Tuesday, June 25, 2013

An Heir of Deception by Beverley Kendall + Featured Freebie

An Heir of Deception (The Elusive Lords, #3)
A man devastated by love 

After three years of carousing and debauchery, Alex Cartwright, heir to the Duke of Hastings, has put his life back in order. Having embraced sobriety for two years, he has no intention of revisiting the past or risking his heart again. But the return of the very woman who introduced him to the darkest side of hell brings not only the painful, haunting memories of bittersweet love and abandonment, but the son he never knew he had... 

A woman silenced by secrets 

Threatened by the revelation of a secret that could destroy her family's place in society and forever tarnish a dukedom, Charlotte fled England on her wedding day five years ago. Now, although it appears that secret is safe, when Alex discovers her other secret-their son-Charlotte has an altogether different battle ahead. She must now fight one love to hold onto the other-the man whose touch still makes her burn, for the child who is her very world. 

Series: The Elusive Lords (Book 3)
My Rating: 4.5 Roses

I was a little wary going into this book. From the blurb, I was worried that I would get annoyed the the heroine. Run away from a guy, then keep his son from him? Really? But, though that was a small issue, I ended up really enjoying this book. With steamy romance, the mystery of the letter, and a shocking revelation at the end, this book turned out to be a great read.

I wasn't entirely happy with Charlotte. For the most part, she was a great heroine. She might not have made the best choices, but she was strong in how she handled her situation. Overall, she was likable. But, she lost a lot of my respect for how she just ran away from her wedding and it took a while for her to gain it back. I didn't get why she didn't at least told Alex why she was running. Then, when she came back, she came up with the story the she had fallen for some other guy (no one believed that). Damn, girl. Why don't you stomp over the poor guy's heart some more? There must be some part of it that isn't shattered. And, worst of all, why didn't she at least inform Alex that he had a son? He had a right to know.

The whole debacle of Charlotte having run away was only a real issue during the first part of the book, so I managed to move past it and I ended up liking her character. But, it was enough that I knocked a bit off the rating.

Alex, on the other hand, was absolutely wonderful. He immediately won sympathy because it was obvious how torn apart he was over Charlotte leaving him. It just made me want to give him a hug and tell him it would be okay. He was a sweet man. Even when he was trying to be mad at Charlotte, he still couldn't be flat out mean. He was adorable.

The romance was well done. Though the emotions were already there (they were betrothed and in love), they had to work through some trust issues. I liked that the progression of them falling back in love was realistic. And, there was quite a bit of spice. These two definitely had a passionate relationship.

The plot kept me hooked the entire time. The mystery of who wrote the letter threatening to expose Charlotte had me riveted and the revelation of who did it was a total shock. Though somewhat anticlimatic after the dramatic, borderline apocalyptic scenarios I had imagined based on Charlotte's intense reaction to it. And the ending was lovely.

Though it had some small issues, An Heir of Deception turned out to be a lovely read. If you want a great historical romance to read, this is your book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Season Publishing for a copy!
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Deadly secrets unfold on the lonely English heath where a highwayman pursues his dangerous vow of revenge.

Silver St. Clair has vowed to reclaim her family birthright at any cost, but the precious formula for a rare fragrance coveted by all of fashionable London is lost, hidden somewhere in the misty lavender fields of her Norfolk estate. Now Silver must risk her reputation and her life, striking a wanton bargain with England's most notorious highwayman, whose price will be her unconditional surrender, her unbridled passion - and her stubborn heart.

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