Title: His Lordship’s Return
Series: His Lordship’s Mysteries: Book Three
Author: Samantha SoRelle
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Category: Historical Romance, Murder Mystery
Rating: 5 Stars
At a Glance: I am entirely infatuated with these characters as well as with Samantha SoRelle’s storytelling and the historical elements she brings to the illustration. These books have been, and continue to be, so lovely to get lost in for awhile.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: For Dominick and Alfie, it feels like they’ve only just settled into life at Balcarres House when an urgent letter from an old friend has them racing back to London. However, they’re not returning to Alfie’s swirling ton of money and nobility, but to the dark underside of the city that Dominick knows all too well.
In a desperate race against time, they’ll have to walk streets that Alfie barely remembers and Dominick hoped to forget. Their return brings up terrors better left in the past and for one of them, the strain may be too much to bear.
Under the shadow of the workhouse, they’ll have to act quickly to stop a killer or the lives lost may be their own.
Review: An unexpected encounter one night was the catalyst that delivered a man from the mean streets of Spitalfields, but it would seem that wasn’t the answer to taking those streets out of the man. Dominick grapples with this unsettling realization upon his return to London with Alfie, when they both run headlong into a murder mystery that finds Nick making dangerous decisions in hopes of finding the killer while Alfie follows the man he loves back to their childhood stomping grounds in an attempt to watch over and protect him.
Samantha SoRelle offers up another positively exquisite chapter in the lives of two men that fate took in vastly different directions, but who are meant to be together and mean everything to each other. That doesn’t mean they’ve learned to balance their past and present, though. They both still lean into their insecurities from time to time, but more integrally, they have learned to lean on each other. When they remember to do that, they tend to go a bit easier on themselves.
The subtle details and more glaring distinctions, especially between the classes, do so much to enhance the characters, the settings, and the mysteries by taking readers back to a time that comes as a shock to modern sensibilities—particularly the sights, sounds, and smells—while stressing how much Nick and Alfie only have their ingenuity and street smarts to lean into when investigating a murder. Those distinctions have been made more evident in His Lordship’s Return when we witness what Nick, and eventually Alfie, must do, and try to achieve, while keeping a foot planted in two very different worlds, and we are reminded of how little justice and respect the poor were granted.
I am entirely infatuated with these characters as well as with SoRelle’s storytelling and the historical elements she brings to the illustration. These books have been, and continue to be, so lovely to get lost in for awhile. And now, Alfie and Nick are off on a new and different sort of investigation, it would seem, which should open the series up to even more intrigue.
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