Into the Lion's Heart

Beth Trissel
Into the Lion's Heart
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Wild Rose Press
Release Date
August 2011
Historical Romance

As the French Revolution rages, the English nobility offer sanctuary to many a refugee. Captain Dalton Evans arrives in Dover to meet a distant cousin, expecting to see a spoiled aristocrat. Instead, he's conquered by the simplicity of his new charge. And his best friend Thomas Archer isn't immune to her artless charm, either.
Cecile Beaumont didn't choose to travel across the Channel. And she certainly didn't expect that impersonating her own mistress would introduce her to a most mesmerizing man. Now she must play out the masquerade, or risk life, freedom – and her heart.

Book Review by Erinne (author)
Feb 18, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
287 people found the following review helpful
I simply adored INTO THE LION'S HEART by Beth Trissel. I'm not an avid reader of historical romances or even the simply sweet romances, but this tale kissed a delicate smile on my face and I have to admit, my heart melted. Not only was the writing superb and in context with the time and place, but the plot itself was very well done.

Poor Cecile Beaumont has been put in a very awkward situation--her mistress, Sophia Devereux, has requested Cecile pretend to be the vicomte's daughter and marry an English gentleman in her stead! Cecile does as she is told, but the deceit tries at her soul. And she especially has trouble deceiving Captain Dalton Evans, her intended fiancé. She has fallen madly in love with him and she is horrified that the Captain might send her back to war-torn France.

Captain Dalton Evans didn't expect to fall in love with a Frenchwoman, let alone a woman who wasn't a noble, and that has left him in a precarious situation. How long can he keep up Cecile's ruse? How long can he keep up his own ruse that he hasn't fallen for Cecile? And will this have a happily ever after? Or will convention dictate his actions?

For such a short story, this tale was jam-packed with thick emotion, plot, and stirring heroism. Even the ancillary characters were detailed and were more than just a cardboard cut-outs or filler. I sincerely enjoyed INTO THE LION'S HEART even though it was not my usual genre. I applaud Ms. Trissel for this finely woven tale and I will read more of her work in the future!
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