Snakes in the Garden
by Victoria Roberts & C.A. Roberts
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Award-winning author Victoria Roberts and debut author C. A. Roberts (mother/daughter) bring you an exhilarating tale of assassins, Highlanders, and the English court.
Following in the footsteps of her late father, Annella Poley is an assassin for the Crown. She’s determined to avenge her father’s death, no matter what the cost. But then a brawny Highland captain crosses her path and helps her uncover secrets of her past that might save her future…unless she kills him first.
Marcus Grant would rather be anywhere other than the English court. When his laird orders him to follow a mysterious woman who can fight as well as any man, he’s trapped in the last place he wants to be. Marcus knows Annella is not to be trusted, and he plans to expose what she’s been hiding—but that’s before he risks everything by falling in love.
This is an amazingly good novella length story written as a follow up to Kill or be Kilt. A mother/daughter collaboration, it is very well written. Because the daughter in this case is a teen the sexual content seems minimal but there appears to be a bit more violence than what I have come to expect from Victoria Roberts books.
It is still an overall good first effort by the mother/daughter pair.
I would give it a 3.75 star rating.
I received a digital ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Overview by Author:
A blind marquess who detects lies…
A spinster who hides behind deceit…
Can even magic bring them together?
“Patricia Rice weaves magical love stories” – Mary Jo Putney, NY Times Bestselling Author
Discover the third book in NY Times bestseller Patricia Rice’s Unexpected Magic historical romance series!
Scorned by suitors for her statuesque size, Harriet Stansbury bolts when her abusive stepfather begins negotiating with impecunious aristocrats to sell her for her dowry. When opportunity offers, she daringly takes a position in an eccentric household until she can claim her fortune.
Once a dashing rakehell, Duncan Ives, Marquess of Ashford lost his eyesight in a murderous assault. Abandoned by his fiancée, unable to ride the vast fields of his estate, he vents his frustration on political reform. On impulse, he hires the intriguing smoky-voiced Harriet even though he knows she’s lying—like him—with almost every word she speaks.
At first Harriet is a godsend, oddly anticipating what he needs and abating his worst rages. But when her stepfather accuses Duncan of ruining her, the scandal threatens everything he’s salvaged from the wreckage of his life. For the sake of his country, Duncan agrees to marriage. With her secret gift of empathy, Harriet isn’t so certain. She’s falling in love with the impossible marquess, but dare she risk her wounded heart for a man who can’t love her? And can Duncan learn to trust a woman whose voluptuous curves paralyze his good sense, but who is far more than she seems?
I loved this 3rd book in this wonderfully written series. In this reader/reviewers opinion it is the best yet of this series.
It re-introduces the chaotic and hilarious elements to be found in book #1, “Magic in the Stars”. These elements seemed to be put aside in Book #2 “Whisper of Magic” which was of a more serious nature throughout. The characters which we have mostly been introduced to in the previous two books are well developed and the storyline is both imaginative and engrossing.
“Magic in the Stars”made me laugh endlessly, as does this one. We have children, dogs, a blind Marquess who throws inkpots and drives a curricle to the rescue of one of his twin sons and various other characters that make you laugh. Don’t miss this delightful addition to The Unexpected Magic Series.
I would give this book a 4.75 star rating.
I received a digital ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.