Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak

Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak

A shocking betrayal…

Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.

But he wasn’t the one who caused Katherine’s death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood.

A forbidden love…

Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine’s life. In secret, the strong-willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the devil—and the scaffold. He agrees, but she is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead.

Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shrouds him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer. Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart…

My Thoughts:

I loved this! It is a great historical romantic suspense. I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what Rachel's fate would be and how they would get to the bottom of the mystery of the fire. They have so much against them that being together seems impossible. She is the daughter of a miner and a bookseller. He's an earl. Oh, and as the owner of the coal mine that killed her father and brother, she hates him and everything he stands for. This book has plenty of suspense, truly likeable characters, a mystery that keeps you guessing, and a love story that tugs at your heart. I highly recommend this one.

My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!

My Source: NetGalley

Where to get it:
Available for preorder. Releases Oct. 15, 2013

Where to find the author:


  1. Steam factor (!!!)? Does that mean it contains erotic scenes? I don't read erotica and didn't realize it may be in this book. :,( I've loved it so far but I'm only about 30 pages into it.
    BTW...I see my button in your sidebar! Thanks so much!
    Ashley (Closed the Cover)

    1. A steam factor of 3 (!!!) means that there are only a few love scenes and they're not explicit. You will love it! Thanks for stopping by! :)


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