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She's more than just an heiress... Letitia Trentham is noteworthy for three reasons. One, she’s extremely wealthy. Two, she can distinguish truth from lies. Three, she’s refused every man who’s ever proposed to her.Until Letty receives a proposal she can’t turn down.Icarus Reid barely survived the Battle of Vimeiro. He lives for one thing—to find the man who betrayed himShe's more than just an heiress...Letitia Trentham is noteworthy for three reasons. One, she’s extremely wealthy. Two, she can distinguish truth from lies. Three, she’s refused every man who’s ever proposed to her.Until Letty receives a proposal she can’t turn down.Icarus Reid barely survived the Battle of Vimeiro. He lives for one thing—to find the man who betrayed him to the French. He doesn’t want to marry Miss Trentham; he wants to use her talent for uncovering lies.Suddenly, Letty finds herself breaking the rules, pretending to be someone she’s not, and doing things a lady would never do. But her hunt for the truth may uncover more than one secret—including the secret that haunts Icarus day and night. The secret he intends to take to his grave…...

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  • Bubu
    2018-12-11 19:03

    3.5 stars. Possible spoilers ahead.Icarus Reid is on a mission: find the traitor responsible for the death of four of his fellow soldiers and his own torture and bring him to justice. Reid has a few suspects, but how to find out who is telling the truth and who is lying? He has heard of Miss Letitia ‘Letty’ Trentham’s ‘knack’ for discerning liars and approaches her to ask for her help. This ‘knack’ is a yet another gift given by the Fairy Godmother, Baletongue, to the female descendants of a woman who once had helped her. On her 21st birthday, Letty chose the gift to hear whether someone tells the truth or not. A gift that comes in handy, considering that she is England’s greatest heiress, and therefore target for many fortune hunters. All turned down, of course, for Letty won’t obviously marry a fortune hunter. Her direct questioning when presented with an offer of marriage, has earned her a reputation of a cold fish. But how else is she supposed to be when all she ever heard from men courting her, is lies? When she’s referred to only as the England’s greatest heiress.When Reid asks the favour of her, she’s reluctant but ‘hears’ the truth in his voice that he will do anything to find the culprit. That, and the fact that something seems to be off with Mr. Reid, decides it. She’ll help him, and after visiting the first two suspects who reside in London and striking them from Reid’s list, they go off to find the other suspects who are scattered outside of London. To keep her identity hidden and her reputation intact, she poses as Reid’s wife.To be someone else than the greatest heiress in England and not constantly forced to be on the watch, lest she finds herself in a compromising situation with a fortune hunter whom she then would have to marry, is an opportunity Letty has never dreamed of. A new experience. And there’s something about Reid she can’t let go. As for Reid, he’s single minded in his pursuit of the man who’s caused so much devastation. He might be alive, unlike his fellow soldiers, but he sees himself as a dead man walking: bring that villain to justice and then – most likely – commit suicide. He’s suffering from guilt and what is clearly PTSD with nightmares that take him back to that fateful night. Trusting Miss Trentham is only the second full-length novel I have read by Emily Larkin and I’m hooked! Once again, she takes the reader on a journey (this time literally, as this is a road romance) through a Regency England that has more to offer than ballgowns and silly plot devices. Although the plot depends on the mystery of who the traitor is, the story itself is firmly character driven. It deals with some serious issues and for once it didn’t feel as if they were simply glossed over.PTSD in a Regency romance is a popular trope, with the heroine sweeping in and helping/rescuing/redeeming/ the hero with the power of her beauty and her love. Usually, I’d read through that book, bored for most of the time. The execution in Trusting Miss Trentham, however, gripped me right from the beginning. The fact that Letty and Reid reluctantly start a friendship before any romantic entanglements emerge, was a refreshing change. Reid even resents her for trying to get him to live again, sleep again, eat again. They truly bond as friends before they become lovers much later. And all the while, the reader is given time to explore not only Reid and Letty, but also the secondary characters who added so much atmosphere to the story. As with Unmasking Miss Appleby, if there were any plot holes, I couldn’t find them. The PNR element is negligible. Sure, Letty’s ability to ‘hear’ lies is essential to the story and used very often, but in the absence of any other common PNR elements, this felt rather like a fairy tale. I wouldn’t even consider this to be a PNR. What the story lacked, however, and which is also my reason for rounding it down, is the romance. Or rather, Reid. Until the very end, he is unsure of what to make of Letty and the sexual relationship they’ve been engaging in. There’s a time frame of about 10 days, the perpetrator found and ‘brought’ to justice, and Reid knows that Letty has to leave for London eventually. It takes Letty to finally set a date for her departure before Reid acts. Now, I don’t need pages filled with purple prose-y drama and sex, but there was something almost clinical to their relationship that I hoped would soften eventually. Alas, it didn’t. I didn't doubt his feelings for Letty, but the romance itself was meandering along.Still, I’m truly coming to love Ms. Larkin’s talent for storytelling. She’s extremely good at it. So that’s me now binge-reading this series. Besides, she’s managed to write the most curious build -up to a cunnilingus/fellatio scene…ever.

  • Carrie
    2018-12-06 18:39

    Letitia Trentham is a wealthy heiress that has been turning down marriage proposals for years because she is gifted an ability from a faerie to be able to tell when someone is lying. Letty knows her suitors have only been after her money so she has no plans to marry. Icarus Reid has come to seek the help of Letitia when he hears of her ability to detect a lie although he doesn't know that it comes from faerie magic. Icarus had barely survived battle and now only lives for one thing, to find the man who betrayed him to the French. As Letty and Icarus team up to get to the truth Letty finds herself crossing all the lines, breaking the rules and doing things a lady would never do. During their time together Letty discovers the secrets that Icarus has kept and just what the battle had done to him. Trusting Miss Trentham is the third book in the Baleful Godmother series by Emily Larkin. There is also the Fey Quartet series by Emily Larkin that is a series of novella prequels that give a look into the ancestors of the characters that we find in the Baleful Godmother series. It wouldn't be completely necessary to read the prequels or other books in the series to understand a single read but it was nice to have read more depth into how the characters in all the books came about receiving their birthday wish from a faerie. While I have enjoyed other books in these series this one was my least favorite only rating in at 2.5 stars. I've been enjoying the mix of historical romance with a bit of fantasy involved with the faerie magic being gifted to the female main characters however this particular time the gift of detecting lies seemed a bit boring really so that was one thing making this story drag. On top of not being excited with the faerie gift involved I was not a fan of this particular couple. Icarus is suffering after being in battle so Letty quickly dove into the roll of nursemaid which wasn't particularly appealing to me. But as time went on in the story it seemed that Letty was pushing and pushing and even crossed a boundary during the book which really didn't sit well. Overall, at 2.5 stars this has been my lowest rated book of Emily Larkin's but I will continue on with the series and hope to find the next couple more to my liking. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Caz
    2018-12-03 18:39

    I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.Trusting Miss Trentham is the third book in Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series of historical romances with a paranormal twist.  Owing to the good deed done by one of their ancestresses, each of the heroines is entitled to receive a gift from their Faerie Godmother – whom they call Baletongue – on their twenty-first or twenty-fifth birthday (depending on their line of descent).  These stories are primarily romances, however, so if you’re looking for a high-concept paranormal, you won’t find it here.  The love stories are at the centre of these books, and Ms. Larkin writes those with a great deal of insight and assurance, imbuing her tales with a strong sense of period and peopling them with interesting and engaging characters who behave and think in a manner that is appropriate for the time.Miss Letitia Trentham is one of the wealthiest women in England and has, by the age of twenty-seven, turned down around two-hundred proposals of marriage.  Having chosen the gift of being able to detect lies, she has rebuffed just about every fortune hunter in the country  - who are the only men to have offered for her. She knows she is not pretty or possessed of the other sorts of qualities likely to attract men; she doesn’t simper or defer, plus she’s intelligent and not afraid to show it, which isn’t a much admired quality on the marriage mart.  She has just turned down yet another hopeful when she is approached by a tall, gaunt man with a military bearing and an undeniable air of exhaustion who has heard of her uncanny ability to be able to tell truth from lies – and who asks for her help.Icarus Reid, formerly a major in His Majesty’s army, resigned his commission after the battle of Vimeiro and, although not completely recovered from a serious illness, has travelled back to England.  He explains to Letty that he is searching for a traitor; he, a Portuguese officer and three scouts were betrayed before the battle and captured, and Reid is the only one of them who survived.  He desperately wants to discover the identity of that traitor and then take steps to have him brought to justice, and he asks Letty if she will accompany him to meet with his two main suspects and use her talent for detecting lies to help him uncover the truth.Letty senses that Reid is a potentially dangerous man and is naturally wary; but after hearing his story and extracting a promise that he will not kill whichever of the men turns out to have been responsible, she agrees to accompany him to meet with the suspects, even though one of them is a prisoner in the Marshalsea. Information gleaned gives Reid three more names to investigate, but none of those men are in London.  Exhilarated at the newfound feeling of freedom she has experienced as a result of the subterfuges needed to ensure she was able to meet Reid in secret, Letty offers to accompany him to Basingstoke to find the first of the men on the list.  Reid is reluctant to accept  because of the damage that could be done to her reputation; his behaviour in insisting she enter a prison and spend time in the company of unsavoury men was less than honourable and he is not feeling particularly proud of himself as a result.  But Letty has a plan – and even though he knows he should not allow her to become any more involved, Reid’s desire to root out the traitor is stronger than his gentlemanly instincts.The tone of Trusting Miss Trentham is rather more sombre than the previous two books, but that is quite fitting considering that the hero is an extremely troubled man who continues to be plagued by nightmares and memories of the terrible things he endured during his military service. As Letty and Reid travel to Basingstoke and then further, she begins to have suspicions as to what is distressing him so deeply, but Reid steadfastly refuses to tell the truth about what happened to him at Vimeiro or to let her get close to him. Yet her quiet, steadfast care of him every night when he wakes, sick and disorientated from his tortured dreams starts to break down his resistance and he slowly begins to reassess her, to value her intelligence, her kindness and her determination and discovers – against his better judgement – that he can’t bear the idea of being without her.Ms. Larkin does a fantastic job in conveying the depth of Reid’s anger and despair, and the way in which Letty’s calming presence in his life and their growing intimacy gradually start to remind him of what it’s like to be alive. I can’t remember the last time I read – or if I ever have read – a hero of a romance novel quite like him; so worn out and tormented by memories – and I should say here that Ms. Larkin makes no bones about what happened to him in Portugal. Her descriptions are not graphic but they are disturbing nonetheless.Letty is a wonderful character and again, is quite unlike many other historical romance heroines I’ve read. She’s incredibly wealthy and, she thinks, rather plain, and has given up on the idea of finding a man who wants her for herself and not her money and decided to dedicate her life and considerable fortune to charitable works. I liked her persistence, her kindness and her practical nature; and her concern for propriety rings very true for a woman of her time. But she hasn’t realised quite how hemmed in she has been by it until she resorts to deception in order to meet Reid to go to the Marshalsea. For the sake of respectability, she and Reid travel as man and wife, and Letty discovers a real sense of freedom at not being surrounded by servants or people toadying to her, so much so, that the thought of returning to her former life is somewhat depressing.The relationship that develops between the couple progresses slowly and is quietly understated, which is feels exactly right given the tenor of the story. Letty’s initial infatuation develops into something far deeper as she begins to see past the man burdened by misdirected guilt and self-hatred to the man Reid could and should be, the good-natured, easy-going and confident man with whom she is falling more in love every day.Reid berates himself for not treating Letty more kindly, but he is driven by his purpose to the exclusion of pretty much all else, and he certainly doesn’t want to fall in love. Letty’s care of him is extremely touching, clearly showing the truth of her feelings for him; she wants him to be well and happy, and unfortunately, in her pursuit of his happiness makes a major error one night which threatens to shatter what is already a fragile relationship.Fortunately however, both Reid and Letty are mature enough to be able to talk it through and to move on in a positive way. In fact, apart from Reid’s refusal to talk about Vimeiro, all their conversations are characterised by honesty and good sense, clearly showing their mutual respect, and liking, even when they are both annoyed with one another. I also liked the way that Ms. Larkin effects Reid’s recovery; there’s no overnight cure, or, as Letty admits to herself, any guarantee that he will ever be completely healed, but there is the real sense that he has achieved closure and is ready to move on with his life. And if Letty’s love and unconditional support give Reid something worth living for, in return, he provides her with the love and happiness she’d never thought to have.Trusting Miss Trentham goes to some dark places, but is no less enjoyable for that. It doesn’t have quite the same sparkle as the first book – Unmasking Miss Appleby – but it’s certainly well-written, the characterisation of the two principals is excellent and the story is compelling. There is a strongly written set of secondary characters as well, two of whom – Letty’s cousin, Lucas Kemp, and Lieutenant Tom Matlock, who served with Reid – are going to get their own story in the next book, Claiming Mister Kemp. Until then, however, Trusting Miss Trentham is another very strong entry in this entertaining and unusual series, and while it can be read as a standalone, I’d recommend starting at the beginning – simply because the earlier books are too good to miss.

  • Mei
    2018-12-05 19:58

    I love this series and all the character here! :)Letty is immensely rich and she already has been gifted by the Baleful Godmother with a gift of knowing when people lie. It is an extremly uselful gift for a woman in her situation where she's accosted, almost all the time, by fortune hunters.I loved how she managed these situations! LOLShe's considered plain and cold by the Ton, but is actually a very interesting woman. She leads a proteced life and when, during a ball, a war veteran Icarus Reid accosts her. First she thinks he's one of those furtune hunters, but soon realizes that he's actually asking for her help to uncover a traitor. And she agrees!Icarus is a bitter man, a wounded soul, a betrayed soldier who seeks revenge and who's planning to die when he finds the traitor.Together Letty and Icarus embark on a search that will take them around England and force them to pretend to be married. Their story fascinated me. Letty was a very intelligent and mature woman who didn't act rush and who soetimes stopped Icarus from acting thus! I apprecite a heroine like her!I could understand Icarus, with his PTSD, his nightmares, but I loathed his stubborn insistence about throwing away his life! It took a lot of time to Letty to convince him that life is worth living!I think Letty was the one who did more to bring their romance forward. Icarus was like a stubborn child!Still, her seduction, because it's Letty that seduce here, is slow but persistent, exactly what Icarus need!

