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ARC Novella Review: India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby by Carol K Carr

Submitted by on December 13, 2012 – 4:00 amNo Comment

Author: Carol K Carr
Title: India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby
Release: December 31, 2012
Series: India Black #2.5
Reviewer: Noa
Source: Publisher

India Black uses her wit and wiles as both a madam and a spy, proving she’s the best there is when it comes to undercover work…

Drawn into intrigue by her lover Philip Barrett, India finds herself being used as a pawn to help him steal a valuable jewel. Turning the tables, she proves that India Black answers to no man, no matter how attractive he may be…

Ah, holiday season novellas, there’s nothing like them. They’re always full of holiday cheer, evenings cuddling in front of the fireplace, and London brothels…wait, what? Yes, it’s time for India Black to take on the holiday novella and I have one word for you: Awesome.

In India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby Carol K Carr finally reveals a major part of India’s past: How she became the proud owner of a brothel. And yet even here Ms. Carr manages to keep most of India’s past a mystery.

The Rajah’s Ruby takes us back a few years to a time when India was a whore in one of London’s brothels, there she meets Phillip, a frequent client she has a bit of an attachment with. When he asks her to pretend to be his wife in order to impress a wealthy businessman he hopes to work with she agrees. But India soon finds out she isn’t the only one pretending to be something she’s not, and when a huge ruby is stolen – all eyes turn to India.

I absolutely love India Black – she has a cynical sense of humor and just manages to make even the harshest realities seem humorous. There were quite a few giggle worthy moments in this tale too. And while the Rajah’s Ruby is short (silly novellas!) It was a lovely treat ahead of the February release of the third installment in the India Black series.

The only thing missing was French, which reminds me – I can’t wait to find out more about his mysterious past – as well as more about India’s…

And if the novella isn’t treat enough, Carr has also included a preview of India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy. Yup, this Doll loves the holidays.

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