Love may be the most dangerous weapon of all.
Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion...and her heart. Caught in a web of evermoretwisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: in a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
I recently read and reviewed Maid of Secrets, and dived into Maid of Deception right away (Beatrice’s story). Although I didn’t love it quite as much as the first book, it was still a good companion novel, and this series is definitely one of my new favorites!
Beatrice was one of my least favorite characters in the previous novel, so I was curious to see if the author would be able to change my opinion of her. While I grew to better understand her, she still wasn’t my favorite. However, my opinion of her did shift enough for me to be rooting for her to have her happy ending. I especially loved the romance in this one :)
Alasdair was a lot more likable to me than the love interest in Maid of Secrets. His and Beatrice’s banter was hilarious and I think hate-to-love romances are really fun to read about. Alasdair was noble and I liked the way he challenged Beatrice. Their romance was probably my favorite aspect of the novel.
The plot is just as intriguing as the last one, with plenty of secrets and intrigue. The setting of this book is not one that I think I’ll ever get tired of either. The time period is such an influential time in history.
Although Maid of Secrets is still my favorite book in the series, Maid of Deception is an awesome continuation, with a better romance than the previous novel. I’d give Maid of Deception 3.5 out of 5 flowers.
About Jennifer McGowan:
Jennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She fell in love with the Elizabethan era as a college student and is now an unrepentant scholar of that period, happily splitting her time between the past and present. An RWA Golden Heart Award winner and multiple finalist, Jenn is the author of the Maids of Honor series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), the novella A Thief Before Christmas, and the forthcoming novel Maid of Deception (2014). She lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at JenniferMcGowan.com, find her on twitter via @Jenn_McGowan, or visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferMcGowan.
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