Title: Intimate Deception
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Laura Landon
Publisher: Montlake Romance, Oct. 2012
Available for pre-order on Amazon.com
Source: Free for Review from Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
When Lady Grace Warren’s father sells her in marriage to the depraved Lord Fentington, she knows only the most drastic action will save her from a life of misery. In Victorian England, a woman possesses only one item of value: her virtue. Without it, Fentington will not want her—nor will any other man. But at least she will be free. Now she must find a man with whom to pass the fateful night, a man who will ask no questions, make no other demands. Because for a woman preparing to risk everything, no ordinary man will do…
After losing two wives in childbirth, Vincent Germaine, Duke of Raeburn, vows never to marry again. Racked with guilt over the lives lost in his quest for an heir, he is careful now to take his pleasure only with London’s most discreet courtesans. Yet when he learns that a passionate encounter with a bewitching stranger may have put yet another life at risk, Vincent sets out to find the unsuspecting girl—and discovers a woman of incomparable courage, beauty, and strength. But can two strangers brought together by desperation find true love against all odds?
New to me author, Laura Landon, has written about a dozen romance novels. But that was evident to me without even knowing that trivia in advance. Her skill at character and plot development was obvious right from the first pages.
Vincent was a dashing duke even if he did get a bit whiny throughout. I did want to tell him to “buck-up ole bean”. Grace was a bit naïve and ignorant about the birds and the bees but we forgive her for those small traits because she was successful in avoiding marriage to the villain. That villain and Grace’s father were not nice at all. Thankfully, Grace had her sisters for support. There is a twist and it is hinted at so that it is not a total surprise but still surprising enough.
A recommendation from me and I will be reading more from Ms Landon.
Amazon.com currently has Ms Landon’s book , WHEN LOVE IS ENOUGH, onsale for Kindle for $.99. I think this will be my next purchase.