Review: Lord of Deceit by Sara Ramsey

Sara Ramsey delivers another story as only she knows how. I have read every single one of Sara’s books and I can say I’ve never been disappointed. Her stories are the kind you can’t ever put down once you start reading.

In Lord of Deceit, readers get to follow the love story of Rafe and Ava. Anyone who’s been following the series knows that these two make an appearance in the Duke of Thorns. There are some details about Rafe and Ava thrown here and there in book 1, but it turned out that what I’d thought of them two wasn’t anything close to the truth. I’ll just that Rafe knows how to keep a good cover-up.

Thanks to Ava’s cousin Lucy, Ava was ruined 4 years ago. The consequences of Lucy’s betrayal weren’t anything Ava took lightly. Not only was she ruined in society’s eyes, but her beloved brother had died due to a stupid duel. Her pain at her cousin’s betrayal and the loss of her brother was so much that when Ava is presented with an opportunity that would surely ruin any last chance she has to prove society wrong, she doesn’t think about it twice and takes it.

Ava becomes the infamous Madame Octavia and she doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Her arrangement with her protector works well for her, that is until her “protector” ends it. She doesn’t have enough money to support herself, and she’s got nowhere else to go. She then decides to claim what is hers and heads to her family’s seat. Lucy might have ruined her life, but Ava is not about to let her win what their grandfather left them in his will.

Rafe is intrigued by Ava. He meets her at the last soiree she hosted for her protector and when he visits her he finds her gone. This doesn’t work well for his plans or the mission he’s been tasked with by his superiors. When he finds out that she might have gone to her family’s seat, he gladly helps his older brother to rally up their siblings and head to the country. No one has any idea of what he’s up to, especially when he makes everyone believe he’s nothing but a rake who loves a good whiskey.

All he wants is to get close enough to Ava to learn the secrets her ex-protector hides. He wants to destroy him, because while everyone things her ex-protector is a good person, the truth is he really isn’t. The thing is the more time he spends with Ava, the closer he gets and soon he discovers the truth behind her ruin, and there’s nothing he can do to stop himself from loving her.

Like I said this was an awesome read. Full of witty banter and laughter. And heck yes! I’m looking forward to Lucy’s story next. I have to admit she’s the character I’ve liked the least in this series, but I think after the turn of events in book 2, I might’ve started warming up to her. It’d be good to see who she really is, and breaks down all her walls.

Lord of Deceit Book Cover Lord of Deceit
Sara Ramsey

Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys — a family known for centuries of sin and scandal, now on the verge of extinction. In LORD OF DECEIT, Octavia Briarley continues the family tradition of revenge while fighting to reclaim her birthright — but in the Heiress Games, love doesn’t always follow the rules…

Rule #1: Never give your heart to a rake…

Octavia Briarley took society by storm during her debut season — until one disastrous night changed everything, and she was forced to become London’s most notorious courtesan. She’s already paid the price for trusting too easily, and she won’t make the same mistake again. But when she finally gets a chance to take revenge against the cousin who betrayed her, Octavia needs a willing partner for her schemes — someone charming, aristocratic, and devilish. The kind of man she might have married, in a different life. And the kind of man she absolutely can’t risk giving her heart to….

Rule #2: Never fall in love with the target…

Lord Rafael Emmerson-Fairhurst survived as a spy in Spain through charm and subterfuge. In London, he uses those same skills to pursue justice against those who are above the law. His next mission is Lord Somerville — Octavia’s former patron. When Octavia asks Rafe to help sabotage her cousin’s house party, he can’t refuse. If he can destroy Somerville by using her…well, Rafe never claimed to be a saint, and he never promised to protect her. But he never expected Octavia to be quite so delightful — or quite so inexperienced, given her bold demands and reckless smile. And falling in love is a mistake he’s never made before….

Rule #3: Never ignore your destiny…

As Rafe and Octavia set out to ruin the most illustrious house party of the summer, they discover that revenge can’t possibly compete with the pleasure they find in each other’s arms. Can an innocent courtesan and a broken charmer risk losing everything they ever wanted to seize the love they never expected to find