Behind Iron Lace - Mercy Celeste I think this book had great potential. I love books set in Louisiana (blame Anne Rice, if you must), so I was super excited to read this. And for a while, that excitement was justified. It's well-written and smoking hot but it moves too fast. I feel like the author tried to cram so much drama into so few pages that she literally lost the plot at some point. So many great trains of thought are kind of abandoned in mid-stride (wow, is that ever a mixed metaphor, sorry) and so I felt kind of annoyed and bereft at the end, despite the happily ever after. The length (or lack thereof) wouldn't have bothered me so much if some of the extraneous stuff had been trimmed, but as it is, this story is a bit overburdened.