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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review - Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

Book review
By Suze

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Lydia is practical and knows what her future will look like. She will run her father's estate when she's eighteen years old and will marry the man he's chosen for her. The baron she's supposed to become engaged to doesn't have a big fortune, but he has a title and with Lydia's money they can join their estates and have a prosperous future. When Robert, the new clerk of Lydia's lawyer, arrives at her home to talk about business, she asks him to draw up the contracts for her match with the baron and everything will be settled.

Someone is after Lydia's money and if she doesn't pay her reputation will be ruined. When she's being kidnapped together with Robert, Lydia knows her problems are serious. She will do everything she can to keep her reputation, and the good family name, intact. Can Robert help her to find out who's behind the plot to destroy Lydia's life? And what happens when Lydia falls in love, is she still going through with her father's plans or will she choose to follow her heart instead?

Duels & Deception is an intriguing story. Lydia is smart and capable. She's always in control and she knows what she wants. I immediately liked her strong personality and good head on her shoulders. She doesn't get much support of her family, but Lydia can deal with everything that comes her way. With Robert's help she's able to make all the necessary arrangements for a glorious future. He's a clever man and when there's a problem he always has a creative solution. His plotting and planning usually works excellently. They are a fabulous intelligent match. I immediately liked their deep connection and their easy friendship is quite special. They're two wonderful main characters and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to them.

The actions of Lydia's mysterious opponent kept me on the edge of my seat. Duels & Deception is a compelling story. Cindy Anstey's writing has an easy flow and I enjoyed reading her vivid descriptions of Lydia's adventures. I loved the many unexpected twists and turns and the fantastic romantic ending of the story. I also really liked the combination of complicated schemes and amazing sweet love. Duels & Deception is a great entertaining story.


If you love historical romance with many interesting twists and turns and clever main characters Duels & Deception would be a fabulous choice.

About Cindy Anstey

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.

US/Canada only Giveaway

One very lucky winner from the US or Canada will receive a print copy of Duels & Deception.


  1. What an intriguing book! I enjoy historical romance with a strong heroine and Lydia sounds like a fascinating character.

  2. I adored this book so much! I'm incredibly excited to see that Swoon Reads will be publishing a third book by Anstey. YAY! I loved Love, Lies and Spies, and Duels & Deception.

    Great post, Suze! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. Great review, Suze! This sounds right up my alley and very well written overall! Glad you liked it! :)

  4. YA historical author! Wow! Thank you introducing her to us.

  5. I love reading about older time periods and this one actually sounds quite intense!

  6. I've been looking for some historical fiction- I may need to give this one a try!

  7. I have noticed this book pop up on book blogs recently. I like historical fiction so its on my TBR.

  8. romance and intrigue it's certainly is good mix, not what i'm looking forward now but i will keep this one in mind. thank you for the review!