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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ARC Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

Robyn DeHart delivers a fantastic romance/suspense story packed with tension and romance. I read a novella by her, “No Ordinary Mistress” which was also fantastic. DeHart is a great writer and very engaging. Her heroines are ahead of their time and women that make their own rules. The heroin in this story is no exception. Anna is a lady who is attending medical school. She is determined to become a physician even against her mother’s wishes. Anna is not interested in following the rules of society, finding a husband and marrying. She wants to follow her passion for medicine.

Our hero, Andrew Foster, is also very interesting. He begins the story in a jail, imprisoned because he is suspected of being Jack the Ripper. Drew has a lot of ghost in his closet. He is an illegitimate son, and has spent much of his life drinking to forget about his problems. Simon, Anna’s brother is a Scotland Yard detective. He offers Drew an opportunity to assist in the Jack the Ripper investigation. This becomes a redeeming opportunity for him, he realizes that he is a good detective and feels useful in helping in such an important investigation. Anna and Drew are brought together in the middle of this investigation. Drew needs Anna’s medical expertise with his investigation. I liked them as a couple and thought that they were a great match.

I have to say that this was such a fantastic story! The secondary characters were so fantastic! The theme of Jack the Ripper was a great addition. The author gives him a voice in the story so we get an insight into his thoughts and the reasons for his murders. Because the story is based on the true killings of The Ripper there are some scenes that are difficult to read and very graphic. Aside from this I could not stop reading anything that took me away from this romance/ suspense was unwelcome. I highly recommend this story and plan to read the previous one in the series, The Secrets of Mia Danvers, so I can have a better understanding of Anna and Drew! Great story!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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