It has been a number of years since I read The Bride’s Necklace and I am amazed that I still love it as much as I did when I read it years ago!
This story centers around a cursed necklace! Okay, it’s not really cursed but the Bride’s necklace, an antique necklace, is rumored to bring bad luck to those not pure of heart but good luck to those that are pure. Naturally, our heroine Victoria steals it from her dastardly uncle who is out to take advantage of her younger sister, Claire. Victoria and Claire escape to London and Victoria is able to get a job as a housekeeper at Cordell Easton’s household. Cord immediately hires Victoria on the spot because he has eyes for the beautiful Claire, but soon discovers that it is Victoria that he wants in his bed.
I love how the relationship between Cord and Victoria develops. Victoria is also a smart young lady! In fact, she manages to play a game of chess with Cord!
I also like Cordell Easton. Sure, he is a player and very, very scandalous BUT he showed that he was a man worthy of Tory’s love. I also love how he focused on his family since he was also trying to rescue his cousin Captain Ethan Sharpe who has been taken prisoner by the French.
Overall, The Bride’s Necklace was a fun and enjoyable read. Full of passion and awesome banter between Cord and Victoria. This is definitely a solid first book of the series and effectively introduces the second couple in the next book.
This audiobook was narrated by Henrietta Meire and she is fantastic. I love her pacing and her accent and it did not distract me from following the story.
The Devil’s Necklace is all about revenge! Captain Ethan Sharpe is out to get the woman who helped Harmon Jeffries, the traitor who leaked secrets to the French escape. Everyone thinks that Grace Chastain is Jeffries’ mistress and Captain Sharpe captures her for revenge.
The Devil’s Necklace didn’t charm me this time around. I know Ethan has a lot of baggage and he was tortured by the French but he just did not sit right with me. I didn’t like how he treated Grace, initially. He did start to grow on me later in the book, but I was already tainted.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that [spoiler]I am not a fan of sudden pregnancies. Yes, Grace and Ethan were forced to marry because she was pregnant.[/spoiler] Their falling in love was slow and Ethan was still very stubborn until the end that he ALMOST lost Grace!
Overall, I still enjoyed the book, but I did knock off 1 heart to my original rating of 5 hearts!
Henrietta Meire is still an amazing narrator. Although she used the same tones from the first book, it did not confuse me at all.
FINALLY, the last book in the series, The Handmaiden’s Necklace. I am absolutely a sucker for second chance romance and this one is a classic! I mean, it still brought me to tears! Danielle was wrongly set-up by their friend and as a result, Rafe thought that she was unfaithful to him.
Five years later, Rafe is now in possession of the necklace and he finally hires a detective to find out what truly happened on that night. When he finds out that it was really a set-up and that Danielle was innocent of all wrongdoing, he decides to win her back, no matter what.
As I’ve said, I love a second chance romance and I was charmed by this story. I loved how Danielle and Rafe found love again.
Do you ever change your ratings after re-reading a book? I actually have and I even wrote a post about it here.