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Everything I Ever Wanted

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Everything I Ever Wanted (2003/2015) Jo Goodman (The Compass Club Series)

Set in England in 1818

Matthew Forrester, Viscount Southerton and his four friends created the Compass Club when they were in school together, based upon the titles it was possible they could (but were unlikely to) inherit.

India Parr is a stage actress of renown. As well as a great number of secrets she struggles to keep hidden.

“My value to the company has always been more than my onstage performance. A public liaison with any one man diminishes the hope that I will be another’s.”

“You have no say in the matter?”

“On the contrary, I have a great deal to say, and none of it that matters. Mr. Kent does as he will. You do as you will. As for me, my lord, I am no whore but merely play at one at the behest of those who would have it so.”

This book overlaps the first book in the series, Let Me Be The One, and I presume as well with the next book in the series.

So, a LOT happens here. Let’s get some content warnings out of the way: mention of marital rape, drugging of women to make them compliant or unable to fight back (but NOT for rape). Also, some jaw droppingly messed up family relationships.

It’s extremely difficult to discuss what worked or what didn’t for this book without massive spoilers for all the twists and turns of the story. And there are many. Perhaps too many. The plot holds together, but, well, holy shit there is a lot going on, and a lot of that is over-the-top.

However, it also kept me reading at a point when I was easily distractable.

Will I read the next book in the series? I probably will. But not immediately I think.

Publisher : ePublishing Works!
Rating: 7/10

Categories: 7/10, British, eBook, Historical, Mystery, Romance, Sexual Content     Comments (0)    

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