street Runner Readers met Cass several other characters here, in Lady Rogue Cass is not officially a runner, because she s a woman, but she and her twin brother work cases together, with Cass often doing the bulk of the work She is hired by George, Lord Northbrook, to investigate a possible plot to kill his father, the Duke o Theresa Romain s stories often include characters who are not nobility and I find that to be a refreshing change Lady Notorious centers on Cass Benton, a de facto Bow Street Runner Readers met Cass several other characters here, in Lady Rogue Cass is not officially a runner, because she s a woman, but she and her twin brother work cases together, with Cass often doing the bulk of the work She is hired by George, Lord Northbrook, to investigate a possible plot to kill his father, the Duke of Ard This plot involves several other nobles, and allows for some repeat appearances of other Lady Rogue characters In helping George, Cass poses as a member of the nobility, but this isn t a Pygmalion trope, and there is little in the narrative to support the portrayal of Cass as Lady Notorious I still enjoyed Cass she is a bundle of smarts and I loved her vitality She is doing all the work, finding a way while still struggling against the constraints on women She knows this and it bothers her George, Lord Northbrook, is not the usual dilettante noble or a rake He s charming and basically kind, as well as interested in learning about the Duchy he s to inherit He wants to help his troubled parents but doesn t know how to yet And he s passionate about his camera obscura There is chemistry between the two and the heat level is just right The scheme and plot against members of the nobility, really feels like just a set up tool and is frankly not really dealt with much When the scheme is included, the pacing slows and the story suffers a bit The connection between Cass and George is really the warmth and heart of the story They don t simple solve a murder plot, George and Cass help each other see that perhaps making your way in the world, is about what you yourself do and not just the rules others put in place for you And it helps to have someone by your side along the way A good addition to the Royal Rewards series, with the mystery playing a smaller role than in the other books Fans of Theresa Romain should enjoy this one Readers new to Romain, should start with the first in the series, to get a better feel for Romain s style I received an e ARC from the publisher via Net Galley All opinions are my own Lady Notorious by Theresa Romain is book 4 in the Royal Rewards Series This is the story of Cassandra Benton and George, Lord Northbrook I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so Cass s brother Charles is a Bow Street Runner Because Cass is a women she is not allowed to be a official Bow Street Runner, but she is her brother s partner Cass does most any and all of the work needed, so she knows what she is doing This leads her to help t Lady Notorious by Theresa Romain is book 4 in the Royal Rewards Series This is the story of Cassandra Benton and George, Lord Northbrook I have read the previous book, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so Cass s brother Charles is a Bow Street Runner Because Cass is a women she is not allowed to be a official Bow Street Runner, but she is her brother s partner Cass does most any and all of the work needed, so she knows what she is doing This leads her to help take on George s case of someone trying to hurt his father, the Duke of Ard Cass is to pretend to be a distant cousin of George to try to disguise herself into getting information for their case Overall enjoyed this book and I have been in love with this series I will be looking forbooks from Ms Romain Lady Notorious


About the Author: Theresa Romain

Theresa Romain is the bestselling author ofthan 20 historical romances, including the Matchmaker trilogy, the Holiday Pleasures series, the Royal Rewards series, and the Romance of the Turf trilogy Praised as one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance Booklist , she has received starred reviews from Booklist and was a 2016 RITA finalist Theresa is hard at work on her next book from her home in the Midwest.To keep up with all her book release news, please visit her online at theresaromain.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter Find her on BookBub at on Twitter at TheresaRomain, and on Facebook at


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