Tracey Devlyn Bio:
Tracey Devlyn is an award-winning author who writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine’s happy ending). She’s a co-founder of Romance University, a group blog dedicated to readers and writers of romance, and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, Chicagoland’s exciting new reading salon devoted to romantic fiction.
An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website.
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Book One, Bones and Gemstones series
A promising young apothecary picks up the pieces of her life, only to collide with the ruthless thief-taker who once shattered her dreams and her heart.
When the love of his life chose an apprenticeship in Scotland over his marriage proposal, thief-taker Cameron Adair buried himself in his work--building an unmatched network of underworld spies. Forged by his reputation as a ruthless, greed-driven businessman, he has amassed a fortune. But he has one vulnerable spot in his armor--a brilliant, green-eyed apothecary, who continues to haunt his heart. When a murder investigation brings him back into contact with Charlotte Fielding, Cameron sets aside the past to find a killer and to distract a headstrong apothecary, clue by clue, kiss by kiss.
In the distance, Charlotte Fielding spotted the simple, white-lettered sign that marked her destination. Apothecary. The tension she’d been carrying in her shoulders since entering the Whitley residence loosened its biting grip. The strain between husband and wife had not lifted in her two-day absence. If anything, it had grown worse, now that Mr. Whitley felt well enough to defend himself.
Charlotte’s brisk pace slowed. A man was slumped on the pavement between her shop and the boarded-up bakery next door. He sat with one leg stretched out across the walkway, the other bent at an angle. The rim of his hat protected his face from identification. So, too, did the long black woolen coat and matching muffler around his neck.
The tension in Charlotte’s shoulders returned full force. Even though she could not identify him, she knew what he wasn’t—a beggar. Everything about him was too fine for him to be living in the streets. She glanced around, checking the evening shadows as best she could with only lamplight to aid her. Anderson’s lending library, Patterson’s coffee shop, Gertrude’s lace boutique, Tilly’s former bakery—they all stood silent and free of loitering troublemakers and customers. If she cried out for help, would the shopkeepers hear her from their snug, upstairs apartments?
She considered entering through the back of her building, an area normally reserved for deliveries, but she couldn’t bring herself to venture down the dank, narrow alleyway at this time of night. Drawing in a calming breath, she reached into her reticule and pulled out her pouch of pepper. A poor defense, she knew, but she always kept it, thinking it would give her a small chance of escape if thrown in an assailant’s face.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn is a 2014 TDC Creations, Inc publication. I was provided a copy of this this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Night Storm is an awesome combination of historical romance and murder mystery. While the author admits she found no evidence of there ever being a female apothecary from this time frame, I think there were women who worked in this field alongside men but were never credited. So, I found Charlotte to be an interesting character with brains and sensitivity and no longer dependent upon men. She never bows to a man's authority and challenges them when need be. She is fiercely loyal to her assistant, Piper and Piper's brother, Felix. She works long hours and is dedicated to her field and highly respected. However, five years ago the man she thought she might marry broke her heart and she has never really recovered from it.
Cameron is a proud man who has made a name for himself as a thief- taker. His job can of course be very dangerous and one evening he is ends up the worse for wear and needs medical assistance, which leads him to Charlotte's door. She does the right thing by patching him up, but hopes she never has to endure another painful encounter with him. However, a night out at the theater turns deadly and Felix could be a person of interest. Although Cameron usually works in theft, he is asked to look into the murder due to the lady's prominent standing in the ton. Because Charlotte was there when the body was discovered, she finds herself facing Cameron once again. The more time they spend together to more painful it is to think they may not be able to at least forge a friendship. Cameron's insistence on questioning Felix puts the two of them at odds, but slowly the truth about what happened between them all those years ago comes pouring out However, too much time has passed, there is too much water under the bridge, and both of them have changed. Is it too little, too late? Or can the couple let go of the past so they can face a happy future together as a team?
The murder mystery is just as big of a story as the romance and will keep you guessing all they way through the book. I never would have guessed how it would all play out. Cameron and Charlotte make a great detective team and the side characters, such as Cameron's ward and Charlotte's assistant make an all around great cast of characters. The romance is sensual and quite emotional at times. I liked Charlotte and Cameron a lot and so it was hard to see them go through so much heartache. But, maybe, just maybe they will be able to forgive one another. Wait! Is that a HEA I hear? Why yes, I believe it is!
This is the first book in a new series and it came charging out of the gate at full speed. I'm really exited about the series. Overall this one gets a 4.5 rounded to 5.