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    Fantastic Romance!

    The Lady’s Deception by Susanna Craig is book three in her Rogues and Rebels series. Though part of a series, this novel reads as a standalone. This is a romance that hits all the right notes. Paris Burke is Dublin’s most charismatic barrister. He’s looking after his two youngest sisters while his parents are away. He hires Rosamund Gorse as the girls’, Daphne and Bellis, ages ten and eight, governess without asking the pertinent questions. Rosamund Gorse is hiding from her unscrupulous brother, Charles, who is determined to sell her to Lord Dashfort, a scoundrel of the highest order. She accepts the position as governess to Paris’ sisters, though she knows she shouldn’t have let him believe she was a legitimate candidate for job. Rosamund and Paris find themselves bonding, even though she’s an English miss and he’s an Irish rebel. Will they overcome their personal issues and fully embrace the romance they’ve begun, however unwittingly. Ms. Craig has presented us with a well-written romance. The characters are relatable and have full backstories to complete their development. The plot held my attention from beginning to end. The author also gives historical details that enhance the story. I rate this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers of romance, especially historical romance. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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    Historical Romance

    The Lady’s Deception by Susanna Craig Rogues & Rebels #3 When Paige Burke overhears her half-brother’s plot to marry her off to someone she is not interested in she flees with the plan of finding a lawyer to find out what her rights are. Stumbling across barrister Paris Burke when she finally reaches town she realizes that he has misunderstood her purpose, thought she was there to be the new governess and headed home with him to do her best with his two younger sisters. She is still hopeful she can find a way to elude her brother and the man he has in mind for her but in the meantime hunkers down and fits in as she can in Burke’s home. This story has precocious young girls, a kitten in need, a barrister trying to make amends, a dastardly brother, smugglers, a “ghost”, a look into the lives of those in the previous books of the series, a bit of history and a lovely romance. This story with a HEA for Paris and Rosamund was an enjoyable way for me to escape to a different time and place instead of dealing with the not so wonderful news and weather outside. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington – Lyrical Press for the ARC – this is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
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    A Wonderful Story

    Each story that I read by this wonderful author only makes me anxious to read more! Rosamund Gorse was desperate. She would not be sold by her brother to that man and her only thought was to get away and find someone to help her, possibly a lawyer? Good fortune smiled down on her when she met Paris Burke (don't you just love that name? sigh). Practically crossing in front of his path, it seemed fate was at work. He was making his way to his next appointment to a lady who was to help him find a governess for his two young sisters and he mistakenly took her for the candidate! I loved every bit of this book. The characters of Paris and Rosamund had me holding my breath to see what would happen. Paris, an Irishman, with his wounded soul who needed find peace and forgiveness within himself. The sisters, Daphne and Bell where delightful and impish and won my heart and of course their precious kitten. But of course, Paris does not know her secret but it will come out and you will just have to read to find out what happens! Perfect. That is all I can say! I read this through NetGallery and the Publisher
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    Unusual and interesting book - I enjoyed it

    Paris Burke, a barrister, a young man with some Irish blood, takes part in a failed Irish rebellion and feels guilty about the suffering that resulted from it, including for a member of his own family. Paris is not a titled lord, which was a very nice change, and he doesn't live in a mansion. As a matter of fact, they aren a little pressed for space and don't have very many servants. One day near his law office, he mistakes a young woman for the governess he is to interview for his two young and precocious sisters (Daphne and Bellis, known as Bell). Rosamund is on the run from her brother, her only living relative, who intends for her to marry a man she finds abhorrent. From what she overhears, it is evident that her consent will be forced if needed. She has made it to the Four Courts, intending to seek out a lawyer, when she runs into Paris Burke - who mistakes her for the governess. Rosamund, who is footsore, hungry and has only the clothes on her back, recognizes a lifeline when she sees one. She affirms that she is indeed the governess sent to teach his two sisters. Paris is surprised at this as he is expecting to only interview her, but accepts her at her word. Fortunately. (I was holding my breath for her before she met Paris, since she was alone at dusk in a strange place, friendless and had no money.) This is an interesting, exciting, and complex story with multiple plot threads that are all woven to a satisfying conclusion. I particularly enjoyed the last few chapters when the Burke family all came together. A note for other readers: If while reading this book, you desire more information on the historical background, I highly recommend reading the Wikipedia article about the Acts of Union 1800, which also gives information on the Irish rebellion of 1798. I found it made the book - and Paris - much easier to understand and gave me a deeper appreciation of the story. 4 and 1/2 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for this advance reading copy. This is my honest opinion.
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    A wonderful story of healing

    Will two persons who are running away, find a path to one another. I do love this series, why after reading The Companion’s Secret, I preordered without even a though the next installment to come. It is not often I have read an historical romance with Ireland as a background. The change of scene and the different setting is like a breath of fresh air. At first I was not sure if I liked Paris Burke, he was so filled with anger in the first book. Then this anger was a masquerade to hide his own guilt. He has an immense love for his family but he feels like his past actions had created a chasm between them and himself. He can’t shake of his mind the idea, he was the one whom brought tragedy among his kin. Since he can’t forgive himself and avoid them whenever possible. Thus how he finds himself in charge of the custody of his younger sisters, when he didn’t followed his parents to England. By his changes of customer base, he tries in his own way to make amends for his past errors. Still, his remorses prevent him from involving himself in his siblings education, hence his need for a governess. Rosamund, despite her sheltered upbringing, is no pining miss. Even when she finds herself in dire circumstances, she makes things do. She arranges her tales in order to adapt to her new environment. She is smart and resourceful, using her surrounding to accommodate to her new “occupation”. By employing her cleverness and friendliness wisely, she easily won her new charges unwavering affection. Paris’ sisters are two adorable girls, creative and full of mischief. With the fur ball Eileen, they are messengers of happy moments. In spite of the agitated background, it was no sad tale, even the supposed vilains are not so bad, mostly ill-advised people. It is a story about forgiveness and letting the past and its old bitterness go to be able to enjoy a brighter future. I loved this narrative which focused on the life of a commoner, it. As nice to get an insight of this period of history, as Irish people have a long road ahead of them before being seen as equal as English. Mrs Craig did it again, she crafted a wonderful story which will make you shed a tear, smile, laugh and swoon a bit with Paris, Rosamund, Bell, Daphne and Eileen. 5 stars. Just a remark about the cover, it conveys the idea of a gothic story, which it is not. I was granted an advance copy through Netgalley by the publisher Kensington. I had previously preordered my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
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