Chameleon is the second book in the Ravensmoore Chronicles.
Being ill and bedridden for most of her young life, Lady Victoria Grayson has had only her books and imagination to keep her company and has become a very profound observer of human nature. When her brother Deviln Ravensmoore, who is both a title Lord and a doctor pronounces her fit to travel, Victoria immediately sets out for her brother's townhouse in London. However driving through Hyde Park in the morning, she stumbles upon an injured man and an intriguing mystery.
Lord Witt is one of the English Monarchy best spies. When Lord Stone, a member of parliament is brutely attacked, the King of England assigns Lord Witt to investigate and to find the person behind the attack before he can strike again. When Lady Victoria's brother come under suspicion, Witt makes a decision that could destroy his budding relationship with Victoria.
As with the first book, this one also continues the subject of mental illness and how it was dealt with in the early eighteen hundreds. I found the storyline captivating. The author also did a brilliant job of working the story so that all the both storyline tie together in the end.
Jonathan, Lord Witt, and Victoria were not as compelling as I would have hoped. I was disappointed because I found there was little chemistry between the two.
The villain however in my opinion, brought the book to life. The mystery behind who this person is and why this person has chosen his method of attack was the driving force in this book and was truly fascinating.
An intriguing story filled with suspense and danger. This regency set in 1818 England connects readers with Lady Victoria Grayson, who desires freedom and adventure following years of illness. Her brother, Lord Ravensmoore, wants to protect her but she becomes entangled in the mystery he has been called to deal with. Someone or something is attacking some of the lords with the intent to kill them. Who is the wicked Talon, who claims to be perpetrator of these evil deeds?
Victoria befriends Lady Phoebe and wonders about the girl's brother, Lord Ramsey. Victoria joins Lord Witt, a friend of her brother, in trying to unravel the strange goings-on. When her own life grows endangered, how will she escape? She draws on strength from God to withstand this life-threatening trial.
Each chapter of Chameleon opens with an appropriate quote that helps establish the mood. Jillian Kent has woven a masterful tale, as noted by the awards lists on which the books appears. It's the second in a series, but strong enough to stand alone.
Far far better! I have to be honest, most historical romances tend to bore me. I write in this genre, and I love romance, but for me to be engaged in a story, there must be something else.. some intrigue, some adventure, suspense! That's why I loved this book so much. It has everything I love in a great novel. If you're looking for a mild, sweet story, this may not be the book for you. But if you want a heart-throbbing romance, a truly creepy-evil villain, a great mystery (who is trying to kill off members of Parliament?), and lots of adventure, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book as much as I did. Don't get me wrong, there are your typical balls and haut-ton and the heroine is a sweet lady. There is also humor and some very tender moments. But Ms. Kent takes the reader into some of the shadier sides of Regency England and into the mindset of true evil. I applaud the author for delving into topics that most avoid. I note the author works as a counselor and has a degree in Social work which would explain her knowledge and interest in these areas. All in all, the entire novel was refreshingly different and highly engaging, and contains deep spiritual truths that stay with the reader far beyond the last page.
The regency time period is becoming one of my favorite historical time periods. This book mixes romance with mystery. Someone is targeting members of Parliament for a vicious death. The heroine has been sheltered due to an illness and is now determined to experience life to the full, even if that means inserting herself into the investigation. I found it amusing how she wouldn't take no for an answer. Her naivety softened some of her decisions that might have otherwise stretched the possible. The time period is captured well, and I hope to read more books by this author.
Chameleon has a really strange character: Talon. Very strange and a bit creepy. Ok, a lot creepy. Talon trains birds to attack people. Did I mention creepy?
The whole story revolves around the dark mystery of Talon. Who is he? Why is he using his birds to hunt and maim or kill members of Parliament? The whodunit ending was very surprising - I hadn't guessed it.
When I noticed that a main character in the book, Ramsay, was misspelled on his first and second appearances in the book as Ramsey, I was afraid there might be trouble.
Sad to say, the editorial errors were numerous and more glaring than just spelling. These mistakes made reading difficult and confusing.
I really like the Regency style of Jillian's writings. Her subject matter of mental health practices of the day makes her books unique and different (although Talon was almost too much for me in this book). Unfortunately, the editorial errors made the book hard for me to enjoy, and Chameleon ultimately couldn't win me over.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*