I've read several of the books Laurie Eakes has published over the past few years, and all were very good and beautifully written. When I first heard about this new series that begins with A Necessary Deception, I was eager to find out what new adventure Laurie would think up next! To my delight, this book did not disappoint my expectations in the slightest--in fact, I thought it was the best one she's written yet!
Lady Lydia Gale made a wonderful heroine. I love the mystery in everything: from Lydia's previous marriage to Christien current lifestyle! Both of Lydia's sisters (Cassandra and Honore) added a great mix into this cast of delightful characters--and ensured that Lydia was forever trying to undo some damage either Cassandra or Honore had done!
The Regency era isn't my usual reading genre, but I do enjoy diving into that oh-so intriguing time period. I am convinced I could never live in that day and age--what with all the high society do's and don't's, I would scandalize myself on the first day without even knowing it! But it is really interesting to read. Secrets and scandal seem to abound, and gossipers were in there element among those of high society. Taken into consideration that Laurie wrote a part intrigue, part mystery novel with A Necessary Deception, she couldn't have picked a more perfect time period!
I admit I was surprised when this book turned out to be just as much a suspense/mystery novel as a Regency romance. What a wonderful combination! From almost the first chapter, Laurie draws her readers in with the puzzling question of who the person is who is blackmailing Lydia. And from that point on, the suspense and romance (oh yeah!) continue to build.
The dangers that Lydia and Christien continually face as they try to find the blackmailer and the traitor in their midst make for several heart-pounding moments. Since everything in their society is oh-so proper, that first kiss between them is long awaited. But when it does come, boy was that a scene!! A Necessary Deception has a wonderful mixture woven into a strong plot--suspense, intrigue, romance, action, mystery...everything this bookworm loves!
I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.