Today I have not one…but TWO awesome books to tell you about. And they’re themed around Fools and Folly. Maybe that’s not a theme, but they’re close enough in spelling that I’ll go with that anyway.
First off…no one likes to be Played for a Fool. If you read this book by Stephanie Black though, I promise you won’t be one. It’s a fantastic thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. That’s great exercise, by the way.
Three years ago, the small town of Britteridge was rocked by the senseless murder of Gail Ludlum. Now the people most affected by the tragedy have returned to the place where it all began, and the scene is set for the perfect revenge . . .
Megan O’Connor’s life was shattered when she was unwittingly drawn into a kidnapping plot that ultimately led to the murder of an innocent woman. Though the road to redemption has been long, she’s finally found happiness with her recent engagement to a wonderful man, a pillar of the community. But amid the chaos of wedding planning, the return of Gail Ludlum’s son to Britteridge sets in motion a disturbing sequence of events. Soon Megan finds herself the victim of a series of cruel deceptions that indicate one thing: her past mistakes have not been forgiven or forgotten. As the mischief escalates to dangerous levels, it becomes clear that someone is determined to avenge Gail’s death. And he won’t rest until he’s taken a life for a life.
This suspense-thriller captivated me from page 1. Megan O’Connor has put the tragic past behind her after visiting her twin sister in prison—the same sister who tried to kill her when she foiled her kidnapping plot 3 years ago. But as sinister scenarios start happening, Megan’s life is once again turned upside down as she is played for a fool. I really loved how twisted the story became as I turned each page. This isn’t my normal genre I turn to, but I was fascinated by Stephanie Black’s characters. They possessed layers of depth that made them come to life. I loved the hero and heroine, but the brilliant villains and side characters were just as well done, if not better. I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review, and I highly recommend it. This one’s a winner.
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Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.
This regency romance tugged at my heart strings. The romantic tension between this couple is perfect. Alice’s heart has belonged to Lord Fenton since he was true to his bargain to give her a garden when she was 10 years old in exchange for not tattling on him for setting the field on fire. But he has no intention of letting feelings such as love and passion rule him in regards to marriage. When Alice builds walls around her heart to match her fiance’s, a tempest builds between them. The bantering and fighting is heartbreaking, yet energizing as tension mounts and the reader wonders if there can ever be a happily ever after. I highly recommend this book too. The engaging, quirky couple will tangle their emotions into your heart and make this one of your favorite romances this year.
Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute – but not very friendly – cat.
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