So, here's the skinny on the first two books in the Price of Privilege series... this is an extraordinarily well-thought out, detailed plot in which the main character, Julia, gets caught up as the wife of a mobster while she pines for the love of her young sweetheart and simultaneously courts Lord Dalry. She is thrust from a horrid, poor existence to the most elite royalty and the most dangerous crime syndicate in England. The story is told from a first-person perspective, so the reader is living this as Julia the whole time.
I've only read the first two books so far, because at the time that I am writing this the third book has not yet been released. Sometimes, as a blogger, I will speak to the author specifically -- usually only when I am exceptionally caught up in a book. Now is such a time.
I'm not a fan of Edward. In the first book his actions communicate that he isn't as enamored with her as she is with him, and I dismissed him immediately. He seems aimless, and I see his place in Julia's life as a childhood friend and someone who guides her spiritually. Past that, I see him as a distraction to Julia. I was disappointed with the ending of book two.
Mr. Macy I am crazy about. As the head of the largest crime syndicate, he has a bad boy image. His tender care and wooing of Julia grab me from the very beginning. He has patience and love for her through her immaturity. From book one we know she has a weakness for him, and I kept hoping she would fall back into his arms at any minute in book two. The only time that I felt somewhat satisfied with her relationship with him in book two was after her incident with Erasamus. At this point, I am finished with book two, and I am still holding out hope that in the end it will be Mr. Macy that Julia ends up with. Julia and Mr. Macy have a unique relationship, and I do see the potential for marriage between them. He has pledged honesty to her regarding his past and his present. So far, I haven't seen any indication that he was lying to her. He seems to consider her his greatest, most special treasure. If Julia would give in and love Mr. Macy despite all his flaws, this series would be perfect.
Lord Dalry is the fourth person in this love-square. Everything about Lord Dalry is good, right, and respectful. I wouldn't be too disappointed if Julia ends up with Lord Dalry in the end. It would be a much better choice than Edward.
I've already pre-ordered book 3. I can't wait to see what is in store for Julia!