Sunday, November 18, 2012

Against the Tide - Elizabeth Camden

"Against the Tide" is the book we have all been waiting for!  Ever since reading "The Lady of Bolten Hill," I have been craving a follow-up book focusing on Alexander Banebridge as the main character.  This is not considered a series, because the main characters from the first book are not re-introduced in this book, nor are you required to read the first book in order to be up to speed.  However, with both books being so good, you'll definitely want to read both starting with "The Lady of Bolten Hill."
The author ramped up the attraction between the characters to an exciting degree.  I'm hoping more authors will follow her lead.  The book was romantic, but also rife with mystery and suspense -- an absolutely perfect combination.
Alexander Banebridge was kidnapped as a young boy and raised in an opium den.  His evil adopted father crafted him to take over the opium  empire when he got older.  When Bane left the opium industry he had a target on his back and still does.  He meets Lydia Pallas and convinces her to start working with him on his crusade against opium use.  She loses her job, and consequently her beloved apartment, as a result.  To make matters even worse, Lydia can't seem to stay away from Bane.  He needs her help, but she'll have to risk her life to give it.
This will be one of the best books you read all year.  It certainly was for me!
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

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