MISTRESS OF DECEPTION
Rating: 3 cups
Isabella DiAngelo, like any well born young lady, expects to marry well and have a family. Since her father’s death, her brother has other plans for her and she is determined to foil them.
Marco Galleazzo is the nephew of the Duke of Ferrara, sent to Rome to find out more about his cousin’s future bride, Lucrezia Borgia. He is betrothed to a beautiful and well-connected woman, but dreams of a red haired beauty.
Isabella is forced for flee for her life when her half-brother tries to murder her for her dowry. Disguised as a boy she manages to convince Marco to hire her as a body servant, so that she can get to Rome and her uncle. Her sex is soon discovered but the growing passion between them is threatened by the lies she feels she is forced to tell.
This story is set in one of the most turbulent times in history, Italy in the time of the Borgias. Corruption and deception are rampant and the author does a good job of capturing the feel of the time. Isabella and Marco are well written characters with great chemistry and passion. Paolo and his wife are greedy and evil and fit in well with their new patron. Antonia, the courtesan, is one of the most likable characters. The other characters are very vivid also and the author turns the infamous Lucrezia Borgia back into a person, an ordinary girl in an extraordinary situation with a manipulative family. The plot is an adventure from beginning to end with lots of action and some very hot love scenes. I had to keep reading to see if the two main characters would survive, and then if they would end up with each other.
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