*I read this in April 2017. I reviewed it then. I read this as an arc. As always, this is my honest opinion.
My review of Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey is here. Although, these two are stand alones and don’t need to be read together.
Needless to say, I loved Love, Lies and Spies so I was excited when I was granted an arc of Duels & Deception even though I was kind of sad to not see my favorites from LL&S, I adored Duels & Deceptions.
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…
Okay, so I loved Lydia, a lot. She’s feisty and bossy (in a good way) and generally gets what she wants. Her narrative was fun and made me laugh so much. Robert’s narrative was also a lot of fun. Basically, this book had me laughing so much that at 2am I couldn’t put it down.
It’s hard to sum up my thoughts on this book. I enjoyed the ride a lot. The kidnapping plot, the drunk uncle, the flirty cousin. It had all the elements that keep the book going. It didn’t feel slow or forced, just light and fun.
Lydia reminded me a little of Emma (Aka. Jane Austen’s Emma), with her control of her own house and headstrong nature. Also, her matchmaking comments.
And, Robert. *swoons*
Overall, I loved this book. It was short and fun and had enough to keep me going. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads (Although, I love LL&S more). It was just right for my mood.
I wish there was more kissing.
A lot more.