Monday, December 8, 2014

Lady Catherine's Secret Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Lady Catherine's Secret book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for 2 copies of It Takes a Spy. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

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Release date: December 1, 2014
Genre: Historical (Victorian) Romance
Series: Secrets and Seduction #2

London, 1853.

Despite Lady Catherine's love of fencing, she needs to stop pretending to be a boy and fraternizing with men…but not until after the fencing tournament! Her mother plans to marry her off by the end of the season, so this will be her last chance to enjoy her freedom. When she impulsively puts her reputation at risk to save the life of a dashing competitor, all seems lost when he sees through her disguise, but he vows never to reveal her secret. Thank goodness for gentlemanly honor!

Daniel, Marquess of Huntley, wants to overcome the rumors of his father's madness so that he can be embraced by London society. His plan is to marry the most proper woman who will have him, and then raise stable, respectable children. He certainly isn't interested in some hoyden with a penchant for masquerading as a boy and flaunting society's rules. In fact, he'd prefer to keep his distance.

When an obsessed suitor discovers Catherine's secret and threatens blackmail, the only path out of social ruin is marriage. But what kind of protection does matrimony provide when a vengeful suitor is plotting the ultimate revenge?



My Rating: 3 Roses

Lady Catherine's Secret was a nice historical romance. It was sweet, though not particularly memorable, and I enjoyed reading it.

Both main characters were good. Catherine was definitely strong-willed, though a little reckless, and determined to be herself despite society's rules. Daniel was sweet and accepted Catherine as she was, rather than who society wanted her to be. I thought they were both likable.

The romance was sweet. Catherine and Daniel were well matched and loved each other for who they were. My only complaint was that the romance moved really slow. It took until about halfway through before they actually started to have a recognizable relationship. But, I still thought they were great together.

The plot was the weak point of the book. It was slow. Not to the point where I got really bored, but enough that I started to skim on several occasions. More than once, I thought "get a move on, already," because the characters were taking their sweet time in accomplishing anything. Despite this, though, I did enjoyed the story overall and the ending was perfect for the characters.

Lady Catherine's Secret was a good historical romance. It wasn't the best, but it was a enjoyable read. Romance lovers, you might want to look this one up.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Excerpt:

Daniel downed the glass of Glenfarclas in one swallow. “My plan isn’t progressing at all,” he said.

“Yes, of course. Your ridiculous plan.”

Daniel shifted under his friend’s amused gaze. “I’m having trouble finding a highly respected woman who is willing to align herself with someone as—as unusual as I am. I believe ‘colorful’ is the most polite word I’ve heard used to describe me. Although I’ve also heard the words ‘bourgeois’ and ‘unbalanced’ bandied about.”

“Stop it.” Wentworth scowled at him. “With your title, you outrank everyone except a duke and the members of the royal family. Nobody would dare snub you.”

“Perhaps not openly, but once they factor in my shipping business, my lack of polish, my mother’s low birth, and the rumors of my father’s madness, I’m beyond redemption in the eyes of most members of London society.” He downed the contents of his glass in a single swallow, savoring the burn that turned into a spreading warmth. “The thing that provides me with the most satisfaction is the very thing these people find the most damning. My shipping business.”

“Why do you care what they think?” Wentworth said as he gestured angrily toward Daniel. “Why place so much emphasis on propriety? After all, your primary goal in this is to find a woman who can provide you with an heir, isn’t it? Why complicate the issue by insisting that she and her family also be paragons of propriety? Don’t you see your own hypocrisy?”

Daniel thumped his glass down on the sideboard and pulled the stopper from the decanter, sloshing another inch of liquid into his tumbler. “I know I’m not a saint, but I refuse to put my children through the same hell I endured.” He turned and glared at his friend. “You, better than anyone, know how much I suffered at Eton. You were there with me. How can you ask me why?”

Daniel clenched the glass as he remembered those first few months at Eton. The loneliness and abuse he’d endured had nearly broken him. He’d begun to believe everyone’s taunts. They were right about him. He was no good. Especially after the horrible things he’d done. They were unforgivable. How could he ever redeem himself?

The dogs of melancholy had nipped at his heels as they tried to chase him to ground. His depression must have been only a faint echo of what his father experienced on a daily basis, and it explained why the man had escaped into a bottle, eventually descending into madness. What if Daniel was destined for the same path? What if his regrets drove him mad as well?
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 2 copies of It Takes a Spy, the previous book in the series.
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About the Author:
Sheridan Jeane
Sheridan Jeane writes exciting and emotion-packed historical romances set in the Victorian Era that confront issues of trust and conformity.

With the advent of the industrial age, life was changing. Many people tried to hold on to the old ways of life while others embraced the new opportunities open to them.

Join Sheridan as she explores the clash between the old and the new.

Sheridan has always loved books, history, and stories about amazing people who blaze new trails.

Despite naming their daughter Sheridan because they thought it might someday look great on the cover of a book, Sheridan's parents urged her in a more practical direction for college. Sheridan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in English.


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