01 January 2012

If He's Sinful - Hannah Howell

Summary: It is whispered throughout London that the members of the Wherlocke family are possessed of certain unexplainable gifts. But Lord Ashton Radmoor is skeptical - until he finds an innocent beauty lying drugged and helpless in the bedroom of a brothel. The mystery woman is Penelope Wherlocke, and her special gift of sight is leading her deep into a dangerous world of treachery and betrayal. Ashton knows he should forget her, yet he's drawn deeper into the vortex of her life, determined to keep her safe. But Penelope is no ordinary woman, and she's never met the man strong enough to contend with her unusual abilities. Until now... (Source: Amazon)

Comments: Still hate the title of these books - groan. They are stupid enough to make people think the story is stupid fluff. But it's not. Perhaps I should go into the business of helping people title their books. Sigh. 
That said (again!). This was another interesting story about the Wherlocke and Vaughn families and their unusual ability. Penelope Wherlocke has the ability to see ghosts and speak to them and finds when she's kidnapped and drugged in a brothel, that there are plenty of ghosts there. I won't go into the kidnapping etc. as it would be a spoiler, but it's plenty believable when you meet some of Penelope's step-family. Peneolpe is the daughter of nobility, but keeps ten boys, her two half brothers by her father's affairs and either others who are the by-blows of her cousins and uncles, in an only barely semi-respectable area of London. She's older sister and mom to the boys and they love her fiercely. Lord Ashton Pendellan Radmoor finds her intriguing as well. 
The sort of odd things the Werelockes and Vaughns can do are just on this side of believable - sort of and certainly are interesting. The other thing I enjoyed about the book is another set of strong female characters and strong family bond of both the Werelockes and the Radmoors. While the stories are falling into a pattern, it's a pleasant one that is enjoyable. This book introduced a number of characters that are interesting that I'm hoping to see more of in the future. For mature audiences.

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