“I have begun to believe that a great passion is like a great legend,” Jared said. “It is worth any risk.”
Published: January 1, 1993
Publisher: Bantam Books
Pages: 402 (Kindle)
Series: N/A – Standalone
Love. The sensation was infinitely more exciting than discovering the secrets of a lost legend or exploring the strange customs of other lands.
From a cozy cottage in rustic Dorset to a magnificent mansion steeped in secrets comes a dazzling tale of lost pirate gold and legendary love… Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure.
But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights. Tall and dark, with long, windswept black hair, Jared Ryder, Viscount Chillhurst, is the embodiment of Olympia’s most exotic dreams … a daring pirate, masquerading in teacher’s garb, whose plundering kisses and traveler’s tales quickly win her heart.
Yet all too soon innocent Olympia will discover that the enigmatic and wickedly sensual Chillhurst is no lowly tutor, but a future earl with a wealth of secrets-—the kind that will lead them both on a perilous quest for hidden fortune and a love worth more than gold.
Hi, my lovely bookish friends! I’m so excited for this review because it’s my first sort of dip into the older historical romances. I’ve been leaning more toward the recent releases and current authors, this is my first time reading a 90’s HR. Plus, I think I’ve found a new favorite author. Let’s discuss, shall we?
Deception falls into one of my favorite sub-categories, being treasure hunting romances, and I was completely transfixed from start to finish. This novel centers around Miss Olympia who is raising her three younger nephews, she also has a passion for lost treasure and far away lands and fancies herself a ‘woman of the world’. Enter Chillhurst. A completely dominating, quick witted, and dangerously sexy Viscount posing as a new tutor for the three young boys. What ensues over the course of the book is a scandalous love affair, a whirlwind marriage, a treasure hunt, a few family secrets uncovered, and most of all, a pirate mystery revealed.
With the perfect mix of steamy scenes, witty banter, and trips with Olympia to the library to learn more about the treasure, this novel had everything I wanted all wrapped up one. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters and have come to learn that quirky female leads are Amanda Quick’s specialty, and she can write them perfectly. I liked Chillhurst, too, which surprised me because I tend not to like overly dominant men. Hell, I even liked reading about the boys, they were so funny and I loved seeing how both Olympia and Jared interacted with them.
This novel was so much fun to read, my only dislike was that it was so long. It just seemed to keep going and going and going and the ending didn’t really give me any closure on the treasure front. That’s basically why this wasn’t a five-star read but was instead a four-star read. I really enjoyed this and I can’t wait to pick up her other books, I already have a few and my library has a lot. Also, can we talk about how absolutely phenomenal this step-back is?! I literally cannot with this. I love her step-backs.
Before I wrap this review I do need to mention that this is like your stereotypical historical romance. Lots of swooning and gasping and whatnot, very mushy and scandalous. If you’re not into that then this isn’t going to be for you, but I happen to think that there is no romance too mushy/swoony for me, so I loved this. Basically this was such a fun read and I can’t wait to pick up another one of her books!
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