Tongued With Fire by Norman Russell

In order to save his aristocratic heritage and Renfield Hall, Frank Renfield is determined to sell his daughter to an American millionaire. Small problem…she’s in love with someone else, Alan Lavender, who’s uncle is subsequently murdered. When murder strikes again, Frank falls under suspicion.

I had a very hard time finishing this book. I actually put it down weeks ago and only picked it up again because I am between books. It was very hard to engage with any of the characters, none of them is ever fully fleshed out and I found the main characters to be rather dark and thoroughly unlikeable. 

The idea of a modern day reverse “million-dollar heiress” theme (rich American male instead of female) was interesting, but got lost in the story. I found the plotting to be too complicated, for example, the lost heir and all the family history subplot just muddied the waters. There is just so much going on with plotlines and red-herrings all over the place that I could not follow it at times and lost interest. 

This book just was not for me, and while I cannot recommend it, but did finish it, I felt in principal that I should give my honest opinion. 

My thanks to NetGalley and Troubador Publishing for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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