Title: His Lordship’s Blood
Series: His Lordship’s Mysteries: Book Four
Author: Samantha SoRelle
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 231 Pages
Category: Regency Romance, Murder Mystery
Rating: 5 Stars
At a Glance: I can’t say this series is getting better with each book, but only because it’s been superb from the beginning.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: Even after a year of having an earl for a lover, Dominick still isn’t prepared for the dazzling high society of Bath with its ruinous gossip and scandalous fashions. All he wants is to uncover who his parents were so he and Alfie can return to their quiet life in Scotland. But as long-buried secrets come to light, Dominick finds himself trapped in a web of intrigue that may prove impossible to escape.
When an old acquaintance winds up dead, it’s almost a relief. With a murder to solve, Alfie and Dominick have something to distract them from the jaws of fate slowly closing around them. Assuming, of course, that they can avoid being murdered themselves.
Alfie knows how much learning the truth about his family means to Dominick, but as events begin to spin out of control, it soon becomes clear that knowledge may come with a terrible cost—their happiness, their relationship, and even their lives.
Review: “In the grand history of the world, kingdoms were a penny apiece. But a love like theirs was a rare and valuable thing.”
When Alfie and Nick were compelled by a mysterious message to travel to Bath to unearth information about Nick’s parentage, little could they have predicted what their investigation would uncover. There are more than a few surprises in His Lordship’s Blood, and Samantha SoRelle delivers them in such a way that is not only convincing but continues to place Nick in the position of feeling like a misfit. Not that Alfie believes it for even a moment.
The characters’ background is the stuff of a lifelong romance, and the ways in which Alfie and Nick are there for each other through thick and thin strengthens and deepens the abundance of emotional resonance in their story. There are aspects of this book that give the time period—the Regency Era—a full-bodied significance to the story. In other words, rather than this simply being a romance in a historical setting, it’s the history of the setting, political aspects in particular, that factor into Alfie and Nick’s relationship.
Regardless of where these two end up, murder seems to follow. The mystery in His Lordship’s Blood offers up some close calls for Alfie and Nick amongst the search for motives and the accumulation of suspects, and I loved the way Bath—from its restorative waters to the architecture to the upper echelon of society—factored into building scenes and providing a picturesque backdrop for the characters to travel through. In the midst of all the turmoil, Alfie and Nick aren’t spared much of the privacy they want and need, but the moments they do find are sweet and lovely and show a playful side they can’t show in public.
I can’t say this series is getting better with each book, but only because it’s been superb from the beginning.
You can buy His Lordship’s Blood here: