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A Deceptive Bargain

(The Beckett Files #5)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews

Hiding from the horrors of her past, Miss Martha Haskett is content living her days serving as a lady's maid to her friend Eliza, the Marchioness of Lansdowne. But then her father, the new Earl of Waterford, shows up, with the shocking news that she is now a titled lady. Further turning her life upside down, he proposes a bargain. She will have a single Season in London, a

Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Phase Publishing
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Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved learning about Emmett’s story and Martha too. A great ending to the series. Or is it?
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Laura Beers writes some of my very favorite Regency Romances. I love the way she includes spies as part of her plots. And they are all such clever and fun characters! It makes me happy the way that each of this author’s books opens up the world she has created more and more.

This one features Martha, she’s Eliza’s maid. But there is so much more to her than the reader would guess. Martha was sold to a despicable man, by someone who was close to her. She’s not at all trustful of men, and she never
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
This one will rock you to your core. It's a journey to love through some shocking twists and learning to let go of blame. It's a really nice change to see the hero be the one to saving someone from the dark they've put themselves in. Their relationship was very different and really took time to turn from friendship to love. I had a feeling to what her father was up to but had no clue to what everything was going to be. I didn't see who was behind everything coming at all or the twist of the bow ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Regency Suspense!

I have really enjoyed all the books in this series and was ecstatic to get my hands on this newest one. It did not disappoint!

From the first time I met the protagonist Martha (from the first book in the series) I have wanted to see her have her own story. She has such a heartbreaking and utterly devastating past. The author did such a great job showing how deeply Martha was affected by her past through her actions and reactions. Her trauma felt so real and wasn’t somet
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed another clean romance by Laura Beers - I can't get enough of them. But, Martha does have a difficult back story that some may find a trigger point (physical and sexual abuse). However, I think Laura does a great job bringing the seriousness of the issue and Martha's healing without allowing the burden of her story to burden the reader. While I wouldn't place the story in the inspirational genera, Laura offers the reader solid advice about healing and being at peace with your ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. They are all stand alone but they have characters in common. A deceptive bargain is Martha and Emmett's story. Martha has been through a living hell and survived. She is staying with Lord and Lady Lansdowne when she is introduced to Dr. Emmett Maddix. Martha has a fear of all men due to her past. Dr. Emmett helps her to overcome her fears and helps her to realize what a strong woman she has become. Along with the romance there is also intrigue in this book. Something is happe ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy the writing style of this author! I always struggle to speed read or slow down and enjoy her stories. Each book gets better and each story is so different. I think the cover of this book is my favorite but the story is equal to that of the rest of the series. This story is wonderfully written. Five solid stars!

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Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great story in the Beckett Files

I've read the whole series of the Beckett Files so once I saw 'A Deceptive Bargain' I had a pretty good idea that I'd enjoy this one. Clean romance, girls kicking butt, adventure, and suspense. Yep, this is my kind of book!
I stayed up to 3am reading this beauty! I'm paying for the lack of sleep today but I don't regret my choice.
Even though I knew where Beers was heading in the story line I still felt the suspense and most importantly the romance...*sigh*
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! And this book did not disappoint. At this point we have come to expect that someone is going to get kidnapped, there is going to be a battle or fight of some king, and there will definitely be a love story... but the stories are always told in a way that hooks you so you never get tired of it. And I like that our favorite characters from past books are brought back and make appearances in the other books. I look forward to reading the next one.
Deanna Mcalpin
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous Read

This Whole series is an excellent read. Don’t start reading late in the evening because you will you be up all night! Very well written with intrigue and suspense. Love the Attitude of the characters.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

An involved drama. Lots of bad guys, lots of good people aiming to put a stop to them. A great ending which shows good friends can help heal the deepest wounds, and great pain need not steal joy and love from our lives.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deceptive bargain. Bob

An excellent. And well written story. Hard to put down suspenseful exciting and full of knowledge about the life and political theme of the time. Would recommend to anyone. Anxious to read another of her stories.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story

As usual Laura Beers brought us in the regency era to fight with her characters. I really love that serie. It's very well written and the characters are amazing yet flawed. A must read
Jen Weipert
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had a man like Dr. Emmett Maddix. Could he have been more of a gentleman to Lady Martha!
Intriguing story line. Wonderful love story. I loved the ending. Martha finally got her happily ever after.
Barbara Munson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read!

Wow! I love this story of people who overcome horrible challenges in their lives and find joy and happiness by reaching outside themselves and serving others. Such a moving story
Diana Barnett
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everyone one of these books. I just love how Laura Beers brought back the old characters in this one.. AWESOME BOOK...
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this series

Even as the 5th book in the series, it’s great! I love that each character in this book has a connection. The story flows well and includes everyone and their past and future.
Mackenzie Ferguson
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Another great book by Laura Beers. I love getting to read about and explore each characters lives. I can’t wait for the next book.
Laura Beers
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