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@Read Epub ⚟ Sweet Revenge ⚶ England,Lady Arianna Hadley s desire to discover her father s murderer has found her acting the part of a French chef in one of London s aristocratic households But when the Prince Regent is taken ill after consuming Arianna s special chocolate dessert, she finds herself at the center of a dangerous scandal Because of his expertise in chocolate, the Earl of Saybrook, Alessandro De Quincy, is the ideal candidate to investigate this crime When the Earl s intuition leads to Arianna s exposure, she convinces Saybrook to keep her secret in exchange for help in tracking down the real culprit As their search takes them from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St Giles, it becomes clear that someone is looking to plunge England into chaos and Arianna and Saybrook to the bottom of the Thames Liked it a lot Different from most historical romances I read More mystery and intrigue than romance. I was happily surprised how much I adore Lady Arianna s mystery, Sweet Revenge With a mix of cozy and hard political mystery and a dash of romance, the book was a great mix that was hard to put down Unlike other cozies and mysteries it s told in third person then thepopular first person This gives you a better understanding of all the players in the game From the main characters Arianna and Saybrook to the villains I found the characters to very appealing almost at times putting the I was happily surprised how much I adore Lady Arianna s mystery, Sweet Revenge With a mix of cozy and hard political mystery and a dash of romance, the book was a great mix that was hard to put down Unlike other cozies and mysteries it s told in third person then thepopular first person This gives you a better understanding of all the players in the game From the main characters Arianna and Saybrook to the villains I found the characters to very appealing almost at times putting the mystery to shame Arianna is out to get revenge for the death of her father, by the hands of his so called friends Hard shelled and at times hard headed, Arianna at times is a hard character to truly like due to her actions and keeping clues back from the case Arianna grew up knowing and seeing others make pawns of people playing with their lives, and trust very hard to her, but Arianna has the grace to know when she s been acting dumb and childish and when to finally let the barriers down I loved Saybrook, a mix of gentleman and crafty fox He holds to his own morals that are true and knows how to play the game without being an asshat but willing to get his hands dirty if need be He tries to help Arianna out, and at times wants to lock her up and throw away the key just to keep her safe, he understands her way of thinking better then she does He goes out to prove there are good people out to Arianna, and slowly breaks down the barriers that Arianna has around her, while having her drag him out of his own personal hell he put himself in Everything between them is a believable with a slow build in their relationship While the crime and mystery bring these two together, it s their love of cooking and chocolate that bind them even closer Penrose added the cozy element at the beginning of each chapter with a delicious chocolate recipe and a little snippet from Saybrook s grandmother s diary These sometimes have a small clue or a foreshadowing The rich history had me readingof the financial swindle that played a big part of the story, the author did an amazing job of interweaving everything so nicely that the book was a perfect balance Plus had my sweet tooth crying to try one or two of the recipes History, Mystery, Chocolate, and Romance Sweet Revenge had everything that made this a very sweet keeper
This was a fun Regency historical mystery Fairly predictable, I still really enjoyed it, and it was a quick read This is one that I think Regency fans would enjoy, and it s a shameof them don t know about it There s not much romance so far, but it looks like that might change in the next book The Regency flavor is there, though.I have to say all of the chocolate descriptions and recipes made my mouth water, and may have influenced my rating Yum I m off to eat some truffles. Clever mystery featuring an unconventional heroine as well as lots of chocolate lore and recipes.I liked our two main characters Lady Arianna and Sandro de Quincy, Earl of Saybrook I found the mystery twisty, with a very clever and unusual scheme at its core There are some nicely fleshed out secondary characters, especially Saybrook s doctor friend Baz and the Machiavellian government minister, Grentham.I m looking forward to the next book.