Release Day Review: The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart

The Temptations of Anna JacobsThe Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart
Book #2 in Dangerous Liaisons

Genre: Historical Romance, Mystery
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and InterMix

Synopsis from Goodreads: Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.”

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn’t count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Anna’s brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew’s arms?

Christal’s Review – 4 Skulls – B+

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs picks up where the previous book, The Secrets of Mia Danvers, left off.  I am really enjoying this series though I felt the first book was a little bit stronger than this one.  I loved the leads, Anna and Drew, more than I expected to and thought the twist with The Ripper’s identity was well-done, but the ending was a bit rushed.  This is still one of the few historical romance series that I intend to continue to follow and recommend to others.

Drew Foster is the brother to the Duke of Carrington and was framed for The Ripper murders in the previous book.  He has since been cleared of the charges, but his reputation remains in tatters.  He begins working undercover with Simon Jacobs of Scotland Yard to help in the apprehension of the real murderer.  When Simon is sent away for training, Drew turns to his sister, Anna Jacobs, for help with some details concerning the murders.  Anna is a medical student and at the top of her class.  She tends to say exactly what she is thinking and so doesn’t have suitors banging down her door.  She is content in her studies and doesn’t think she will ever meet anyone that will appreciate her as an intellectual match… until she meets Drew Foster.  As the two delve deeper and deeper into the investigation, they find some very surprising facts about the most recent murders.  Can they stop him before he kills again?  And why does Drew keep pulling away from the willing Anna?

I wasn’t quite as struck with Anna right off the bat as I was with Anna.  She did grow on me very quickly though and I found her to be a perfect heroine for The Temptations of Anna Jacobs.  She was very smart and observant, as well as being forward-thinking about women’s rights.  She was a true pioneer for her time and yet still believable as a lady of means.  She had the upbringing to carry herself in social situations, but also has the intellect to hold her own in any conversation.

Though I didn’t care for Drew in the first book, I loved him here.  His characterization was very vivid and I expected him to waltz off the page at any moment.  I enjoyed seeing his struggle for sobriety and his dedication to bettering himself.  He was very clever once he laid off the scotch and was quite the charmer.  He has a very painful secret that he carries with him and it taints his interactions with Anna, but I was glad to see them both come to terms with it by the end.

Anna (in my head I hear this as Ah-na, like the character from Frozen, not An-na) and Drew were a scorching hot couple.  They stood up for one another and really couldn’t care less what other people thought of them together.  They complimented one another intellectually and emotionally while sharing some very hot physical scenes.  I would say that The Temptations of Anna Jacobs was quite a bit sexier than its predecessor.

The mystery of The Ripper continued in this book and there was added layer of a possible copy-cat killer.  Anna and Drew work together to compare the old and new crime scenes and find any differences.  While we still don’t 100% know the identity of The Ripper, some very strong hints were given in this book so that the reader can guess his identity, but the characters are still in the dark.  It seems like the next book should be able to wrap this plotline up easily and I am wondering if it will be from Anna’s brother’s perspective.

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs continues the delightful mix of historical, romance, and mystery established in the first book.  I enjoyed seeing the development between Anna and Drew, but felt like the end was a little rushed.  There was a lot of focus on the elements keeping them apart, but then they just seemed to be swept away suddenly and the two were together.  It didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this book though, and I still highly recommend the Dangerous Liaisons series for romance and historical readers alike.

Thank you to Netgalley and InterMix for providing an ARC copy of this book for review.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Best of HR

Series Reading Order:
1. The Secrets of Mia Danvers
2. The Temptations of Anna Jacobs

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