  • Luli
    2018-12-03 20:09

    You can find this review in English below.Esta ha sido una historia de contrastes. Por un lado tenemos unos personajes relativamente complejos, bien descritos, con mucho potencial y con buena química entre ellos. Y, desgraciadamente, por otro lado tenemos unas situaciones absurdas, tontas y triviales que le quitan realismo tanto a los personajes como a la historia en sí.Icarus Reid es mi tipo de héroe. Es un veterano de guerra con un severo trastorno post-traumático debido a incidentes sufridos durante la batalla de Vimeiro. Se ha convertido en la sombra del hombre que fue y ha consagrado el resto de su vida a encontrar al traidor que lo delató a los franceses. Es aquí donde entra en juego nuestra heroína, Letitia Trentham. Ella tiene un don: puede oír las mentiras, con lo cual se convierte en un objeto de gran valor para Reid y su cruzada.Reid es un personaje complejo y honesto, con un gran sentido de la propiedad que él mismo reconoce ha quedado relegado a un segundo plano en favor de su sed de venganza. Él sabe perfectamente que lo que está haciendo no es justo, ni honesto, ni lo mejor para Letitia, pero no puede evitarlo. O mejor dicho, no quiere evitarlo. Y yo no tengo más remedio que admirar su honestidad. Sin embargo Letitia ha acabado siendo un personaje agobiante. Vale que no es guapa (para mí suele ser un plus en tanto en cuanto no se convierta en la cruz de guía de su vida) y vale que tiene que lidiar con todos los caza fortunas del país que van detrás de su herencia, cosa que pierde su valor dramático ya que ella es capaz por sí sola de evitarlos (recuerda, puede oír las mentiras), pero eso no justifica su actitud tan agobiante respecto a Reid. Desde que lo conoce (en 5 min) decide que su causa es la de ella también, y sin pensárselo dos veces tira por la borda los buenos modales y el decoro, sin miedo a las consecuencias. Este ha sido básicamente mi problema con la historia. Por más que Letitia se auto convence de que lo que está haciendo es por el bien de Reid y, por lo tanto, está por encima de las convenciones sociales, a mí no consigue convencerme. Su comportamiento y su actitud frente a situaciones increíblemente traumáticas son muy frívolos, muy superficiales y muy poco adecuados para la época.(view spoiler)[ No voy a entrar en detalles porque son realmente muy complicados, pero Letitia consigue ir sin carabina y a solas con Reid a la cárcel a entrevistar a un recluso. No sólo eso, también consigue hasta en dos ocasiones pasar una semana a solas con Reid en posadas, investigando el suceso de Vimeiro, sin que nadie se entere y pasando la mitad de la noche leyendo sentada a los pies de la cama de Reid para relajarlo... Y en más de una ocasión Reid recupera el sueño con Letitia entre sus brazos y unos besos interminables. Besos que siempre empieza ella cuando Reid tiene unas copas de más y valeriana para tumbar a un caballo…Y la gota que colmó el vaso fue cuando Letitia descubre a los dos hombres más importantes de su vida (son como familia para ella) llevando a cabo una felación y todo lo que hace es parpadear insistentemente para evitar las lágrimas (durante toda la historia es su expresión predilecta con diferencia, creo que la autora no ha sido muy cuidadosa a este respecto, es chocante la de veces que es repetido), pensar Oh, oh…ooohhh… y buscar a uno de los involucrados más tarde para sutilmente mostrarle y ofrecerle su apoyo. Pispás. No me malinterpretes, es una actitud perfectamente natural y deseable hoy en día pero desgraciadamente no lo era en el 1800. Si la autora iba a tratar un tema tan peliagudo como ese hubiese sido de agradecer que lo hubiese hecho de una manera realista, y no por añadir algo melodramático a la trama. (hide spoiler)]Letitia acaba siendo un personaje patético, que se tira a los brazos de Reid en cuanto puede, que parpadea para no llorar cada 5 minutos, que actúa como si fuese la enfermera de Reid (cuidándolo en sus episodios nocturnos) y como su madre (obligándolo a comer constantemente) y todo ello debidamente acompañado de sus monólogos internos donde nos recuerda que ella no es guapa y que nadie la quiere.Y aunque a estas alturas ya estaba bastante desconectada de la historia, también me ha resultado muy banal que hasta en 4 ocasiones acuden al rescate de personas a las que se encuentran por la calle(o en un baile) y a las que no conocen de nada, ofreciéndoles dinero y ayuda y solucionándoles la vida. Así de fácil. Así de irreal…Esta historia no es para mí. Ni siquiera por Reid… lo dejo al 53%.ARC provided by the author via Netgalley.This has been a story of contrasts. On the one hand we have relatively complex MC´s, well described, with a lot of potential and good chemistry between them. And, unfortunately, on the other hand we have absurd, silly and trivial situations that take away realism from both the characters and the story itself.Icarus Reid is my kind of hero. He is a war´s veteran with a severe PTSD due to incidents occurred during the battle of Vimeiro. He has become a shell of the man he used to be and has consecrated the rest of his life to find the traitor who betrayed him to the Frenchmen. This is where our heroine, Letitia Trentham, comes into play. She has a gift: she canhear the lies, which makes her an object of great value to Reid and his crusade.Reid is a complex and honest character, with a great sense of propriety that he himself has relegated to the background in favor of his thirst for revenge. He knows perfectly well that what he is doing is neither fair, nor honest, nor what is best for Letitia, but he can´t help it. Or rather, do notwant to. And I have no choice but to admire his honesty. However, Letitia has ended up being a stifling character. I can understand that she is not pretty (for me it is usually a plus as long as it does not become her cross to bear) and I know she has to deal with all the gold diggers around the country who go for her inheritance, which loses its dramatic value since she is able to avoid them (remember, she can hear the lies), but that does not justify her overbearing attitude towards Reid. Since she knows (in 5 minutes) him, she decides that his cause is hers as well, and without thinking twice about it, she throws caution (and good manners and decorum) to the wind. This has basically been my problem with the story. As much as Letitia has convinced herself that what she is doing is for Reid´s sake and, therefore, is above social conventions, I can´t convince myself. Her behavior and her attitude to incredibly traumatic situations are so frivolous, shallow and unsuitable for the times.(view spoiler)[ I will not go into details because they are really complicated, but Letitia gets to go without a chaperone with Reid to a prison to interview an inmate. Not only that, she also, twice, gets to spend a week alone with Reid at Inns investigating the events of Vimeiro, with no one being the wiser and spending half the night reading sitting at the foot of Reid's bed to relax him. .. And on more than one occasion Reid regains sleep with Letitia in his arms and endless kisses. Kisses that she always starts when Reid has a few shots of… whiskey? (I don´t remember) and valerian to knock down a horse ... But the last straw was when Letitia discovers the two most important men of her life (they are like family for her) performing fellatio(in the middle of nowhere…) and all she does is to blink fiercely (throughout the story is her favorite expression by far, I think the author has not been very careful in this respect, it is shocking the times it is repeated), she thinks oh, oh ... ooohhh ... and look for one of those men later to subtly show him her support. Easy-peasy. Do not get me wrong, it is perfectly natural and desirablenowadaysbut unfortunately it was not in the 1800's. If the author was going to treat a subject as tricky as that, it would have been preferable that she had done it in a realistic way, and not only for the sake of adding melodrama to the plot.(hide spoiler)]Letitia ends up being a pathetic character, who throws herself into Reid´s arms as soon as she can, who blinks her eyes every 5 minutes, who acts as if she was Reid's nurse (taking care of him during his nocturnal episodes) and as his mother (forcing him to eat constantly) and all this properly accompanied by her internal monologues where she reminds us that she is not beautiful and nobody wants her.And although at this point I was quite disconnected from the story, it has also been trivial the4occasions when they come to the rescue of people they not even know, they just met them in the street (or at a dance) offering them money and settling their lives. That easy. That unreal ...This story is not for me. Not even with Reid ... I quit @ 53%.

  • Roses R Blue
    2018-12-15 17:03

    As reviewed at Roses Are Blue: http://wp.me/p3QRh4-tEWealthy heiress Letitia (Letty) Trentham has turned down countless proposals over the last six years. It's not that she doesn't want to be married, it's just that she wants to find a man who genuinely desires her, not her fortune. Letty has a unique and magical gift, which she received on her twenty-first birthday - the ability to tell if words spoken are truth or lies. Letty's stepbrother investigates each suitor, usually finding that they are seriously in debt. He tells Letty his findings, and she questions them when they propose. All their declarations of love, affection, and fidelity ring false, leaving Letty feeling that she'll never find love.Major Icarus Reid, now retired from being a soldier, knows that he will not live to see another year. All he wants before he dies is to find the traitor who betrayed him and his men to the French, causing their capture and torture. Icarus was the only survivor, and suffers guilt and nightmares now, reliving his torture every night. He even looks forward to welcoming death to end his pain once he sees justice done. He has heard stories about Letty, and how she can discern whether a person is telling the truth, and he wants her to help him find the traitor.Letty is taken aback when she's approached by the gaunt, obviously ill man who requests her help. At first, she thinks it's just a ploy to get close to her, but his answers to her questions all have the ring of truth. Letty agrees, and one by one, they confront each possible suspect, and she determines if they are honestly answering the questions Icarus poses. Eventually, they have to travel further afield to reach the remaining potential betrayers, and Letty volunteers to go along, disguised, and posing as his wife. There is no instantaneous flaring attraction between Letty and Icarus. In fact, he finds her plain, while his own looks have suffered due to his illness. As they become better acquainted, they find themselves respecting and liking each other.Letty is a very sympathetic character. She has no illusions about herself, and is strong enough to stick to her principles, even if that means she will never marry. Yet, she's very compassionate and generous and loving to her family. Icarus is an honorable, but wounded and vulnerable man. The anguish he suffers from his nightmares is truly heartbreaking. Author Emily Larkin has written another amazing book which I read in one sitting. There were so many facets to the story, and questions begging to be answered. TRUSTING MISS TRENTHAM flowed along effortlessly, and this book had it all for me. There was slow building romance, steamy passion, mystery, exceptional protagonists, and a bit of magic. I love, love, love this book and the Baleful Godmother series, which I'm delighted to give my highest recommendation.

