Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Necessary Deception



When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlour. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entre into London society, Lady Lydia finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.

My Review:

Another Regency I adored. I'll have to stop saying I don't like books set in the Regency period! Too many good authors are reviving the genre with a twist that catches -- and more importantly -- keeps my attention. Eakes' writing style is sublime. She manages to capture the nuances of the time period in both dialogue and description. In fact A Necessary Deception is filled with wonderful phrases that hit me right between the eyes in an explosion of imagery. Nothing like free-falling through a couple of centuries!!! She definitely engaged all my senses and transported me into a different world.

The intrigue is what sets this Regency romance apart from others. Love the way Eakes built it up, slowly at first and then increased the pace until the end was an adrenaline page-turning sprint!  But amidst all the drama and action lies the heart of a really good romance. Lydia's 'mysterious Frenchman' is a swoonworthy hero (my highest rating) even if she doesn't figure that out right away!

Eakes has also set up a cast of memorable characters and I'm on tenterhooks wondering who is going to star in the next book in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series.This one (and every other Laurie Alice Eakes book) should be on everybody's keeper shelf. To get a free copy of your own read below:

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of A Necessary Deception, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTcom. Please remember to put the book title in the subject line. Draw will be held and announced on Sunday October  9. Offer open internationally. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. What a predicament! A lady of society involved with a parole. What an interesting plot line! Please enter me. Thank you1

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Yes -- it's a great angle for a book. Good luck Carmen7351 aka Linda!

  3. Another great review! Looks like a good book. I've never read anything by this author before. Please enter me. Thanks!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com


  4. Oh this book sounds amazing. I would love to read this. Thanks so much for the chance to win.


  5. Oooohhhh, Cathy, you're in for a treat! Good luck on the draw!

    You too, Rebecca!

  6. I adore this cover! It's my favorite new release cover. I haven't read a regency in a while.

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  7. You're right, Melissa it is a very fetching cover! And in this case you can judge the book by it's cover! LOL. Good luck.

  8. I loved Laurie's book about the midwife so I am sure this one would be good. Please enter me:) Thanks!


  9. I did too, Charity -- and book 2 in the midwife series is coming out in February, I think. Can you imagine -- she has two series going at the same time! Sheer heaven for us readers! Good luck!

  10. This book has been on my wishlist for awhile. Would love to win. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  11. I just saw this book for the first time on Laurie's website this morning. I love Regency Era stories and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. I love romance, intrigue,and Regency stories; Necessary Deception sounds delightful. I will be putting this on my wish list.

    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  13. Sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks you ladies for the interview

  14. Good luck Joy, Merry and Anne.

  15. Oh, this one sounds good!

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  16. "A Necessary Deception" sounds like a very good book. Just the title makes me want to read it (why was deception necessary?)but your review mentioning intrigue and romance clinches it for me. Please enter me in the book drawing.
    Thank you!


  17. Wow. This sounds like it is an awesome read. Love a book that has you totally drawn in to the story and then tempted to quickly keep turning the pages to find out just what is going to happen next and how it is all going to end especially when you know the story is to be continued.....

    Please enter my name in the draw. Sounds like an intriguing read and a keeper for the bookshelf.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  18. Consider yourself entered everyone -- good luck!

  19. sounds like a good read as do all your reviews!*