Book Review for “Priceless Deception”
Book Review for: “Priceless Deception”
Written by: Jennifer Ann Coffeen
Wild Rose Press
Avail as: print & ebook
Coffeen crafts a suspense-filled regency romance with “Priceless Deception.” When Lady Madeline Sinclair's father dies, he asks one last thing of her – to acquire the rare French Blue diamond and destroy it. Madeline's task takes her to Colin Montgomery's house – the Duke of Douglas. Will Colin's charming disposition distract Madeline from accomplishing her mission?
Set in regency England with Prinny establishing the standard for English fashion and the ton in full swing, Lady Madeline Sinclair joins her Aunt Celia and her cousin, Helena, for a season. Madeline, however, has a mission – acquire the French Blue Diamond and destroy it. Madeline's father buried the diamond in the cellar of the previous house he lived in, which is now owned by Colin Montgomery, the Duke of Douglas. Madeline's father has convinced her the diamond is cursed. On a cold call, Madeline goes to the Duke's house and encounters the man in a state of inebriation.
Colin is nursing a sore heart after being jilted by his former fiancée, Julianna. When he meets Madeline, a spark passes between them and he realizes there's an attraction shared between them – it's primal, raw, fierce, and colin quickly turns himself around to discover what the secretive lady sinclair is up to.
Colin attends a social event with the ton in all its glory and formally meets Madeline. A wonderfully delicious ying / yang relationship develops between Colin and Madeline. Will their attraction get in the way of her objective to find the diamond and destroy it?
Coffeen's writing style is crisp and witty, effortlessly evoking a feel of the times. The plot moves at a quick pace, keeping the reader turning the page to discover what's next. Coffeen takes the reader on a great adventure with Colin and Madeline. Just when you think something will happen one way, there's a twist that takes the reader down a different path.
Colin and Madeline draw the reader into their world with their rich personalities. Colin is wounded, yet embodies nobility, integrity, and honor. Madeline is spunky and full of determination. The little things Coffeen inserts really helps to round out the supporting cast and gives the story an authentic feel – from the gossip, to turbans, to Madeline's disturbing dreams.
The love scenes are intense and highly charged, capturing the explosive attraction between Colin and Madeline. “Priceless Deception” will take you on a suspenseful journey and leave you believing that you can find love in just a look.
Reviewed by: S. Burkhart