Also by this author: The Love of a Rogue, Seduced By a Lady's Heart, Loved by a Duke, The Heart of a Scoundrel, To Wed His Christmas Lady, To Trust a Rogue, To Woo a Widow, To Redeem a Rake (The Heart of a Duke Book 11), The Rogue's Wager (Sinful Brides #1), Along Came a Lady (All the Duke's Sins, #1)
Published by Independently Published on June 30, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
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***This dark, sweeping Regency novel was previously only offered as part of the limited edition box sets: "From the Ballroom and Beyond", "Romancing the Rogue", and "Dark Deceptions". Now, available for the first time on its own, is "My Lady of Deception".
Everybody has a secret. Some are more dangerous than others.
For Georgina Wilcox, only child of the notorious traitor known as “The Fox”, there are too many secrets to count. However, after her interference results in great tragedy, she resolves to never help another... until she meets Adam Markham.
Lord Adam Markham is captured by The Fox. Imprisoned, Adam loses everything he holds dear. As his days in captivity grow, he finds himself fascinated by the young maid, Georgina, who cares for him.
When the carefully crafted lies she’s built between them begin to crumble, Georgina realizes she will do anything to prove her love and loyalty to Adam—even it means at the expense of her own life.
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Christi Caldwell weaves an intricate tapestry of betrayal, love, loyalty, and romance in The Lady of Deception, the first in her new historical romantic suspense series Brethren of the Lords. The Lady of Deceptions starts out bloody and bruised as crown spy Adam Markham has been betrayed and had landed in the grasp of brutal Irish nationals. Georgina Wilcox is the young woman who tends to him in his captivity and she is ill used by his captors The Fox and The Hunter, but it has not cowed her braver in helping stifle their plans. Georgina is a wonderful fleshed out character, full of compassion and unrelentingly love, even when she is herself betrayed and ill used by those around her. Georgina circumstance broke my heart, and how she is used as a pawn by everyone around her is horrendous. The tale that Caldwell spins is gut wrenching, full of emotional pit falls, and unforgivable treachery.
Adam and Georgina come to learn what love and sacrifice is really all about as their relationship is tested from the very start; and those outside forces destroy the minor trust that this couple has in each other.
The ending felt lacking, and for all the ugliness that Adam spewed I really need more contrition from him. At the same time I do need to defend Adam as the girl he loved moved on quickly after he was out of sight. So he is quick to paint Georgina with the same brush as Grace. The man is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, and he is betrayed by everyone! My heart bled for him, but I also wanted to kick is ass, as he cuts the valet Georgina to the core. This is why I would have loved a longer ending, with more contrition on Adams part.
Note to readers, this book is darker and more carnal than previous Caldwell books that I have read.
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