Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Mark of Distinction" by Jessica Dotta

About this book:

  “London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.
  When Julia discovers that Lord Roy Pierson, her guardian and one of most influential men in England, is the father she has never met, she begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well.
  Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.

 Series: Book #2 in the “Price of Privilege” Trilogy.
(Book #1 “Born of Persuasion” here!)

Spiritual Content- In the middle of the book, Edward sends Julia his Bible and she looks at it and reads it; *Spoiler* Near the end, Julia (finally!) “surrenders”. *End of Spoiler*

Negative Content- Minor (Historical & British) cussing including: 3 ‘dash it’s, a ‘blast it’, a ‘blooming’, and many ‘what the devil’s, ‘why the devil’, ‘of the devil’, etc.; Drinking (wine, brandy & scotch to name a few); A few blood parts (One semi-detailed).

Sexual Content- Sexual Cussing including: a b*st*rd, a ‘hussy’, and a ‘wench’; Kisses (One semi-detailed, the rest are quick, not-really-detailed); Talks about Wedding nights (No details, just hinting); Seducing smiles

-Julia Elliston
                                         P.O.V. of Julia
                                              Set in 1839 (?)
                                                        432 pages

 Pre, New & Early High School age Teens-

Older (17+) High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

This book was so very much like “Born of Persuasion”, the first book in this series. Like the first book, it was written in a first-person way, way, way  past tense (She mentions her grandchildren?!?)…other have said that Julia seems more like a narrator than the protagonist, I have to agree. Also like “Born of Persuasion” my mind was very confused, wondering “What in the world is going on in this story?!”. Oddly, the reader has to be fully awake (which I never am, since I read late at night), with a sharp mind to figure out what going on and fill in the gaps. I really do like the cover of this book though. Very pretty. :)
I’m undecided if I’ll read the next book in the series “Price of Privilege”, coming Spring 2015.    

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher for this review.

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