Zebra, Mar 2003, 6.50
In 1818 at a Drury Lane theater, the four members of the “Compass Club” interrupt the performance on the stage. Actress India Parr takes exception and rips into the aristocratic quartet. Matthew “South” Forrester apologizes for the group. Afterward, he visits India and coaxes her into punching him in the face to allegedly win a bet from his three buddies.
Actually South and his cohorts had a purpose for their boorish behavior during the show and afterward. Colonel Blackwood has assigned South with solving a murder mystery where India is either a suspect or she knows critical information from her assignations with the rich and famous. South “abducts” India in an effort to seduce her into telling him the dark secret that he knows she hides from him while love flourishes between the combatant lovers.
EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED, book two (see LET ME BE THE ONE for the first story) of Jo Goodman's Compass quartet of novels, is an exciting Regency romance. The story line is fun to observe as the exchanges between the lead couple are often humorous and as frequently passionate with some cases a mixing of both. The return of previous cast members serves as a double-edged sword as it nice to see them, but when the foursome get together they are diverted from the key plot of romance and capturing a killer. Still fans of Regency romantic suspense will take much delight with second tale while waiting for the other two points to be told.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner