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FATEFUL DECEPTION
KATE ALLAN
ISBN# N/A
2006
Belgrave House
www.belgravehouse.com
E-book
$3.00
158 Pages
Regency
Rating: 4 Cups

Lucinda Handscombe is newly orphaned and freshly out of the schoolroom, when highwaymen accost her and her male guardian. After Lucinda is rescued, she lovingly thinks about her handsome hero, but knows they have little chance of a future.

Captain Robert Monceaux of His Majesty’s Dragoons rescues Lucinda Handscombe and would love to be in her company, but his financial straights prevent him from asking for her hand.

As Lucinda and Robert’s lives take numerous turns, their concern and care for one another are the only things the two know they can trust. Lucinda is independent enough to want to make her own way, but Robert knows he can be a good part of her life. Soon though, the villainous highwayman makes another attempt on Lucinda, and Robert must come to her rescue.

Lucinda and Robert are a wonderful Regency couple and their open and frank, while respectful, communication makes them empathetic from the beginning pages of the book. They are fully developed and I enjoy how well they know their place in society and how this influences their actions. As the love between them grows, their dialogues develop accordingly. The societal rules that challenge them are written into the plot wonderfully. The good and bad characters support the story and are also well developed. The villain is very well written and a perfect foil for Robert’s straightforward military guise, and his regard for Lucinda for who she is as a person. The sub-plots are great and add to an already strong storyline. As a true Regency, the sexuality is more sensuous than blatant, while being wonderfully entertaining. I can easily recommend this as a sweet and charming romance, that readers will enjoy.

Anya Khan
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