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When a Lady Deceives by Tara Kingston
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What an incredible way to start a series. You have mystery, murders, threats, dark alleyways, secrets, underlying passion, protective instincts on steroids, vindication, and love. Ms. Kingston has wrapped all of this up in a story of revenge and doing the right thing.

Virginia Jeanette “Jennie” Quinn is a reporter looking for the killer of her informant and a way to bring the killer to justice. She is clever, quick minded, pretty, cultured and has many secrets she wants to keep to herself. She starts out with an attitude of smugness that quickly changes as she finds herself pulled deeper into a world she truly was not born into ad in some ways unprepared to deal with. She is NOT your normal Victorian woman.

Matthew Colton is the son of an Earl, born on the wrong side of the sheets, spent a portion of his younger life in St. Giles, but brought into his father’s home being given some advantages. He has a good sense of right and wrong, he is seeking vengeance for having had his life ruined and has sunk to depths he is convinced he will never pull himself out of. He has become the enforcer for a crime lord, one that he wants to see pay for the evil he has spread throughout London.

Jennie and Matthew are brilliant together. They push each other and they have a shared passion that could probably light up London. They each have their own way of getting information and once they put their heads together they are stiff competition for the evil they are up against. Jennie brings out the good in Matthew that has become buried, but he believes he does not deserve her and she deserves better than what he has become.

The story is filled with tension, both from the bad guys and between Jennie and Matthew. Obviously different tension, but it keeps you turning pages. The interactions between Matthew and Jennie are fast paced and they have a charm to them, even with the occasional sarcasm from both. Jennie is able to, unwittingly bring out the protective side of Matthew and that helps to return a portion of his humanity back to the surface.

The antagonists are fascinating. They have depth, nastiness and pull you along wanting great harm to come to them. There are several surprises that will have you groaning then cheering. The other secondary characters that are there to aid our couple are charming, Sophie, Bertram, Douglas and Campbell keep reminding you that all is not lost and evil.

A brilliant start to a series. In the end you will see where the series is going and I am excited to see the further adventures Ms. Kingston has in store for us. Ms. Kingston is a new to me author that is now on my To Be Watched list. You will enjoy this story and it is a great weekend read.
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Reading Progress

August 5, 2016 – Shelved (ebook Edition)
August 5, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read (ebook Edition)
August 17, 2016 – Shelved
August 17, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
August 22, 2016 – Started Reading
August 24, 2016 – Shelved as: bur-2016
August 24, 2016 – Finished Reading

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