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  1. Lynn Spencer Lynn Spencer says:

    Since I love to comb the shelves at used bookstores and pick up older romances, I always love it when we have Old School month at TBR Challenge This time around, I chose a 1992 Harlequin Historical that turned out to be something of a gem The author got her rights back for the book, so the novel I know as Sweet Suspicions by Julie Tetel is available nowadays under the title Suspicious Hearts by Julie Tetel Andresen Considering what goes on in this unusual story, I think that latter title may Since I love to comb the shelves at used bookstores and pick up older romances, I always love it when we have Old School month at TBR Challenge This time around, I chose a 1992 Harlequin Historical that turned out to be something of a gem The author got her rights back for the book, so the novel I know as Sweet Suspicions by Julie Tetel is available nowadays under the title Suspicious Hearts by Julie Tetel Andresen Considering what goes on in this unusual story, I think that latter title may fit better.The novel is a Georgian historical mystery romance, and unlike most other Georgians I have read, this one is set in the very early days of King George I s reign The story takes place among the polished ranks of the aristocracy, but the leads are both outsiders of a sort and that lends the story a subtle edge I found attractive.We meet our hero first Colonel Richard Worth has sold his commission and being both gently born and in possession of a fortune, he intends to spend his days in society We learn early on that re entering society will not necessarily be easy for Richard Even his status as a war hero who fought alongside Marlborough will not entirely smooth over the fact that he initially left England under a cloud as a young man To help his cause, Richard appeals to his military friend Jonathan Wyndham, now Duke of Desford He hopes that Jonathan can help him, among other things, find a bride who might help him become established His strategy is to find a respectable, aristocratic woman in dire financial straits whose need for funds may help her overlook the gossip about his past.This series of inquiries leads to Richard s introduction to Caroline Hutton, an orphaned young woman of good family whose father s gambling habit has now left her destitute upon his death To Caroline s surprise her aunt Esther has invited to visit and offered to take her out into society Caroline isn t terribly fond of Esther, but she s a little short on options, so she agrees and there the reader meets her at the London Assembly.This is a partial review You can find the complete text at All About Romance


  2. Ivyd Ivyd says:

    Richard Worth has sold his commission in the army and petitioned King George to restore his birthright He needs to marry the right woman to help him reach his goals Ever the soldier he asks his friend Jonathan Wyndham, Duke of Desford, which well born women are in dire enough financial straits to consider an offer of marriage from him Of the three suggested Richard chooses Caroline Hutton Meanwhile, the murder of the Duke s cousin, Gilbert Kenmure, casts a pall of suspicion on Richard and Ca Richard Worth has sold his commission in the army and petitioned King George to restore his birthright He needs to marry the right woman to help him reach his goals Ever the soldier he asks his friend Jonathan Wyndham, Duke of Desford, which well born women are in dire enough financial straits to consider an offer of marriage from him Of the three suggested Richard chooses Caroline Hutton Meanwhile, the murder of the Duke s cousin, Gilbert Kenmure, casts a pall of suspicion on Richard and Caroline Caroline isn t a debutante, she s twenty three Her circumstances are straitened due to her father s gambling However, Caroline doesn t know just how dire until she travels to London at her Aunt s request.Esther Besant, Caroline s aunt, is no one s friend She s hatched a plot to help herself by using Caroline There s no love lost between the two and Caroline is well aware of her aunt s duplicity but unaware of its depths.Richard joined the army after a scandal of monumental proportions He s done well financially and distinguished himself under Marlborough s command rising to the rank of Colonel He conducts his return to society and quest for a wife like a military campaign There is very little softness to Richard.Jonathan Wyndham, Duke of Desford, served under Richard He left the army when, courtesy of a quirk of succession, he inherited the title All the eligible women, and many who aren t, have set their caps for him He s polished, proper, and knows exactly what an appealing package he is.Richard is handsome in a stark, almost forbidding way while Caroline is generally considered plain Caroline is one of those women whose beauty lies inthan her features It s there for the discerning eye but is often overlooked for theflorid women around her Richard and Caroline s marriage iscontractual and to their mutual benefit The above excerpt doesn t leave much room for even affection does it However, their first meeting might belie that assumption All eyes turned discreetly in the direction indicated by Mrs Shuttleworth s fan Caroline s gaze was caught first by the magnificent coat smoldering red and gold in the candlelight, then shifted to the man s face, where it lingered He was looking out over the assembly, his countenance devoid of expression His face looked, she thought, like the side of a broken cliff, all distant planes and crags Or perhaps his face hadthe roughness of a cast come from the hands of a strong, impatient sculptor and was awaiting the fine chiseling The face was certainly striking for its irregular features and high cheekbones Arresting, even, for its look of implacable masculinity But not handsome At once attracted and repelled, Caroline looked hastily away.If you re looking for a historical romance with wine, roses, poetry and sighs you ll have to look elsewhere SUSPICIOUS HEARTS is dark and tense, almost gothic but not quite because there s never a question as to Richard s innocence regarding Gilbert s murder A realistic romance with a murder mystery, old scandal, and betrayal threaded throughout There are lighter moments as when Richard and Caroline are on their way to a social engagement Leaving their home in St James Square for Marleybone Richard takes a shortcut The ageless, we re lost, no we aren t I know exactly where we are a welcome touch of levity and connection for Caroline and Richard The characterization is finely done with the secondary charactersthan mere reflections for the leads I would dearly like to know what became of Chief Constable Locke and Caroline s best friend Martha Sheridan These two were the most intriguing and possibly daring characters besides Richard and Caroline There s something gratifying and deeply erotic about a slow burn love built on genuine liking, rapport and respect SUSPICIOUS HEARTS is a most satisfying read.Reviewed by IvyD for Manic Readers Miss Ivy s Book Nook


