Unveiling Love: Episode IV by Vanessa Riley

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Five Gold Stars

Unveiling Love: A Regency Romance by Vanessa Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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My goodness. This series about Barrington Norton, a barrister of color, and his wife, Amora, put me through so much that I’m rather speechless by now. But I enjoyed every winding, pulsing minute along the way to this fitting ending–an imperfect and glorious ending to a tale of suspense and searching, doubt and faith, darkness and light, anguish and love.

Its minor flaws aside, the series is such a must-read for fans of Regency ChristFic. I look forward to reading this author again.

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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Unveiling Love: Episode III by Vanessa Riley

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Five Gold Stars

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“Not a victim any more. No more. I won’t be. Monster, you will have a name.”

Even a delicate vase when broken had sharp shards.

She’s still battling the terror of a hazy past incident that haunts her. Yet, Amora Norton is determined to help her barrister husband, Barrington, uncover the truth concerning a string of horrendous crimes. Doing so may or may not help bring the Nortons’ marriage back from the brink of disaster in Unveiling Love, a Regency suspense tale by author Vanessa Riley.

Here I am, plunging through this tale a good deal faster than I expected to. Can’t really help it, since Episode II left me on the edge of my seat (figuratively, as I was actually on my feet), and Episode III here had me engrossed from the get-go.

Yes, this is why I had to download the complete series at once, as I wouldn’t be able to stand the virtual cliffhanging sensation this story would surely leave me with if I had to sit waiting for a following episode.

Really, though, I’m as anxious as Amora and Barrington are to get to the bottom of the troubling mystery that’s left several victims in its wake. And I appreciate how Amora is consciously pushing back against victimhood.

She and Barrington still frustrate me–Barrington jumping to drastic conclusions at lightning speed, and Amora resisting him in various ways when it’s as plain as day how they really feel about each other, how well they fit together. But, hey, their marital missteps play into the need for a true “unveiling.”

I could say more, but I’m ready to just get on with the unveiling, now…

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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Unveiling Love: Episode II by Vanessa Riley

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Four Silver Stars

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Two months to woo a wife, find a missing person, and capture a killer was an incredibly short period of time.

Barrington Norton has cases to investigate and a reputation to maintain as a barrister in the English courts—particularly as a barrister of mixed ethnicity. Hence, more than love is at stake in the midst of the ominous trouble brewing between him and Amora, his wife. They’ll have to decide how much (or how little) their marriage matters in the grand scheme in Unveiling Love, a Regency suspense tale by author Vanessa Riley.

Episode II of this story picks up right where Episode I left off, so I was all in as soon as I started reading. I found the second episode to be somewhat darker than the first as it deals with the effects of events as traumatic as war. Although I felt some of Barrington and Amora’s discussion became a bit redundant, I liked to see them digging into the complexities of their marriage, where easy answers and quick fixes may not be available.

There’s a minor aspect of the plot that didn’t quite line up to me, and there are small errors and inconsistencies in the writing. Also, in both episodes, it seems the narrator may be less than impartial about the story’s villains, perhaps calling them names too often. The antagonists begin to seem less authentic that way, like wicked caricatures.

Still, the author’s style is sensitive, evocative, and poetic in its imagery. There’s an aching kind of beauty in even the dark images. And as much as Barrington and Amora frustrate me sometimes, I can’t help but to forgive them because they’re not clueless or just being dramatic. They’re aware of themselves, which keeps them interesting.

I’m looking forward to moving on to Episode III.

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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Unveiling Love: Episode I by Vanessa Riley

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Five Gold Stars

unveiling-love-1Unveiling Love: Episode I by Vanessa Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“Thank you. I like the light.”
“You have to do more than just like it. You have to seek it, fight for it to be in your life.”

As a barrister, Barrington Norton is serious about fighting for life, truth, and justice in court. But his wife, Amora, doubts that he may be as serious about working with her to save their tenuous union. Yet, her inability to fully recall a nightmarish incident in her past could undermine any efforts toward their marriage in Unveiling Love, a Regency suspense tale by author Vanessa Riley.

Yes, for the second time in recent history, this bookworm who doesn’t do serialized novels is reading a serialized novel. I do have the complete story, though, so perhaps the only difference here is my taking the opportunity to review it by episodes.

I think it can be easy for a contemporary writer to rely on the interesting manners, frills, and glamorous motifs of England’s Regency period and leave out the kind of deeper, human exploration that makes novels like Jane Austen’s so great. Hence, while a story may have Austen-like qualities on the “outside,” it can fall flat beneath its English frills.

Thus far, Unveiling Love is no such flat or flimsy story. I’m not comparing it to Austen’s work, as Barrington and Amora’s tale comes from a whole different kind of outlook and whatnot. And I did notice minor errors and inconsistencies in the writing.

But I also noticed the story’s layering, and the author’s poetic style that shines or pierces in places. I noticed the nuances in characters’ development and interaction. It annoyed me when Barrington and Amora would jump to drastic conclusions in their heads, but it wouldn’t make them suddenly jump out of character with melodramatic tantrums, as might have been the case in a flimsier story. No, the balance and tension between their thoughts and actions make them all the more believable.

Plus, of course (absolutely of course), I’m thrilled to be reading Regency romantic suspense with main characters of color. I don’t run into this kind of book every day. And this tale of passion, doubt, faith, and intrigue has me most curious to see if this husband and wife are indeed going to seek and fight for light.

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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