  • Lucina
    2018-11-22 21:53

    5.0 starsI liked it even more than the first book. But it IS a very unique and unusual historical and I think a lot of readers might not like it. I loved the story and Emily Larkin is a fantastic writer, she writes sensual and romantic stories with a little sexiness. And although her stories have a modern feel to them the language feels more fitting to the time period than those of more famous writers.

  • eyes.2c
    2018-12-04 21:53

    A tormented hero!Icarus Reid is all the tormented hero that one could want. A battle scarred, dedicated officer searching for truth and justice. If you remember Icarus flew too close to the sun, his wings melted and he fell. Icarus Reid was certainly burnt--not by the sun (although he was an important satellite of General Wellesley), but by betrayal at the Battle of Vimeiro. A betrayal that caused incredible trauma for him. All Icarus lives for is to find the traitor.Enter Letitia Trentham, an heiress who has the magical gift (yes true! compliments of a faerie godmother) of detecting when she is being lied to. Those who lie to her are perceived as a loud clanging bell. Unfortunately for Letty those clangers have been heard over the years by suitors seeking her fortune, not herself. Letty is becoming reconciled to a lonely life doing good works.Somehow Icarus learns that Letty seems able to detect the truth from lies. Icarus wants Letty to assist him in his quest.And here is where the story digresses from the norm. Letty agrees, which means as Larkin says the reader is taken, 'on a journey from the glittering ballrooms of the aristocracy to the dark underbelly of Regency England – with passion, danger, adventure, romance, and a little magic thrown into the mix.'Letty joins Icarus in his search. Along with Letty the reader is treated to a 'darker, grittier side of the romance fence.'Larkin refers to this writing as Regency Noir. That description certainly fits a number of Regency novels I've been reading over the past couple of years. I find the term apt.There are some quite wonderful secondary characters that add to the story.I rather enjoyed Letty and Icarus' story.A NetGalley ARC

  • Phoenix77
    2018-12-16 18:02

    Emily Larkin is an author I’ve quickly come to admire. The men and women who populate her Baleful Godmother series are allowed to be plain in looks or sometimes broken in spirt but their stories are layered and compelling. In Trusting Miss Trentham the journey for the main characters to find love and redemption is difficult yet the payoff was considerable.Miss Letitia Trentham knows when someone is lying. It’s an ability she chose on her twenty-first birthday from a fairy required to grant one wish to the female members of her family. Ever since that night Letitia has used her gift to weed out unwanted suitors and for six seasons it’s revealed the bitter truth that all of the men asking for her hand are more interested in her fortune than her heart. After declining yet another proposal Letitia’s night is off to a poor start when she’s approached by a soldier who seems to know about her truth-telling ability and has an unusual request for her: help him find justice for his men who were betrayed by one of their own. Torn between doing the proper thing of dismissing him or helping a man clearly in distress, Letitia takes the chance to use her ability to do something important.Icarus Reid, recently retired from the King’s army, has one last mission to carry out and he’s willing to use whatever means necessary to discover who betrayed him and his men to the French. When a friend mentions Miss Trentham’s unique ability to sense lies he approaches her, desperate to use that skill while questioning the two most likely suspects. He’s surprised when she agrees to his plan despite the risks it poses to her reputation but Reid won’t allow this chance to find justice for his men slip away. Please read the full review at Romantic Historical Reviews

  • SidneyKay
    2018-11-23 21:05

    A poem for you which doesn't rhyme:O, little corn flake all nice and crispyWhat a lovely golden brown treat, floating in some milkThank you Mr. Kellogg, even though you were so weirdYou pressed together some stale old wheat,and gave us something good to eat.So, thank you Mr. K. 'cause now we don't have to eatinnards of cows, pigs, lambs and frogs for breakfast.Trusting Miss Trentham is the third book in the Baleful Godmother's series by Emily Larkin. Remember, this is the one where certain people in a family line get one wish. Now, these wishes are tricky because they usually come with a "whoops" clause. In the last books, the heroine couldn't shape shift if she was pregnant, in this one our heroine's wish is that she can hear lies. Not only does she know when a person is lying to her, she hears a giant clang in her head when they do. I don't think I would want that wish myself. But in Letitia Trentham's case she uses it because she has been bombarded with marriage proposals from fortune hunters.Knock knock. Who's there? It is I, the hero Icarus Reid and I need your help in finding a traitor. So, Icarus finds out about this woman who is pretty sharp when reading people. He doesn't know it's magic, he just thinks she's extra perceptive. Be warned my little Petunia's, this story has a lot of "suspension of disbelief" laying around. Icarus' acceptance of Letitia's insightfulness is a little staggering considering that he doesn't really know her. He only has one encounter with her knowing gaze and they are off chasing after a traitor. I accept that. I know that one has only around 300 pages and some things just get lost in the shuffle, but his acceptance was mighty quick.Anyway, they're off chasing suspects, spinning convoluted tales to their loved ones. These convoluted tales are so we, the readers, are given an excuse for two unwed people to be traveling together. This is sort of a road trip, an angst-filled road trip because our hero, Icarus, has nightmares. Our heroine believes Icarus means to do away with himself when they find the traitor, so she must find a way to save him. But that's not unusual for this pair. This is a road trip story and along the way Icarus and Letitia become good-deed-doers. Both of them. Unwed mothers, veterans with no arms or legs, people with no place to live, people with no jobs, starving animals, orphans. There is no problem these two cannot solve, except their own.Letitia's problem is trying to find an honest suitor, but Icarus has some major issues. He was tortured during the war. He feels guilty because the men under him were killed, and that's a large weight to carry around. But there's more - while under torture he revealed information - and he cannot find it in himself to forgive. So, night after night he relives the horrors of the torture and eventual betrayal. This was some pretty strong stuff in the book and it went on a long time. I have to admit that even though there was some excellent writing during these scenes, for me there came a time when I started to find them monotonous. I would have been happier if we could have seen a little bit of improvement in Icarus before we did.Food. I did become a tad bit distracted while reading this book and had a few ewwwwh moments. This is not the first historical romance I've ever read, so I am familiar with some of the food served during these times. But in this book we have fried sweetbreads (that's not something with yeast and sugar, that's a thymus or a pancreas), raised mutton pie, suet pudding (made from animal fat with spices), chitterlings (intestines) - is your mouth watering yet? There's more! We have muggety pie (made from the small intestines of a calf), apple fritters (how did that get in there?). Sure all of these foods had tons of spices to hide the taste but, ewwwwh, turned my stomach. Oh well - waste not want not.Disturbing scene. I cannot go on without bringing up a scene in this book I found disturbing. Letitia is an innocent - I mean really innocent, especially as far as what kind of dangly things hang from a man's body. Add to the innocence is curiosity. Here's the set-up. As I mentioned before Icarus has nightmares. Letitia finds a way of helping him through these episodes. She gives him a drink of brandy, followed by Valerian, followed by her reading to him. He eventually sleeps. This scenario is repeated night after night after night after night. Then they start kissing, night after night until he falls to sleep. Then one night Letitia, being mighty curious, waits until he has fallen asleep and takes a peek at what lays under the blanket. Not only that, but while he is still sleeping she starts performing oral entertainment on his Mr. Toad until Mr. Toad explodes in her mouth. This wakes Icarus. One might say Icarus is a tad bit upset. While this may be a titillating scene for some, I found it too unpleasant. I don't care how curious one is, there are boundaries which are set and one doesn't cross those boundaries unless one is given permission. He was not a willing participate, he was drugged, and while she was an "innocent" she should have known she was crossing some lines. I could find no excuse for what she did and I didn't think it was in any way sensual or romantic.Overall, I found this book hard to rate. While I liked part of it, I was disappointed it was not as vibrant as the previous book. I grew bored with the nighttime routine and didn't think the couple showed any kind of a connection with each other. But most of all, I think what ruined this book for me was the so-call seduction while Icarus was sleeping. For me there are just some lines that shouldn't be crossed and that was one of them.KaysBlog

