Saturday, October 4, 2014

The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke

Release date: August 18, 2014
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Regency Treasure Hunters #1

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?

Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A lovey romance, full of secrets and mystery, The de Valery Code was a wonderful read. From the romance, to the treasure hunt, this book was great and I really liked it.

Margery was a strong-willed heroine who was clever enough to keep up with the best of them. She was okay for the most part, but I had a couple of issues with her. 1) I know she needed money and that was why she went on the treasure hunt, but after so many times of her insisting that the money was the most important part of the quest and spending more time than I would have liked worrying about having to split the treasure each time another person helped them on their mission, she started to come off as mercenary. And 2) I appreciated her desire for independence, but in her determination for it, she often became impetuous and willfully blind, just to prove a point. These issues kept me from really liking her, but I was okay with her overall.

Rhys, though, was wonderful. He was sweet, intelligent, and very determined once he set his mind to something. He was a dear and I really liked him.

The romance was good. A bit frustrating, with Margery's reluctance to admit her feeling, but it was still obvious that they were meant for each other. Both were clever and unlikely to be bothered with frivolities. And, they definitely had chemistry between them. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The treasure hunt was wonderfully done and kept me hooked. The betrayals and secrets revealed along the way kept things from being predictable. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

The de Valery Code was a wonderful historical romance that I really liked. With a thrilling treasure hunt and delightfully sweet romance, this book was lovely. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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