Aug 29, 2019

Mini Review--Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco

In this irresistibly-priced short story, catch a glimpse of the inner struggles and triumphs that drive Stalking Jack the Ripper's endearing but troubled hero.

Enigmatic, brooding, and darkly handsome, Thomas Cresswell has always been the one mystery Audrey Rose has never been able to fully solve. As brilliant partners in crime investigation, they understand each other perfectly...but as young lovers, their passionate natures have led to both euphoria and heartbreak throughout the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

This novella features a collection of scenes that takes place during and after the pair's horrifying Atlantic voyage in Escaping From Houdini. Experience new and familiar scenes from Thomas's unique point of view, including an intensely personal look into his plea for Audrey Rose's hand in marriage.

With a romance for the ages, Audrey Rose and Thomas reach the conclusion to their epic, irresistible partnership in their final adventure, Capturing the Devil.


Since I finished Escaping from Houdini, the next logical step was to read Kerri Maniscalco's Becoming the Dark Prince! A brilliant little novella that is told through Thomas Creswell's point of view! This takes place roughly towards the end of Escaping from Houdini and extends past where we left Thomas and Audrey Rose!

The bulk of the story takes place while Audrey Rose was unconscious for a day. We watched Thomas completely fret over her well-being. I like being inside Thomas's head. There were many times you wondered what the young man was thinking while we were in Audrey Rose's head and now we finally understand all his brooding looks! Of course, we did have that small novella from earlier, but I read that ages ago, so this was like a fresh start with Thomas!

We learn a few interesting things in this one...mostly, what I suspect will be the plot of Capturing the Devil! As I mentioned in my review of Escaping from Houdini, I now can mention it freely! There was a murder victim that our murderer didn't basically there's a second murderer on the ship who now walks free in America! He gets quietly dubbed an American Ripper, though the name was never actually said explicitly, it's implied, thus the "quietly dubbed." 

What was also quite enjoyable about this one were the moments Audrey Rose and Thomas had together after all the chaos. They had some endearing moments with each other and I was smiling like a goon! Lol.

This novella is perfect for fans of the series and just want more of Thomas Cresswell in their lives! It's really a novella not to be missed!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars

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