The Emperors of London #6
by Lynne Connolly
Published on October 11, 2016 by Lyrical Press
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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It is up to the Emperors of London to protect the throne—without risking their hearts…
Governess Eve Merton would have fallen into serious trouble on her walk home if a handsome stranger had not stopped to help her. But when Mr. Vernon gives her a lift on his horse, he makes no secret of his attraction. As a well brought-up young lady, Eve does her best not to notice, but when he sets about courting her, she knows she’s in trouble. For she has a secret: she is the daughter of a deposed king, which means not only is she without a dowry, but also that her life is in danger…
Little does Eve know that Mr. Vernon has secrets of his own. In truth, his name is Julius, Lord Winterton, and he’s well aware that Eve is the offspring of the Old Pretender. In order to save his sister, he must convince Eve to wed—though he wants nothing to do with love. But as the two grow closer and an attempt is made on Eve’s life, Julius may realize that fighting his heart’s true desire is a battle most pleasurably surrendered…
This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
There was a plot here. Somewhere.
Veiled in Blue follows Julius Vernon on his quest to find a granddaughter of the Old Pretender. He can’t believe his luck when the beautiful woman (Eve Merton) he spies from his window in the opening scene is the woman he’s seeking but in the process he falls madly in love with her.
Lust, more accurately, but the book calls it love. Hmm.
This was one of the first historical romances I’ve read where I enjoyed the setting more than the characters and story. The author added in a note about the historical facts surrounding the story and where she took it from there to create the Emperors of London series. I don’t often see strong attempts to make the setting historically accurate, at least in part, so that was interesting.
I can’t say the same for Eve and Julius. They’re attracted to each other from the moment they meet and Julius goes out of his way to continue seeing her, but much of the motivation seems to come down to her beauty which she’s constantly remarking on, how she’s cursed to be so pretty and so on. That got on my nerves but she was an alright heroine beyond that, fairly strong-willed but tempered in the way that many romance heroines don’t seem to be (they always seem to fall in the rebellious lady or damsel in distress, while Eve fit somewhere in the middle). But I really didn’t like Julius. He keeps HUGE secrets from Eve for a good chunk of the book because of his own selfishness and I was happy to see it come back to bite him (though for only a short time which was disappointing).
There’s an underlying story of Julius and his family seeking the kin of the Old Pretender which seems to continue from the previous books in the series. I didn’t read them before Veiled in Blue but didn’t find that to be hindrance as this book works well enough as a standalone. But I think reading the previous ones would fill in the other characters’ backgrounds more like Alex and Connie (their story is in the first book of the series).
This book didn’t really focus on that part of the story as much as the romance and I think it was worse for it, especially since the romance felt a bit too insta-lovey for me. But it’s a quick read. The writing’s decent. I might check out the previous books in the series if I get the chance, though I wouldn’t consider them high on my TBR list if this book is any indication. Veiled in Blue was alright but not amazing.