Enigmatic, brooding, and darkly handsome, Thomas Cresswell has always been the one mystery Audrey Rose has never been able to fully solve.
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Becoming The Dark Prince
Series: Stalking Jack The Ripper #3.5
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publication Date: July 15, 2019
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Page Count: 67
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Cover Artist: -
My Rating: ★★★1/2
The price of love doesn’t come cheaply…But the cost is worth it.
I’ll admit it. I read this novella before reading Escaping From Houdini. I’m also writing this review before reviewing Hunting Prince Dracula. Oops! To be honest, I don’t mind reading this novella before Escaping From Houdini, because the third book of the series has already been spoiled for me via navigating the Bookverse. I’m one of those readers that is okay with some spoilers, especially when they are about the obvious. Alas, here I am, reading Thomas’ perspective of what happened on the RMS Etruria.
What I liked most about this novella, is that it is well written. I’ve always liked Maniscalco’s methodical, yet eloquent voice. Sometimes, novellas aren’t as diligent on dictation, so I’ve found throughout my time of reviewing. This novella doesn’t follow the mold in that sense.
What I liked least about this novella, is that Thomas felt slightly overdone. So far, his character has felt natural and, well, male. Here, he felt like he was written in a manner to appeal to the romantic. While I’m not saying that he cannot be romantic (because he always has been), it felt like his character was being written by a female, for what a female would want a male suitor to be, to do, and to say. Furthermore, I was a little disappointed that, while it is from his perspective, Thomas only talks about Audrey Rose. That’s it.
Becoming The Dark Prince is certainly written for the romantic. Despite some aspects of Thomas’ character that I didn’t care so much for, this is a good novella, with some beautiful quotes. (See my blog post for some that drew my attention!)
My Rating: ★★★1/2