This series contains seven novels and two novellas. Today I will review Books 4, 5, 6 & 7 in the series. I reviewed the other three books earlier this week.
“Pride & Prejudice & Assassinations: To Please a Princess” Book 4
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This book places our characters about two months after the events in “Pride & Prejudice & Assassinations: A Darker Darcy.” As Elizabeth is coming to grips with the losses she suffered in the last book, the Darcys receive a new mission that takes them on a journey to Weymouth to meet a mysterious person who will provide the details of their upcoming work. This time, Elizabeth’s presence is required for their duty. On their way there, they stop in London to gain additional intelligence for their trip, yet Darcy remains cautious about the extent of Elizabeth’s involvement in this new assignment.
I will only say here that this assignment involves an interesting figure who requests Elizabeth’s help, and yet, Darcy is not to be so easily persuaded to accept Elizabeth’s renewed interest in his work. Can he accept her word that she’s ready to resume her duties, or will he force her to obey his wishes, and make her accept a more passive role within his work?
Once again, Mr. Taylor writes a story filled with great twists and turns, with many of the details carrying into the next books in this series. As Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves in terrible danger once again, will they be able to accept that they are both married to assassins and how that truth personally affects them? Can a princess truly ever be pleased under these circumstances or will more bloodshed lead to the development of distrust for those who serve the Crown at Darcy House?
“Pride & Prejudice & Assassinations: Dache of Hope” Book 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This story is really Marianne’s story, as she finds herself on a mission that brings her together with the mysterious Jonathan Raines. While Darcy opposes her involvement in this case, she becomes determined to see her work through and sets off to Spain to complete this mission.
Yet, Jonathan Raines is not a stranger to Darcy and in fact, he has played a large role many years ago in training Darcy as an assassin. However, it’s apparent that the two men do not share a great fondness for each other. As Marianne works alongside Mr. Raines and his tribe on this mission, she finds herself comparing him to Darcy. Can she ever truly stop loving Darcy, even though he’s happily married to Elizabeth? Will her attraction to Jonathon ever grow into something more, even when he eventually realizes her true feelings for Darcy?
The Darcys play a minor role in this book, and yet I still found it an enjoyable and interesting read. Mr. Taylor has crafted Mr. Raines’ character in a somewhat similar manner to Mr. Darcy’s character, but with an edgier feel to Raines’ character. While he seems like an honorable man and he portrays a similar strength of character and resolve to Darcy, he’s also less concerned about what other people think about him. As they are brought together through a mutual attraction, he shows Marianne his feelings for her in a way that is touching, yet also pretty bold. Their chemistry is quite intense, and as I read this book, I came to believe that Ms. Dache has finally met her match; however, the real question is, will she allow herself to consider him as the right man for her as long as Darcy is still around?
“Pride & Prejudice & Assassinations: Dance of Intrigue” Book 6
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This entire story takes place during one evening, which happens to be at a ball attended by the Darcys, their counterparts, Mr. & Mrs. Bennet and some other guests who wind up pulling the Darcys into a dance of intrigue and danger.
The Darcys may have finally found their spy, but there are many loose ends to tie up and allegiances to sort through after the ball. Elizabeth proves once again that she is cunning and as determined as ever to catch the elusive spy they are searching for in London while Darcy is determined to let honor and justice serve as their guides. This was a great guessing game played around the dance floor.
I thought this was a nice departure from other books in the series, as Mr. Taylor chose to focus the whole story on one evening. This is a challenging task as a writer because it can be difficult to maintain interest throughout such a small timeframe. Yet, our attention is kept well in place, as Darcy and Elizabeth must come to grips with certain secrets being revealed before they were prepared to deal with these revelations. Once again, their relationship is handled quite professionally in public and then when they are alone, we are privy to their intimate thoughts and feelings as a happily married couple. This dance of intrigue creates a lot of interest for the final book and leaves us wondering what this war will look like when the first rays of sunlight brush through the London sky…
“Pride & Prejudice & Assassinations: Violence Raines” Book 7
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
This book was truly the crowning jewel in the series for me, as everything and everyone came together to finally reveal who is loyal to the British Crown and who has been playing a masterful game of lies and deception. This time, the Darcys find themselves working with Marianne, Jonathan Raines, and his family to capture the enemy before they become the victims themselves.
So while Darcy and company work to save England, they find themselves the victims of another attack, yet this time, the consequences are even more dire. As they race against the clock to catch a spy and gain control of a baron, Darcy and Elizabeth find themselves once again facing great heartache due a terrible loss. Can they keep their focus on serving the Crown, or will their emotions run too high, leading them to make careless mistakes?
The surprises that Mr. Taylor has in store for us kept my heart racing until the very end of the book. Even when I turned the final pages, I was shaking my head, hoping that he does eventually continue this series. We are left knowing this story can evolve in so many new ways. By the very end of this story, I had to agree with Ackerby’s final assessment that Elizabeth Darcy certainly is the most dangerous person in England!
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Leo Charles Taylor would like to offer two Just Jane 1813 readers the opportunity to win one of the four books reviewed in this post. The winners can select a paperback or an ebook, but paperback winners must have a U.S. mailing address. Please leave a comment on this post by midnight ET, on February 17. The winners will be announced on this blog on February 18, 2016.
I’d like to thank Mr. Taylor for his generous giveaways and for writing a spy series that I found engaging and that kept me guessing until the very last book in the series. I also hope readers enjoy this interview with Leo Charles Taylor that was also posted this week on Just Jane 1813.