  • Celeste
    2018-11-21 19:07

    Wow, I was blown away by this book, waaaaaayyyyy better then I anticipated. It was a great twist on historical romance with the little magical twist. I guess if I could be completely honest I would have liked more story into the faire godmother, but when I finished i was left with awe on such a well rounded book. Psssssts..... big kudos to this author and not shying away from the introduction on the relationship in the next book, can't wait to read it.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2018-12-05 17:05

    I received a free copy of Trusting Miss Trentham from the author in return for an honest review. Letitia Trentham caught and held my attention from the very first scene when she hears "Clang" for every lie being told. Letitia is very wealthy and many have wanted to marry her for her money. The ability to hear lies is why she is still single. The ability to hear lies is her gift from her Baleful Godmother. When Mr Reid approaches her for help she is intrigued. He does not want her for her money. He wants her for her ability to tell truth from lies. The two start on a adventure that changes things for both. A great addition to the Baleful Godmother series. I was expecting the story to go in a slightly different direction and loved it when the author fooled me with a much better plot line.

  • Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
    2018-11-29 00:49

    My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts... for more, visit Punya Reviews...Trusting Miss Trentham marked book 3 of Emily Larkin’s Baleful Godmother series and I must admit, this series is getting better with each installment! From the storyline to the characters, there’s always something new to expect!!The Baleful Godmother is a Regency-set series based on female characters who have special “gifts” or powers. But if you want to start from the very beginning, you can with The Fey Quartet. These are a set of novellas listed as “prologue” to this series. Set in Medieval-era England, this series explains exactly how our unique heroines come to inherit their “gifts”. I found The Fey Quartet absolutely delightful, couldn’t wait to find out how the protagonists’ descendants deal with their gifts, bestowed by a Fey in exchange of a favor done to her. Books 1 and 2, Unmasking Miss Appleby and Resisting Miss Merryweather had something common in them apart from Bale Tongue, our dubious Fairy Godmother. Heroines of both of these books, Charlotte and Anne AKA Merry (respectively), 1. Were bestowed their gifts at the age of 25, which I thought was THE age they were supposed to have their wish fulfilled and 2. They were cousins so the stories were linked that way.Charlotte had no idea about her gift because she became orphaned at an early age, so Bale Tongue took her by complete surprise. She was living quite miserably with her mean uncle’s family and this gave her the opportunity to get out of there and earn money on her own. She chose shapeshifting and transformed herself into a man to get the lucrative job offered by Marcus, Lord Cosgrove, our H, in a newspaper advert. Merry, on the other hand, wasn’t introduced in book 1 but she was already aware of her Fey inheritance. She knew she’d be visited by Bale Tongue but was ever unsure what to choose. She was also an orphan by the time her story began so she was living with Charlotte and Marcus when she met Sir Barnaby Ware, who is also Marcus’s closest buddy. Well, at that time, they had a falling out but book 2 helps mend that bridge bit by bit. His visit also brings Merry and Barnaby together. Something closer to a tragedy later in the story prompts Merry to choose the gift of healing to save people’s lives. By the time Trusting Miss Trentham begins, both girls were happily married and expecting.I mentioned the above because Trusting Miss Trentham isn’t connected to the first 2 books for various reasons. First of all, unlike Charlotte and Merry, Letty Trentham had had her gift of hearing truth and lies in people’s statement at 21, long before the story even began. Her mother was alive at that time to explain her inheritance to her. She also seemed like a descendant wasn’t directly connected to Charlotte or Merry. She actually thought she was the only one with such a gift! So, in that sense, this book can be read as a standalone because it doesn’t connect to the first 2 books, but I would still recommend that you read all the books AND the prologues for full enjoyment. I also think this book was longer than the other two and had more layers in it in the terms of relationship building between the H and the h. There was no straightforward or easy love-at-first-sight here for sure!Letty Trentham is the richest heiress in all of England. But she’s also too plain, too thin, too tall...too everything that a man wouldn’t find attractive. Had it not been for her enormous inheritance she’d not see any suitors. Hence, she’s been in the marriage mart for the past 5 or so years. Because, for the unfortunate fortune hunters, Letty debuted after she received her gift (her inheritance being the deciding factor in her gift choosing) and immediately knew every single lie those men told her to get to her money. Result, she’s still single, still waiting to find the right man, even though every day she’s a little close to giving up. Letty would rather not marry being so disillusioned in men but her eldest step-brother won’t let it pass. Barnard want to get rid of her ASA he can, a fact Letty was well aware of. But what can she do? There was no way she was succumbing to those liars just for the sake of a marriage!It was in one of those balls where she’d just rejected her latest suitor is where she meets Icarus Reid, a tall, gaunt looking soldier who seemed a bit touched in the head. Who knew about her “trick” (as others thought her gift was) and wanted help. He was investigating something that happened when he was a soldier, could use all the help he can have. I did wonder how many people know of Letty’s “trick” and why no one questioned anything but I guess money made everything possible for her, except for the type of marriage she wanted; something made of love and passion. I gathered as much because she asked the question of fidelity to every suitor and came off disappointed hearing them lying through their teeth.Anyway, when Letty heard that Icarus was investigating a possible traitor, she decides to help right away. After all, lives were lost in Vimeiro (allusion to the Battle of Vimeiro is also made throughout the story). But that wasn’t all. Letty was instantly drawn to this haggard looking man for some reason and wanted to help just more than the investigation. She wanted to help him. But for any type of help, they needed elaborate plans to avoid Letty’s watchdogs AKA her chaperons and other people that Barnard has employed to check on her so she’s not found missing and no one starts looking. IF Barnard figures out, Letty knows she won’t be able to do anything.The first leg of the investigation was pretty easy, where Letty invites Icarus to a house-party to interview Tom Matlock, one of the soldiers on Icarus’s list. He didn’t think Tom was the one but he had to be thorough. While talking to Letty, he finds out she knows Tom very well. Letty, Julia and Lucas, Julia’s twin brother, had grown up practically together. They are cousins, though not related by birth but her mother’s marriage. Tom is Lucas’s closest friend, who had also known them since his boyhood so that bond is there. The whole setting works, where we get to know new characters including Tom and Lucas. Unfortunately, Julia, who was very wild and tomboy-ish, had passed on a year ago from a riding accident, something that still haunts them all. I specifically need to mention Lucas and Tom specifically as they’re the couple of the next book. While investigating Tom, Icarus finds that he was correct about him. But anyone who knew Lucas intimately, they could see that he was still hurting from Julia’s death. Letty was very sympathetic towards everything but she hardly had any idea how to help him. Only Tom was his constant companion, would drop by whenever he could to keep Lucas company, only no knew the nature of their relationship. No one obviously suspected anything seeing they were buddies since boyhood. It’s all revealed to Letty in such a fashion that it left her quite dazed and confused in her innocence. Icarus was also present when it happened but neither Tom not Lucas knew they’d been found out. However, Icarus knew the importance of keeping the whole business a tightly-kept secret. That, how much of a trouble they’ll be in if they’re ever found out by someone else. Having that, and Letty’s innocence in mind, Icarus repeatedly asks her to ‘forget what she saw’, refusing to explain anything about Lucas and Tom’s relationship to her.By then, Letty and Icarus had this very complicated thing going on. Letty was even more attracted to Icarus and was quite forcing him to eat more because it seemed liked he’d forgo eating completely if he could. If not investigating, he was always in his own world. And he did tell Letty he’s dying. Only he won’t tell her of what; a question that has been rebuffed by him no matter how many times she asked. Letty is nothing if not tenacious, but she fails to get a clear answer out of him. He seemed quite angry at her most of the times so she was sure he hates her, a fact hurt her a lot. I admired Letty’s strength and what she was doing for Icarus even if he disliked it and struck out by being rude. Someone had to put their foot down if that man was to be saved. Letty, it seemed, made it her life’s goal to see that Icarus Reid was fed well, if nothing else.After their first stop, Letty makes plans to accompany Icarus wherever the investigation was taking them, posing as “Mrs. Reid”. She knew the dangers to her reputation but in truth, she didn’t care. She wanted to be around, taking care of him. On their way through the planned destinations, they meet more people. A girl named Eliza who was raped, then turned out from a house where she was working. Letty immediately takes the girl under her wing, making her a temporary lady’s maid until something can be done later. Icarus also finds a boy named Green who was working for one of the soldiers related to this case, now serving his sentence in prison (whom they met up with the first thing after Icarus approached Letty). He makes the boy his valet. Then they rescue Private Houghton from an abysmal living. Icarus liked the man and was glad when Letty confirmed he was not guilty. He also explains most of it to Houghton, offering him a job of sort then asking him to accompany them.But at night, when Icarus would cry out shuddering from his never-ending nightmares, Letty would make sure to be by his side. She also tries her best to track down a better sleeping drought for Icarus so he could sleep a little better. At daytime, Icarus seemed unhappy at her interference with his life, but at night, cold and shivering, weak and unstable from his nightmares he’d not utter one caustic word. Letty knew something was very wrong with him, that he’d also suffered something terrible but she couldn’t make Icarus say anything on this matter. This was the reason why he was so dark and brooding, so gaunt, wouldn’t eat. The man was barely living at all.Letty was already half-way in love with Icarus for his integrity, and his kindness to the fellow soldiers. The plans he was making to help the destitute and physically unable soldiers to be able to do something with his own money… but always as if he won’t survive this year. It terrified Letty but she had no idea how to reach him because Icarus would close himself off. It’d try the patience of a saint but Letty was still pushing through, trying to find a way to get through to him. At one point, she realized Icarus thought himself already dead from whatever happened to him in Vimeiro, which is the reason why he had no intentions of living. It was becoming clearer that he planned on taking his own life! When the realization struck, Letty couldn’t have been more horrified. She was desperate to change it.But for now, Icarus was bend on finding the traitor of Vimeiro. The incident ended in the deaths of 4 of his men. He was a man possessed, to bring justice before his supposed death. He also, privately, deeply relied on Letty’s company to push on. Especially at night when she’d be in his room to wake him up and give him his sleeping drought. Then she’d read to him......in a few days, they were also kissing and holding each-other until he fell asleep. But Icarus never quite expected it to escalate to full on sexual exploration until Letty initiates something that took him by stunned surprise. I get that seeing Lucas-Tom together gave her ideas, though it wasn’t the right way to start things of. But she just wanted to see Icarus a little happy and would’ve done anything in her power to make that happen. Anything to make him feel alive again. Icarus couldn’t say ‘no’ even if he felt bad cause it looked like he was taking advantage of Letty to forget his woes. But Letty was pretty determined and Icarus wanted it AND her and whatever comfort she could bring in his bleak world quite bad.But in the light of the day, none of them had any idea how to handle this budding but quite intense relationship between them. Icarus didn’t expect to live, Letty had no intentions of letting him die so, yeah, it was quite the battle of wills. And it seemed despite all the odds stacked against them, despite Icarus’s super disinterest in living, he begins feeling like he wanted to. He was eating a bit better each day, sleeping much better since Letty started sharing his bed. He had FINALLY also opened up to her about what exactly happened in Vimeiro and why he was so depressed, which helped of course. He felt jealous when Letty was so jolly and open with Sergeant Houghton FGS! I’d say, at times, Icarus looked so morose and literally someone who wasn’t living in this world as far as his psyche went, I felt rather hopeless. But Letty continued to fight for him until the day the real traitor was found. She did her utmost best and made Icarus see that there’s a life waiting for him here, in this world and that he doesn’t need to end it needlessly. In the end, thankfully, Letty succeeds in bringing Icarus back into the world of the living. Letty does meet Merry in this story when both couple of books 1 and 2 drop by in one of the inns they were staying at. This visit also brings forth some revelations, including the fact that she’s, in fact, not the only one. Having cousins, however distant they are, made Letty extremely happy. Excited beyond words, she confides in Icarus, who initially finds the whole story complete nonsense, it showing quite clearly on his face. It kinda hurts Letty but it couldn’t have been avoided I guess. However, when she continued to separate the truths from lies accurately, he somewhat gives in. Not a complete believer but somewhere in the middle. Phew!Before starting Trusting Miss Trentham, I wasn’t sure I’d like to continue with Claiming Mister Kemp since M/M is not a genre I generally prefer to read. But now, I definitely wanna find out what happens! Ms. Larkin tells me we’d be seeing more of Letty and Icarus there so, yesss! Meanwhile, I’d recommend this one because Trusting Miss Trentham was probably the best read this series so far. I loved it. 4.25 stars.Complimentary copy received from the author, thanks Ms. Larkin!

