Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: Duels and Deception

Title: Duels and Deception
Author: Cindy Anstey
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

Well that was adorable. I love this era of romance novels, so I was truly excited about this one. We have a Miss Whitfield, who is not just a prim and proper lady, but also truly runs her household. And then we have Mr Newton, the third son of a nobleman, who is not heir to anything and must work for his living. How unseemly.

According to the synopsis, I had assumed the kidnapping would be a large portion of the book. Really, it took up like two chapters, and it happened fairly well through. This was where I began to be confused. Where it comes to be important is the backlash from it, with Lydia and Robert trying to keep the fact that she was away from chaperones for an evening hidden. Except that there is never really much of a threat of the secret being exposed. Everyone knows Lydia, and they have concocted a great story to tell the world. Rumors be damned, most people will believe Lydia instead.

Still, there were some parts that I feel like I was supposed to be surprised, but I just wasn't. It was fairly predictable who the big bad was.

Okay, so. Yes, I had a couple issues with some parts of the plot. But I loved Lydia and Robert. And I loved the romance between them. They were so cute together. 

If you like Regency or Victorian romance, you should definitely give it a shot.

Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Writing: 4 stars
World: 4 stars
Feels: 3 stars
3.5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way sways my opinion.

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