Hi my gorgeous lovely readers! Duels & Deception is one of my most awaited books of 2017 since I LOVED Love, Lies and Spies which I read last year (see my review HERE). Stay tuned for my review, to enter the giveaway and make sure you visit the other hosts on the tour!
Duels & Deception
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult
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…
Cindy Anstey does it again! Duels & Deception was an amazing, cute, delightful read!
Lydia Whitfield is heiress to a fortune left to her by her late father. She believes in schedules and structure and dislikes surprises. Her father had always believed that she should marry her neighbor, Lord Aldershot in order to have a title. Lydia is happy with this idea, that is, until she meets Mr. Robert Newton. Lydia is a natural leader, caring, dignified, disciplined and fiercely loyal to those she loves.
Robert is the third son of an earl and as such, he must make his own living. As he did not like the military, he became a clerk for Lydia’s solicitor (lawyer), Mr. Lynch, and is starting his apprenticeship to become a solicitor himself. Robert sees Lydia, not what he can gain from know her since any relationship between them is quite impossible.
On her way to sign the marriage contract Lydia and Robert and kidnapped, putting her reputation in danger. After their misadventure together, they develop a friendship that quickly develops into something more. They work together, with a big of help, on trying to figure out who was behind the kidnapping and the blackmail attempts that followed.
“So what is the plan?”
“Hmm… well, plans are a little lacking at this moment. I had expected to rush in and simply grab you, but there are three guards by the door. I procured a thick stick, but three to one… well, not good odds.”
It was so much fun to see how levelheaded Lydia fell head-over-heals in love. The banter between Robert and Lydia is priceless. I’m so happy with the way things progressed with them.
There is also a big host of characters that are all very well developed. Of note are Lord Aldershot, Lydia’s kind, but scattered-brain mother, Cora, Lydia’s best friend, and Cassidy, Robert’s best friend.
The writing is quirky, original, interesting in a way that make me turn page after page without even realizing it. The pace was great and the ending was too. The only thing that would have make this book even more perfect is an epilogue.
Overall, Duels & Deception is a light, amazing, fun, YA historical romance. I wish we could have a lot more books like this in YA and I’m certainly looking forward to Suitors and Sabotage, Anstey’s next book.
Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.
She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.
Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.