  • BigComfyChairBookReviews
    2018-12-04 17:43

    Interesting book. Letty was a nice character to read about, strong compassionate and practical. This is the 3rd of 4 heroines of this author that is plain looking. I’m not completely shallow I think it's good to have leads be normal women, but at the same time I read to escape a plain and boring reality and think this author overuses the plain heroine in her books. Of course, all the men are ridiculously attractive. I thought Letty’s power was an interesting and sad choice. I thought the author could have explored how hard it must be for her to never feel loved or wanted for anything but her money. She kind of glossed over it where I would have liked more time and emotion in that aspect of her gift. I felt the heroine did a lot for the hero, sitting freezing in a cold river, staying up late reading and comforting and he doesn't really acknowledge or really thank her for any of it. I like when women are strong but I also like a few moments of damsel. Icarus never really acted the hero and while I loved him as a character I wish there had been more opportunity for him to be there for Letty. WARNING: there is sex in this book, it is not erotica, but enough to be a steamy & hot adult romance. Please do not read if you are looking for something PG. Romance-3/5 Steaminess-3/5 Explicitness-3/5

  • Ashley
    2018-12-02 17:55

    I recieved an arc of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.I really like Larkin's work. She writes very well about the past and is able to make the reader feel as if they are there experiencing it. I appreciate the details she puts into her work and the storylines she fleshes out. Another excellent read from Larkin!

  • Coral
    2018-11-27 23:09

    Plot: 4/5Characterisation: 4/5Prose: 4/5How much I enjoyed it: 3/5

  • Ira
    2018-11-15 23:53

    Five macaroons and a piece of plum cake.......or how to bully someone back to life - and (perhaps) to love!When Letty, or rather - Miss Letitia Trentham, heiress and a faerie's goddaughter with her own special kind of magic, meets Icarus Reid at the Hammond's ball, she doesn't know that his quest for the truth, his quest for justice will change her life forever. And Icarus? Well, let's just say that he definitely underestimated the power of a woman bent on saving someone despite himself. Not just any woman but Letty Trentham, strong, generous, compassionate - and extraordinarily stubborn. And macaroon per macaroon, nightmare per nightmare, Letty, a vial of valerian and of course Herodotus bully Icarus back to life.Always at their side - Houghton, Green and Eliza. I loved that even the minor characters are well developed and very very likeable.I felt with Icarus and Letty, I loved to see how they found their way to each other, I loved their big hearts, their compassionate nature and their loyalty.The whole story is unique and romantic and emotional and simply amazing. I loved "Unmasking Miss Appleby" by Emily Larkin and I loved every other of her books of the Baleful Godmother Series as well. It's just the right mix of Regency paired with the little bit of magic that makes them special. The gripping story and the wonderful characters just topped it off and kept me glued to my reader.

