Saturday, October 22, 2011

"A Necessary Deception" Book Review & Giveaway

*Don’t miss my other book giveaway going on now! Enter to win a copy of Susan May Warren’s Baby, It’s Cold Outside.  

*If you haven't read it, check out my review of Laurie Alice Eakes’ Lady in the Mist and then download it for FREE from Amazon. 

With as crazy as life has been here, I appreciate being able to disappear for a few hours to another place. Thanks to Laurie Alice Eakes, I was whisked back to a time when the ‘ton’ spent their nights at Masquerade Balls and Covent Garden.   

About the book:  

Who Can a Lady Really Trust? 
 A young widow, a mysterious Frenchman, and the threat of
blackmail keep readers guessing in this Regency romance.

 When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never expected doing so would put her family in jeopardy. But that’s just what happens when a shadowy figure corners her during an evening stroll and blackmails her with the threat of treason.

She returns to her family just as the London Season is getting underway, and is shocked when the French prisoner appears in her parlor calling himself by a new name, Christien de Meuse, and carrying a letter from the shadowy man.

While she should be helping her younger sisters, bookish Cassandra, who’s about to get married, and headstrong Honore, who’s about to enter into London society, Lydia can’t help being preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Nor can she deny her attraction to him. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can he be trusted? Is she putting her family in danger or sparing them from harm? 

With an eye for detail and in-depth knowledge of the period, Laurie Alice Eakes brings alive the drawing rooms of London’s elite. 

My thoughts: 

A Necessary Deception was a wonderful book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is filled with everything a good book needs – romance, intrigue, a few parties, the heroine falling for a spy…   

Lydia doesn’t want to be in London for the season with her two younger sisters and now she is being blackmailed. She would much rather be back in the country - in her cottage with her cat – where she doesn’t have to think about the French spy who is turning her world upside down.

I really appreciate that Laurie Alice Eakes’ is historically accurate in her writing and is able to weave details throughout the book without them overpowering the story. It is a hard balance and she does an amazing job.

A Necessary Deception will keep you on edge and guessing as it twists and turns. Can Lydia keep her sisters out of trouble? Can the Frenchman trusted with her heart?  I’ll bet you won’t put the book down until you find out! 

About the author: 

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. 

Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007 and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press.

She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats. 

Find her online at  

A Necessary Deception is available starting October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. 

Now for the book giveaway!
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*Fine Print: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

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