THE CONQUEST OF LADY CASSANDRA by Madeline Hunter
The Conquest of Lady Cassandra by Madeline Hunter
Fairbourne Quartet, Book 2
Reviewed by Vanessa
Lady Cassandra Vernham had refused to marry a gentleman when her reputation had been compromised by said man. A few years later, he is dead and Lady Cassandra is selling off jewels to support herself. Trying desperately to survive, she sells a few to Viscount Ambury. However, Yates Elliston, Viscount Ambury hasn’t paid for the baubles as of yet. He believes that they were stolen and refuses to turn over the money to the vixen. It didn’t help matters that he believes she is directly involved in the loss of life of his friend – the friend that had ruined Cassandra’s reputation and whom she refused to marry to repair it. However, Yates is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and perhaps enjoy the favors of the scandalous Cassandra as well. Cassandra isn’t too keen to get involved with Viscount Ambury, but then she doesn’t have a lot of choices in the end….not if she wants to wait out some other despicable parties that have other ideas for her and her charge.
The Conquest of Lady Cassandra was a pleasant enough, no nonsense read, but I still struggled to get through it. The tone of The Conquest of Lady Cassandra failed to grab me in the first few pages. I wanted to care about the characters more than I did, but I think I was getting a bit jaded by the assumptions of so many heroes in the last few books I have read. Yates didn’t help much as he just assumes it’s all Cassandra’s fault. He couldn’t imagine any other outcome until he looks below the surface in The Conquest of Lady Cassandra.
The mystery was intriguing in The Conquest of Lady Cassandra, but I found I wanted to explore the characters of those involved in the past more than I cared about the obstacles facing our two protagonists. I did like that Cassandra seemed to be able to figure things out on her own, and eventually Yates pieces things together, but overall I just couldn’t seem to connect with The Conquest of Lady Cassandra. I wanted more from some other characters, and more penance from a few wouldn’t have hurt either.