Tangled Webs (Tangled Webs #1) by Lee Bross
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Lady A is the most
notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to
disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events
collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a
sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive
master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through
the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his
pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan
Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the
city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista
partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money
to buy passage out of London.
Everything changes when she meets
Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the
world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her
whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do
for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that
she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the
life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you
ever truly escape the past?
Tangled Webs is the perfect example of disappoint after
building up a book too much in your mind. I'm being generous and giving
this 2 stars. It wasn't a particularly
book, but it wasn't particularly
either. I just got bored after awhile and didn't really care
what was going to happen to anyone. I kept waiting and waiting for
something interesting to happen, but nothing ever did (or if it did, it
was extremely short-lived.
When I originally picked up
this book, the summary made it sound right up my alley. I expected a
strong heroine that was tough and didn't take any prisoners. She
wouldn't let anyone get in her way. Sadly, that is not what I read.
The promises that the summary promoted, did not deliver. Our lead
character, Arista/Lady A suffered an identity crisis and couldn't figure
out who or what she wanted to be. She was overly-emotional, very
easily distracted from her goals by a cute boy, and many times,
hypocritical. Ultimately, she was extremely naive and indecisive, which
led to many bad decisions. I never felt like I could connect to her
character, and she fell flat right away.
The insta-love drove me
insane. There is some insta-love I can do, but this was just a no go
for me. Apparently there was chemistry between Arista and Grae, but I
honestly did not see it. I never saw sparks between them or even a
genuine quality to their "relationship." The romance between Arista and
Grae wasn't described well at all, and it sometimes felt like an after
thought. Much like the rest of the story, it was boring.
were some interesting parts, but as I said, they were few and far
between. This book had a lot of potential, but it just wasn't fully
taken advantage of. Overall, this one just wasn't my cup of tea. I
can't say I would recommend this book, but others might have better