Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee

Sunday, July 15, 2018

About the book:

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.” 
Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

About the author:
Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.
Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.


My Thoughts:

This is the first book I've read of Megan Whitson Lee's and I found it to be somewhat dark and haunting tale. The book is based on the true story of Lord George Gordon Byron. 

While I enjoyed the story I did find it slow and hard to follow at times. 

Isabella is like most women in the regency period who is looking for a husband. However, unlike most women of her time having a husband who is also a believer is top on her list.

Ms. Lee does a nice job of showing the inspirational thread without being overbearing. I am a huge Historical Romance fan and so for me I am the target audience. I just wish the pacing would have been better.

My Bottom Line:

This is a great historical romantic fiction. It has intrigue, romance, and a spiritual thread that are woven nicely together. The pacing is a little slower than I would prefer. Over all this was a nice regency read. Much like Wuthering Heights.

 Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Read With Audra. I was not required to write a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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