Review: Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah

Reviewed by Jen

Deborah is a widow, who still has not recovered from her terrible marriage.  Though it has been two years since her husband died, his rejection of her haunts her and she blames herself for their inability to find happiness.  She finds her only solace in writing racy romance novels.

She is visiting her late husband’s horrible cousin when she stumbles across a thief who is making his escape.  Rather than fear or revulsion, Deborah feels excited and curious about the housebreaker who steals a kiss before he makes his getaway.   And when she passes him on the street weeks later, an unlikely friendship is born.

Elliot has been leading a double life as the notorious Peacock for some time now.  No one realizes it, but the thefts he orchestrates have a greater purpose.  As a former soldier who lost a dear friend over the ignorance and tight purse string of those in charge, he wants justice.  He steals items that were misbegotten in war, from people who were less than honorable.  Then he sells those items to help the veterans who society now ignores.

When Deborah demands that he take her along on a job, it gives his adventures an entirely new rush. And it’s in the aftermath that their mutual attraction really begins to take off. It’s also where it hits its first roadblock.  For as much as Deborah wants Elliot, she can’t get over her insecurities brought on by her husband’s revulsion of her.  She runs away from Elliot. They circle back to each other. She runs again… and so goes the cycle.

I liked Elliot. He’s a good guy and he is inordinately patient and forgiving of Deborah’s seemingly bipolar behavior.  She wants him, she gets hot and heavy for him, then she slaps him down… over and over again.  And he keeps taking her back. I know I was supposed to feel sorry for Deborah, but I really felt more sorry for him. She didn’t treat him very well.

I had a hard time liking Deborah. She is supposed to be smart, but even I figured out what the deal was with her husband early on… and after seven years, she is still clueless?  There are times when she has potential, like in her attempts to bring attention to Elliot’s cause. But then she would freak out and push him away or shut down on him again. It just got old.

I did like their adventures together, both in the housebreaking and, later, with the veterans.  I also liked the elements of the story surrounding Deborah’s writing and how it helped her cope.  I just kind of felt like Deborah’s issues were overblown and I just wanted her to hurry up and get over it already.

Rating: C


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Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah
by Marguerite Kaye
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin

Review: Rake With a Frozen Heart

Reviewed by Jen

Things are going from bad to worse for poor Henrietta. First, the young governess accidentally intercepts a thief breaking into her employer’s home; then she gets knocked over the head and left for dead.  For a moment, her situation looks up as her dashing neighbor rescues her from a ditch. But the diversion is short lived.  As soon as she returns home, she is accused of colluding with the thief to steal the family’s jewels.  Henrietta panics and runs, stowing away on a carriage bound for London. A carriage that belongs to none other than Rafe, that mysterious stranger who saved her.

Rafe is quite taken with Henrietta, though he doesn’t want to be.  He’s a man full of contradictions. He doesn’t deny his reputation as a rake, but he’s prickly about it.  He is a widower who doesn’t want to talk about his wife.  And he is both intrigued and irritated by Henrietta’s frankness, her honesty, and her naivete.  He decides to help her track the jewels to clear her name and, in close quarters, they quickly fall for one another.

I like Henrietta. She is virtually incapable of subterfuge.  She is charitable and refreshing and she owns her feelings and desires.  I enjoyed watching Rafe succumb to her charm.  He is a hard man, driven by tragedy and guilt, but in her company, his frozen heart begins to melt.

The story was simple but I liked it well enough. I thought it was a little slow moving, especially in the beginning and there were times I had to fight the urge to skim ahead to the dialogue.  There are a few developments that I felt worked out just a little too easily for our heroine. And there wasn’t much to speak of in the realm of secondary characters or subplots.  But the sex was good, even if Henrietta went from an innocent to a wanton at lightning speed.

It was ok.

Rating: C

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Rake With a Frozen Heart
by Marguerite Kaye
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin