Lord of Deceit

Sara Ramsey
Lord of Deceit
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Publisher
Sara Ramsey
Release Date
June 2016
ISBN
9781938312106
Series
Book 2 of Heiress Games
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys - a family known for centuries of sin and scandal, now on the verge of extinction. In LORD OF DECEIT, Octavia Briarley continues the family tradition of revenge while fighting to reclaim her birthright - but love doesn't always follow the rules…

Rule #1: Never give your heart to a rake

Octavia Briarley took society by storm during her debut season — until one disastrous night changed everything, and she was forced to become London's most notorious courtesan. She's already paid the price for trusting too easily, and she won't make the same mistake again. But when she finally gets a chance to take revenge against the cousin who betrayed her, Octavia needs a willing partner for her schemes — someone charming, aristocratic, and devilish. The kind of man she might have married, in a different life. And the kind of man she absolutely can't risk giving her heart to….

Rule #2: Never fall in love with the target

Lord Rafael Emmerson-Fairhurst survived as a spy in Spain through charm and subterfuge. In London, he uses those same skills to pursue justice against those who are above the law. His next mission is Lord Somerville — Octavia's former patron. When Octavia asks Rafe to help sabotage her cousin's house party, he can't refuse. If he can destroy Somerville by using her…well, Rafe never claimed to be a saint, and he never promised to protect her. But he never expected Octavia to be quite so delightful — or quite so inexperienced, given her bold demands and reckless smile. And falling in love is a mistake he's never made before….

Rule #3: Never ignore your destiny

As Rafe and Octavia set out to ruin the most illustrious house party of the summer, they discover that revenge can't possibly compete with the pleasure they find in each other's arms. Can an innocent courtesan and a broken charmer risk losing everything they ever wanted to seize the love they never expected to find?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Aug 09, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
Is it possible to ignore destiny? Can love come to those who are jaded? In Sara Ramsey's LORD OF DECEIT, we are reunited again with the Briarley family, as it's now Octavia's turn. Taking society by storm during her debut season, she is immediately mixed up in a scandal that goes from bad to worse, when she agrees to become London's most notorious courtesan.

But deception is the name of the game in this Regency novel, as Octavia takes revenge on those who sought to harm her, while fighting for Maidenstone (her family's home).

Lord Rafael (Rafe) Emmerson-Fairhurst was a spy in his Majesty's service who takes it upon himself to chase justice when he sets his sights on Lord Somerville. But to do so would mean involving Octavia.

What ensues is a lovely historical romance novel that takes us through London society and all the trappings and jealousies that intersect as characters vie for standing, recognition and acknowledgement.

Likes: Octavia's mind and how straightforward she is. I thoroughly enjoyed how her character came across as boldly refreshing. Rafe seemed more of a rake but their banter was what drove the novel for me and kept me turning the pages.

While this is part of a series, each novel is a standalone story with its own happily ever after.
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