Title: Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege #1)
Author: Jessica Dotta
The year is 1838 and the place is England. This is the first of three books in the Price of Privilege series. There are definite gothic overtones present as well as a flavor somewhat reminiscent of Jane Austen. There is an old monastery that now is the home of one of the main characters and serves for a spooky backdrop and some semi-scary moments.
Julia Elliston is 17 years old and a recent orphan. She has been appointed a guardian who has plans to send her to Scotland to serve as a companion to an old lady. Julia has no desire to accept this path, so she returns to Elizabeth’s, her best friend, home where she used to spend her summers. She remembers those times as carefree and filled with her budding romance with Edward, the local viscount’s son. They make a secret betrothal to marry. It has been three years since Julia has been allowed to visit as her mother and father had kept her a virtual prisoner in her own home. Julia’s only hope to avoid Scotland is to marry Edward, but when she arrives at Elizabeth’s home, she is in for a surprise. She makes the acquaintance of the lady of the parish who proposes a plan to help Julia avoid Scotland. Lady Foxmore will find Julia a husband for a fee. She introduces Julia to Mr. Macy, a man twice her age, but still very handsome and very rich.
Julia visits Mr. Macy with a party of other people so she can meet him face-to-face. He is mysterious, alluring and interested in her. Readers will see how a dark and evil person can seduce and manipulate an innocent and not just physically, but emotionally and socially as well. He pursues her relentlessly and she soon agrees to marry him. She realizes he is obsessed with her. Who can she turn to for help?
This story was interesting and captivating for the most part. There were some great zippy one-liners from Lady Foxmore mostly. As a note to readers, there were a few scenes between Mr. Macy and Julia that involved passionate kissing. At times, I felt sorry for Julia as she was being used by just about everyone she knew as a pawn in a game she had no idea she was playing. At other times, I thought she was incredibly selfish, weak and indecisive. Mr. Macy was the quintessential gothic, dark, brooding Englishman. I hope to find out how things are resolved in the next book as there were loose threads that remained dangling at the end of the book. The plot kept me interested, and I look forward to the next book in the series titled, Mark of Distinction.
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