Reader, I Married Him by Janet Mullany
Publisher: Loose ID
Length: Short Story (64 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Two con artists descend on the heroic Miss Jane Eyre, presenting themselves as her cousins Diana and St. John Rivers, and discover the dark secret of Thornfield Hall. Edward Rochester, whom Jane was to marry, is her prisoner and sex slave, but he’s tiring of the game.
Diana frees him and herself, finally able to choose love and the life she wants. St. John, who fears he’s lost his nerve as a con man, becomes Jane’s lover with reenactments of her sadistic Lowood School memories, and love sets him off on a new adventure in pursuit of Jane.
Two cons artists, Diana and St. John are on their way to Thornfied Hall to pose as cousins of Jane Eyre.
I'll stop telling you about the plot right here because, yes, it's that Jane Eyre. And if you thought you knew the story about her and Mr. Rochester, you might just be mistaken. Author Janet Mullany has skillfully put a whole new spin on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. In this version, Jane is no longer the innocent young woman we believed her to be and you won't believe what she's been getting up to with the master of the house.
The descriptive paragraphs at the beginning of the story are wonderful. I really felt like I was riding in the coach across the English countryside. The characters are very unique and well rounded. I especially like the two baddies, Diana and St. John. Mullany is obviously a fan of the genre and my hats off to her for giving such a creative new spin to a much loved story. It's very atmospheric which I felt added to the sensuality of the plot. The author has a magical way with words.
If you like a very sexy gothic that can be read in one hot, yummy gulp, then I say pick this one. You won't be disappointed.