  • M
    2018-12-13 20:51

    WARNING - ENTIRE PLOT SUMMARY AHEAD (used for me to keep track of series events)REALLY - DON'T READ THIS; IT SUMMARIZES BOOK. some content may be copied from other reviewslate entryMiss Letitia Trentham is one of the wealthiest women in England and has, by the age of twenty-seven, turned down around two-hundred proposals of marriage. Having chosen the gift of being able to detect lies, she has rebuffed just about every fortune hunter in the country - who are the only men to have offered for her. She knows she is not pretty or possessed of the other sorts of qualities likely to attract men; she doesn’t simper or defer, plus she’s intelligent and not afraid to show it, which isn’t a much admired quality on the marriage mart. She has just turned down yet another hopeful when she is approached by a tall, gaunt man with a military bearing and an undeniable air of exhaustion who has heard of her uncanny ability to be able to tell truth from lies – and who asks for her help.Icarus Reid, formerly a major in His Majesty’s army, resigned his commission after the battle of Vimeiro and, although not completely recovered from a serious illness, has travelled back to England. He explains to Letty that he is searching for a traitor; he, a Portuguese officer and three scouts were betrayed before the battle and captured, and Reid is the only one of them who survived. They had tortured him, repeatedly drowning him, leading to a fear of water. He desperately wants to discover the identity of that traitor and then take steps to have him brought to justice, and he asks Letty if she will accompany him to meet with his two main suspects and use her talent for detecting lies to help him uncover the truth.Letty senses that Reid is a potentially dangerous man and is naturally wary; but after hearing his story and extracting a promise that he will not kill whichever of the men turns out to have been responsible, she agrees to accompany him to meet with the suspects, even though one of them is a prisoner in the Marshalsea. Information gleaned gives Reid three more names to investigate, but none of those men are in London. Exhilarated at the newfound feeling of freedom she has experienced as a result of the subterfuges needed to ensure she was able to meet Reid in secret, Letty offers to accompany him to Basingstoke to find the first of the men on the list. Reid is reluctant to accept because of the damage that could be done to her reputation; his behaviour in insisting she enter a prison and spend time in the company of unsavoury men was less than honourable and he is not feeling particularly proud of himself as a result. But Letty has a plan – and even though he knows he should not allow her to become any more involved, Reid’s desire to root out the traitor is stronger than his gentlemanly instincts.The tone of Trusting Miss Trentham is rather more sombre than the previous two books, but that is quite fitting considering that the hero has PTSD, is an extremely troubled man who continues to be plagued by nightmares and memories of the terrible things he endured during his military service. As Letty and Reid travel to Basingstoke and then further, she begins to have suspicions as to what is distressing him so deeply, but Reid steadfastly refuses to tell the truth about what happened to him at Vimeiro or to let her get close to him. Yet her quiet, steadfast care of him every night when he wakes, sick and disorientated from his tortured dreams starts to break down his resistance and he slowly begins to reassess her, to value her intelligence, her kindness and her determination and discovers – against his better judgement – that he can’t bear the idea of being without her.Ms. Larkin does a fantastic job in conveying the depth of Reid’s anger and despair, and the way in which Letty’s calming presence in his life and their growing intimacy gradually start to remind him of what it’s like to be alive. I can’t remember the last time I read – or if I ever have read – a hero of a romance novel quite like him; so worn out and tormented by memories – and I should say here that Ms. Larkin makes no bones about what happened to him in Portugal. Her descriptions are not graphic but they are disturbing nonetheless.Letty is a wonderful character and again, is quite unlike many other historical romance heroines I’ve read. She’s incredibly wealthy and, she thinks, rather plain, and has given up on the idea of finding a man who wants her for herself and not her money and decided to dedicate her life and considerable fortune to charitable works. I liked her persistence, her kindness and her practical nature; and her concern for propriety rings very true for a woman of her time. But she hasn’t realised quite how hemmed in she has been by it until she resorts to deception in order to meet Reid to go to the Marshalsea. For the sake of respectability, she and Reid travel as man and wife, and Letty discovers a real sense of freedom at not being surrounded by servants or people toadying to her, so much so, that the thought of returning to her former life is somewhat depressing.The relationship that develops between the couple progresses slowly and is quietly understated, which is feels exactly right given the tenor of the story. Letty’s initial infatuation develops into something far deeper as she begins to see past the man burdened by misdirected guilt and self-hatred to the man Reid could and should be, the good-natured, easy-going and confident man with whom she is falling more in love every day.Reid berates himself for not treating Letty more kindly, but he is driven by his purpose to the exclusion of pretty much all else, and he certainly doesn’t want to fall in love. Letty’s care of him is extremely touching, clearly showing the truth of her feelings for him; she wants him to be well and happy, and unfortunately, in her pursuit of his happiness makes a major error one night which threatens to shatter what is already a fragile relationship.Fortunately however, both Reid and Letty are mature enough to be able to talk it through and to move on in a positive way. In fact, apart from Reid’s refusal to talk about Vimeiro, all their conversations are characterised by honesty and good sense, clearly showing their mutual respect, and liking, even when they are both annoyed with one another. I also liked the way that Ms. Larkin effects Reid’s recovery; there’s no overnight cure, or, as Letty admits to herself, any guarantee that he will ever be completely healed, but there is the real sense that he has achieved closure and is ready to move on with his life. And if Letty’s love and unconditional support give Reid something worth living for, in return, he provides her with the love and happiness she’d never thought to have.Takes a while to track down who leaked info. It was a Colonel trying to impress a whore, who was probably a plant. Reid confronts him, he kills himself. Reid's PTSD much better after confrontation and Letty helping him every night. Reid has been rescuing old soldiers, decides to set up businesses. Planned to kill himself after he finds traitor. Letty decides to have sex with him cuz she loves him, coaxes him into sex so that she knows what it's like; has decided not to marry anyone else. Reid realizes love, goes for special license without telling her. Letty jerk step-bro shows up, accusing them of ruining her. Shows license, Reid shows his and proposes. Epilogue - veterans' businesses and Letty's hospitals for unwed moms doing well. L will have twins (hinted at here; find out in next book.)

  • Connie Fischer
    2018-11-16 21:43

    London - 1808Miss Letitia (Letty) Trentham, age 27, is England’s most wealthy heiress and yet unwed even after countless proposals.Laurence Darlington is at the Hammond Ball with Letty and when he suggests they visit the conservatory, Letty knows this is a ploy for yet another proposal. Letty knows all about him and he is shocked when she tells him she knows he is nearly bankrupt. Angry when she calls him out on the truth, he stalks away. Yet Letty can’t help but feel sad because all the proposals she receives seem to be for her money and not for love. All she wants is for someone to love her for herself.A Mr. Icarus Reid, the fifth and youngest son of Sir Hector Reid of Yorkshire, introduces himself and asks to speak to her. Noticing that he appears to be thin, gaunt and unwell, she encourages him to sit down. He tells her that he has heard of her and her talent to always be able to tell if someone is lying so he wants to enlist her help.It appears that when he was fighting the war, one of two of his men was responsible for passing information to the French and he wants her to accompany him while he questions these men and let her decide which one is lying. At first, Letty is hesitant to help him, but when he confesses to her that he is dying, she agrees to help him.One man Icarus suspects is Reginald Grantham who happens to be a suitor of Letty’s. The other man is George Dunlop, a debtor in prison. Letty and Icarus meet in the park the next day and sure enough, Grantham comes by and they all chat. When Icarus asks him if he was the one who passed the information, he denies it.Then, Letty and Icarus go to the prison to question Dunlop. While the inside of the prison is distasteful to her, she realizes that she truly wants to continue to help Icarus in this adventure. So, she leaves her maid behind and they travel as Mr. and Mrs. Reid.The first part of this story kept my interest but at this point it lost me. Weak men who can’t seem to get a handle on life are just a total turnoff to me. I think Letty’s attraction to Icarus was that she felt she could help and “save” him. Sorry, but this book just did not appeal to me. As Emily Larkin is a new to me author, I do want to try reading more of her books.Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Lindsey Gray
    2018-12-05 00:57

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I love a dash of something extra with my historical romance. In Trusting Miss Trentham, I was treated to a heaping dose of the paranormal. Miss Letitia “Letty” Trentham received an unusual gift on her twenty-first birthday, a choice of three wishes from her Faeire Godmother. Her choice was to be able to distinguish truth from lies. This particular gift has helped the wealthy heiress weed out unworthy suitors, over two hundred in the previous six years.Her talent is something Icarus Reid desperately needs. Major Reid was double crossed the night before the battle of Vimeiro. On a mission to find the culprit who caused the death of his scouts and translator and his nightmare of a life, he needs Letty to travel with him to question the possible suspects. While completely improper, Letty wants to help and travels with Icarus while pretending to be his wife.At first, I didn’t see how these two could connect romantically. Icarus is laser focused on his goal, while Letty wants to use her gift for something other than putting off possible husbands. When Letty is woken in the night by Icarus’ nightmares, she brings compassion to Icarus’ life. Through their new routine of her helping him through his nightmares at night and finding answers by day, the pair open their hearts to something they thought was never possible. Through sleepy kisses, long walks, and a quest to find a traitor, Icarus and Letty find themselves in each other.If you enjoy a search for truth, romance, and magic, Trusting Miss Trentham is the perfect novel for you.