  3. SM SM says:

    2.5Boring Hero was good His backstory was confusing for most part Heroine and her behavior was very irritating Mystery was ok Heroine s aunt was too irritating The way heroine never saw anything beyond what she wanted to see was too much Her character was too fickle Hero deserved better Had loved author s the temporary bride.


  4. Dominika Baran Dominika Baran says:

    Fun historical fiction, wonderfully written


  5. Terra Kelly Terra Kelly says:

    Suspicious Hearts by Julie Tetel Andresen is such a great romantic thriller Richard Worth wants to re enter society and approaches his friend the Duke to find a suitable woman for marriage who will help make his debut flow smoother With a list in hand Richard strikes out to meet the women and see which one he feels will be best for him.Caroline had come back to town after leaving three years ago in disgrace Her father was a gambler and had lost the majority of their fortune and so they had re Suspicious Hearts by Julie Tetel Andresen is such a great romantic thriller Richard Worth wants to re enter society and approaches his friend the Duke to find a suitable woman for marriage who will help make his debut flow smoother With a list in hand Richard strikes out to meet the women and see which one he feels will be best for him.Caroline had come back to town after leaving three years ago in disgrace Her father was a gambler and had lost the majority of their fortune and so they had retreated to the country She returns at the invitation of her aunt and so she can settle the affairs of her father after he passed several months before After learning that her father had kept up his gambling ways and through the twists and turns of fate Caroline ends up accepting the proposal of Richard Worth.The story sky rockets after that with fast paced conversation, murder, and double crossing All set against a wonderful Victorian society background I loved how this story just flowed together and how all the characters ended up where I wanted them to be Such a good read I definitely recommend it to anyone


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Sweet Suspicions [Epub] ➚ Sweet Suspicions Author Julie Tetel – Thomashillier.co.uk Mystery, Marriageand MurderThough tainted with scandal, Colonel Richard Worth radiated a rough hewn attractiveness that was hard to ignore He had saved Caroline from ruin, and for that, she owed him h Mystery, Marriageand MurderThough tainted with scandal, Colonel Richard Worth radiated a rough hewn attractiveness that was hard to ignore He had saved Caroline from ruin, and for that, she owed him her loyalty, but how could she build a life with a man who walked amidst whispers of murder past and present Caroline Hutton was a woman of contradictions proper yet passionate forthright yet full of secrets Once the unlikeliest of debutantes, she was now the most likely of marriage candidates and Richard s key to both titled society and untold desire But what was her connection with the brutal murder that had taken place beneath their very noses.