Title: Fool Me Twice
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Meredith Duran
Publisher: Pocket Books, March 25, 2014(available for preorder; Kindle $1.99, Paperback$5.39)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
A LADY WITH A SECRET
Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the duke’s notoriously temperamental housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her. . . .
A MAN WITH A PASSION—FOR VENGEANCE
As his new employee, Olivia is a fearless upstart. As a woman, the daring redhead is just what Alastair needs to rouse him from darkness to the siren call of revenge. He has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies—even his brazen and beautiful domestic. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia.
I think I will characterize this book as a “Historical Romantic Suspense” rather than just a Historical Romance. There are so many delightful surprises and twists just when we think that we have things figured out. Olivia’s history unfolds slowly throughout the book and I couldn’t help but make some totally unfounded assumptions that proved to be totally incorrect. Alastair is such a broken shell that it is magic the way Ms. Duran brings him back to life through Olivia. There is an evil villain that drives the story and the revenge that Alistair seeks and Olivia’s desperation.
The plotting of this novel is superb, the characterization is superb, the dialog is believeable and the setting of Victorian England is brought to life. This book deserves 5 stars and 5 more stars.
( I am posting this review in advance of publication because the price of the book is very low on preorder and you will want to get it. Trust me, this is a good one!)