  • Susie Eaton
    2018-12-14 21:03

    Trusting Miss Trentham. FINALLY a book with sex scenes I can actually stomach. Honestly, the words ‘throbbing, moist, erect, core, manhood (as in reference to male genitalia) slanting (as a description of how lips meet)’ could be eliminated from all books and they would be the better for it. And really, PAGES of description of every lick, nip and nibble is just boring. I skip them every time. Tell me a story! I don’t care what you do in your sex life. And DON’T use that overdone and unbelievable scenario of the virgin who has an earth shattering orgasm during her deflowering. I doubt many real women can relate to that. Trusting Miss Trentham has a very good story. A damaged, despairing veteran, a spirited, intelligent woman utterly disappointed in fortune hunting males (no matter how golden their hair might be), and a wrong that needs righting. Miss Trentham has a very practical magical gift. She can hear lies. Every single one, even her own, clang in her ear. Pretty great deal for a single heiress. But her life is so very straitlaced, so cautious, she is stifled. Bored. Longing for just one man to see her, not her fortune. She meets him. They have adventures. And you will have to read the book to find out all the very satisfying rest of the story. The HEA ending was deeply satisfying.

  • Courtney Tonokawa
    2018-12-06 22:06

    DNF. What appears at first to be another intriguing book in this series quickly devolved as I got to know the ignorant heroine. The hero, Icarus', story is compelling, even if at times he feels a bit too fatalistic in terms of his decision to end his own life, due to what he has been through during the war. But I seriously questioned Letty's intelligence at various places. She had the brains to choose a useful gift of distinguishing truth from lies, which has helped her as an heiress who is the target of fortune hunters. But despite her wealth and aristocratic connections, she is incredibly naive when it comes to sex, engaging in "oral congress" with Icarus (while he is unconscious!), because she saw her cousin, Lucas, engaged in the act with his friend and lover, Thomas. While it did not surprise me as much as I thought it would, given the history of old school "bodice rippers" featuring scenes in which the hero sexually assaults the heroine, it still left a bad taste in my mouth, and when she coerces him into letting her do it again, which leads to him doing it to her, I was pretty much done. I am open to trying more of Larkin's work in the future, however, especially the next book, which follows Lucas and Thomas' relationship. 

  • Dmcl
    2018-12-11 17:59

    What a great series, and this is a wonderful addition. Beautifully told, this compelling story builds tension in the reader like none I’ve read before Lettie and Icarus climb an artfully constructed hill throughout the story that leads to a pinnacle of romance and devotion. But the way is rocky, hindered by the ghosts that haunt him and the insecurities that plague her. Through growing love and patient understanding, the both realize what we have always known...that they were meant to be together to do great things. Her magical gift, given by her baleful godmother, helps him conquer his demons and expose a venal traitor, and bring Icarus back to life. I’ve really enjoyed the three entries I’ve already read and plan to complete the series. Miss Larkin has throughly grasped the tone and spirit of those times and done a great job of weaving her story into that era. Highly recommended.I received a complimentary copy from the author.

  • Margaret Sholders
    2018-12-10 19:59

    I have put Emily on my reread list. I like her books. This one is an adult read. There is fighting, murders and sex. As the previous books Letty also has a Faery Godmother who gives her, her gift of knowing lies. Icarus Reid drags himself into a Ball to ask Letty to help him to find some men he was with in the Army. She says she will help him. He was the lone survivor being taken by the enemy. He wants to avenge his scouts. Letty goes with him to find the one who betrayed him. While they travel Reid helps people who need help. On their way to the last man Letty finds cousins she never knew she had. Spoiler. This is a long story. It is hard to put it down. This also makes you get tissues and walk away. If you like Magic, Fae, murder and traveling all over then you should enjoy this book. I hope you choose to read this story. Enjoy your reading. Don't let it slip through your hands! I volunteered to read and review this book.

  • Jane Mercer
    2018-11-27 18:58

    SPOILERSAn emo hero usually puts me off, the hero in this book is suffering on a mission, he is betrayed and tortured to give information, wracked by guilt he is determined to find out who betrayed him, and his compatriots who were all killed.Enter Letitia Trentham, given a gift by a fairy godmother she can hear an untruth and tell when someone is honest, handy when she has an immense fortune and chased by fortune hunters.Icarus (yes Icarus) Reid, approaches her with a request to see which of his suspects are lying or telling the truth.Reluctantly at first she agrees, later with more enthusiasm kicking off the traces of a staid predicable life to help Reid.They pose as man and wife traveling to interview Reid's suspects picking up strays on the way.They are delightfully drawn characters, Letty determined to help Reid falling in love as she does so Reid falling in love too but haunted by nightmares, literally of his past.Despite the fairy godmother a believable romance

  • Jeri
    2018-11-22 19:47

    Just the right amount of magicI am NOT a reader of fantasy. I don't read about the "fey". I am a true aficionado of historical romance. (Regencies are my favorite!!) This book showed up on my Bookbub daily bargain list last week. It sounded interesting, so I decided to try it (despite the magic). I loved the heroine - Leticia Trentham. She is strong, comfortable in her own skin, intelligent and empathetic. She is also deeply caring. The hero, Icarus Reid, is wounded, but not weak. The journey these two embark is a wonderful story. This is a love story first and foremost, where magic is incidental. I strongly recommend it!

  • Mclaudia
    2018-12-15 19:09

    I really enjoyed this book despite its darker themes. I'm not one for paranormal romance, usually, but Letty's magic power was a little easier to understand/relate to than Charlotte's (heroine in "Unmasking Miss Appleby") and the author deftly deals with it without asking too much from readers like myself. Strong writing and strong characterization. To echo a few of the other reviews, I did feel it could have been a bit more romantic, but after all that the hero goes through, it could have possibly felt forced. 4 1/2 stars.

  • Synergy
    2018-12-06 18:45

    ImaginativeUnique, imaginative and sexy, the Baleful Godmother Series is worth every penny. I'm a Kindle Unlimited subscriber who also often has the opportunity to review advance reader copies (ARC) before they're released. This means that I rarely have to pay for each book I read. So when I pay for a book, I'm expecting something extra special. Trusting Miss Trentham cost me $4.99, kind of expensive considering the thousands of options at .99-2.99. Yet, honestly I think it was worth every penny. Coming from me, that's saying something.

  • MELISSA
    2018-12-11 21:06

    One of the best.No summary here - simply my thoughts. This was one intense HEA. I truly appreciated the way what we now call post traumatic stress disorder was treated. Very believable. Very strong male and female characters were very well described. The saga of tracking down a traitor to the crown was quite a drama. And the whole knowing when somebody was lying worked wonderfully. Really a great (if not light) read.

  • Sally Hannoush
    2018-12-01 21:04

    I enjoyed this Baleful Godmother story. There were a lot of shocks and surprises with a bit of mystery and misery. I loved her gift but it makes a heavy life. I loved meeting the characters and watching them grow throughout the book. I loved the part where she meets a fellow cousin and wish it was expanded upon. I look forward to more!