The Bachelor and the Bride

Shadow Mountain. (The Dread Penny Society, Bk. 4). Sept. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9781639930487. pap. $15.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
After Dr. Barnabus Milligan marries Gemma Kincaid in order to rescue her from her dangerous family of grave robbers, Gemma realizes he does not love her and abandons the marriage in heartbreak. When London’s criminal underworld, headed by a man known only as the Mastiff, wreaks havoc throughout the city, the vicious Kincaid family is brought in to stop the carnage. Barnabus asks Gemma to come home because she can provide information that will help bring down her family and the Mastiff. Hopeful that Barnabus’s request for her return means his affection for her has changed to love, Gemma is disappointed to learn that isn’t the case but stays to help. While the two work together to bring violent criminals to justice, Barnabus discovers he could not only lose Gemma but also his heart.
VERDICT Eden’s fourth gripping Victorian “Dread Penny Society” romance (following The Merchant and the Rogue) centers on a heroine’s unrequited love with lots of twists and turns before the hero recognizes his true feelings. The series is best read in sequence, as each novel builds on prior installments.
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