Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maid of Deception Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Maid of Deception book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a spa kit. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Maid of Deception (Maids of Honor, #2)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Series: Maids of Honor #2

Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion….and her own heart. Caught in a web of ever-more-twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: In a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Full of sweet romance, court drama, and buried secrets, Maid of Deception was a brilliant YA read. I loved this book! It was amazing from beginning to end and everything about it was wonderful. Loved this book so much!

This book is the second in the Maids of Honor series, but it can be read as a stand alone, since it focuses on a different character and has a new conflict. So, if you haven't read book 1, don't let that stop you from reading this one.

Beatrice was a wonderful heroine. I have to admit, at first, I didn't get the best first impression of her. She had an odd thing going where she was snobbish and cold at times, then wallowed in self pity at others. But, as the book went on, we see deeper into her character. She was strong-willed, resilient, and more clever than most people gave her credit for. By the end of the book, I really liked her.

Alasdair was also amazing. He was loyal, honorable, brave, and so sweet. He was the type of truly noble man that would never go back on his word and loved without reservation. He was just wonderful and I totally adored him.

The romance was very sweet. It wasn't the focus of the book. It was more like it snuck up on the characters while they were focused on the court drama. I really liked how that was done, in a way that was really sweet and realistic. I thought they were lovely together.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were definitely enough thrills to keep me on the edge of my seat, with all the court scandals, spurned suitors, and buried secrets. I totally loved the story and the ending was perfect. I can't wait for the next book in the series because these Maids of Honor are brilliant and I'm anxious to read the rest of their stories.

Maid of Deception was a fantastic YA historical romance. I absolutely loved this book. From the court drama to the sweet romance, this book was lovely. YA readers, this is a book you won't want to miss. 

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author:
Jennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She fell in love with the Elizabethan era as a college student and is now an unrepentant scholar of that period, happily splitting her time between the past and present. An RWA Golden Heart Award winner and multiple finalist, Jenn is the author of the Maids of Honor series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), the novella A Thief Before Christmas, and the forthcoming novel Maid of Deception (2014). She lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at JenniferMcGowan.com, find her on twitter, or visit her Facebook page.

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