Book Review: Runaway, by Krysta Scott

Throughout the other three novellas in this series, Charlotte is always baking, or just about ready to start baking, and I was becoming more curious about her story. While the other women seem to have managed to get away reasonably scot-free from their backgrounds in England, Charlotte is not so lucky. Her jilted fiancé follows her to New York, and it turns out he’s not the pleasant young man everyone thought him to be.

Detective Noble is a fascinating character all his own, and his agonies over his attraction to Charlotte, though she is his number 1 suspect, are very well portrayed. He really fancies Charlotte, but yet, she’s wanted for murder. The push and pull between his heart and his job really give him depth.

The ending was quite satisfying, and as it’s the last of the four I read, a good way to close the series.

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Runaway: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Krysta Scott

Blurb: Can she prove her innocence before more than her dreams are destroyed?

After escaping an arranged marriage, Lady Charlotte Leighton lands on a new shore, determined to realize her dream of opening her own bakery. But her plans are shattered when her former fiancé follows her to New York. Now, she finds herself in a fight for her freedom.

Haunted by a string of failures, Detective Felix Noble is determined to solve his latest case. But his efforts to find a murderer are jeopardized by a forbidden attraction to his number one suspect. While he’s certain Charlotte Leighton is keeping secrets, instinct tells him she’s not the murderess he first believed.

Book Review: Reckless, by Kathy L Wheeler

This was the third book I read in the Martini Club 4 series, and I was intrigued to see that it dealt more with the bootlegging side of the 1920s era. During the first two novellas, I wondered about what Meggie was up to, as she flitted in and out of the narratives, always up to something, and appearing when you didn’t expect it.

Turns out, Meggie was out risking her life, and trying to help Eliza escape the clutches of prostitution. She gets into some tight spots, and I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, and if she’d escape danger.

The character of Harry wasn’t quite as sympathetic as Vince (in Eliza’s story), but I still found him quite interesting, especially the balance between good and bad. He’s a bit of a thug, but his rescue and care of Meggie reflects his interior goodness.

It was a satisfying read, and I’d recommend you read all four novellas.

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Reckless: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Kathy L Wheeler

Blurb: Lady Margaret turned Lady Bootlegger…

Singer Margaret (Meggie) Montley needs money…fast. Her friend is in a dire situation with nowhere to turn. While Meggie is on the brink of stardom, it’s not soon enough to save her friend.

Harry Dempsey is out to avenge the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a ruthless gangster. But trouble spirals out of control when Meggie Montley shows up the night he meets his nemesis to settle the score. Saving the impetuous woman from a crime lord might be easier than saving her from her own reckless behavior.

Book Review: Ruined, by Alicia Dean

Ruined was the second of the Martini Club 4 series that I read, and I found it fascinating. Unlike the other stories, this one features a woman who is not aristocratic or wealthy. Eliza is a housemaid in an aristocratic home, and when she fights back against a rape attempt, she thinks she’s killed the man, and must flee. By a stroke of luck, she is taken under the wing of three wealthy young women running away from home, and becomes their fourth companion. Once in New York, Eliza is not quite as lucky, and I found myself feeling quite sympathetic towards her, and wishing she wouldn’t have to go through so much.

I especially liked the full, vivid characterization of Vince Taggart, whose story is told nearly as completely as Eliza’s. He is also quite a sympathetic hero, and he and Eliza are well-matched. I would love to read more about him, and about his boxing career, so I hope the author will write another story 🙂

I definitely recommend reading all four stories, as they dovetail quite nicely with each other, and they’re all quite good.

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Ruined: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Alicia Dean

Blurb: She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans…

After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped.

Former boxer, Vince “The Fist” Taggart dreams of marrying, having a family, and living a quiet, peaceful life. But when a girl he’s known since childhood disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza is the key to finding his missing friend.

Book Review: Rebellious, by Amanda McCabe

Rebellious was the first book I read of the Martini Club 4 series, and it really set the scene. Four young women run away from their homes and lives in England in order to make their way as independent women in New York City. I already have a bit of a thing for the 1920s, so it was easy to get caught up in this book (and the others in the series).

Lady Jessica is quite the bluestocking, and determined to write more than just society columns and gardening party reports in the newspaper. This determination gets her into a heap of trouble when she begins frequenting a (very illegal) speakeasy. Her curiosity leads her to investigate the club’s owner, and she begins to unravel his secrets, which then (of course) leads to more trouble.

I loved that this novella was closely wrapped up with the other books, although as this was the first I read, I hadn’t realized how closely they would correspond. On reading the other three in the series, I started to see that each story was running concurrently, and I went back to re-read this one to see what I might have missed.

I’d definitely recommend reading all four! (and I will be reviewing the other three in the series soon!)

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Rebellious: Martini Club 4 Series – The 1920s

Amanda McCabe

Blurb: Can an aristocratic lady melt the cold heart of a Russian gangster?

Lady Jessica Hatton fled her high-society London debutante life for one of investigative journalism in New York—only to be relegated to the fashion pages. Searching for a juicy story leads her to Club 501, the city’s most glamorous speakeasy—and its handsome, mysterious owner, Frank Markov. But his past of war and revolution puts their hearts—and their lives—in danger…