From the back of the book:
HE HIDES HIS TRUE COLORS…
Miss Grace Fairchild is under no illusions about her charms. Painfully plain, she is a soldier’s daughter who has spent her life being useful, not learning the treacherous ways of the ton. She may have been caught in a scandal with society’s favorite rogue, but how can she marry him when it means losing herself?
WHILE SHE HIDES HER TRUE SELF…
Diccan Hilliard doesn’t know which of his enemies drugged him and dumped him in Grace’s bed, but he does know the outcome. He and Grace must marry. To his surprise, a wild, heady passion flares between them. Yet Diccan is trapped in a deadly game of intrigue Grace knows nothing about. Will his lies destroy Grace just as he realizes how desperately he needs her? And how can he hope for a future with her, when an old enemy has set his murderous sights on them both?
I’m really not sure how to rate this book. The problem is that I loved the book – in the end. Several times I put it down, but then there was something about the story that I couldn’t stay away from. Diccan is a great character. He is a character, however, who does some not good things. He is doing them for the right reason, but a couple of them were hard for me to get past. Grace doesn’t do anything wrong and really does a great job of trying to do the right thing for her marriage (even if the things take her further from who she truly is). My problem with Grace was that we were being constantly hit over the head with how unattractive she was. I know that the typical heroine is attractive, especially to the hero, and it was refreshing for the heroine to be less than gorgeous. However, she is treated as if she is an ogre. At one point, two people in the park are making fun of her and actually trip her. I felt that her “ugliness” was overdone. The reader gets that she isn’t attractive in the begining and doesn’t need to be reminded over and over.
The action to this story is great and is the reason why I wanted to keep reading. An organization, known as The Lions, are rumored to be performing acts of treason against the crown. The Drake’s Rakes, a group of aristocrats that protect the crown, are charged with making sure these acts don’t take place. Diccan is one of Drake’s Rakes and has an assignment that he must follow through. This is where some of his actions were not great and make it hard to really like him. But like I said earlier, in the end he is redeemed and I really loved him.
Overall, I would give this book a 3,5. It was well written and intriguing enough that I kept coming back even after putting it down. The parts that I didn’t like did add to the overall story and fit within the world created by the author.
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