“The price of love doesn’t come cheaply. But the cost is worth it.”
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Enigmatic, brooding, and darkly handsome, Thomas Cresswell has always been the one mystery Audrey Rose has never been able to fully solve. As brilliant partners in crime investigation, they understand each other perfectly…but as young lovers, their passionate natures have led to both euphoria and heartbreak throughout the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
This novella features a collection of scenes that takes place during and after the pair’s horrifying Atlantic voyage in Escaping From Houdini. Experience new and familiar scenes from Thomas’s unique point of view, including an intensely personal look into his plea for Audrey Rose’s hand in marriage.
With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.
Welp, add this to the list of all the novellas that have let me down. I pretty much knew going into this that I wasn’t going to walk away feeling anything other than….nothing. Because that’s just it, novellas literally do nothing for me. I don’t really care about reading the same part of a prior book from a different characters point of view, even if it is Thomas Cresswell. And even though this did have a few events that will bridge the gap from book three to book four, I just don’t care.
Let’s start off with the inevitable of why I wouldn’t like this. In my opinion, Escaping From Houdini has been the weakest book in the series so far. If you’re curious as to my thoughts on that you can check it out HERE. I was less than thrilled to know that I was going to have to return to this hellish book and relive Audrey Rose being a complete trash bag. To read it from Thomas’ POV made it hurt even more, but it still really didn’t hold my attention because of how weak book three was.
Now, we know that Thomas is the wittiest boy on the block and we know that he wants Audrey to love him for him and doesn’t want to pressure her into anything. He wants to worship her mind, her soul, and then her body. Blah, blah, blah. We get it, but this book repeats it a thousand times. I will admit that I am probably the least romantic person you will ever meet, so this could be a pretty unpopular opinion, however, Thomas’ monologues about how much he loves Audrey Rose just weren’t working for me. And some of the things he said out loud made me cringe so hard I could barely stand it.
Thomas: “I want our passion to ignite the world around us, making even the stars jealous.”
And for my last gripe with this one and a minor spoiler coming your way if you haven’t read book three… the whole “dark prince” just wasn’t working for me. I mean I would hope if you saw the one you loved almost get murdered in front of you you would feel some type of way and want to hurt whoever or whatever hurt said loved one. So Thomas’ “bloodlust” he felt after watching Audrey Rose almost die from a knife wound seems like a pretty normal reaction. I mean, I know if I would have witnessed that I probably wouldn’t writing this because I’d be in jail. Just sayin’.
All I can say at this point is I seriously hope book four doesn’t let me down.
Until next time,