"An entertaining Regency romance"
In 1814 England, though her spouse is much older than
her and ailing, Lady Diana Rainville loves Geoffrey. They
both desperately want a child, but she is a pure innocent
and he can no longer sire an heir. Desperate to not allow
the estate to fall into the hands of a gambling wastrel,
Geoffrey concocts a plan to have a surrogate father
impregnate his shocked spouse. He turns to his nephew, a
second son, to sire an heir.
Reluctantly Gavin Winslow agrees to the scheme only as
a deathbed pledge he makes with his dying uncle. However,
neither Gavin nor Diana could fathom the feelings that
spring up between them and the length an unknown assailant
abetting Montjoy will go to gain the inheritance.
SWEET DECEIT is an entertaining Regency romance that is
at its best when the villains remain off stage and the plot
focuses on the triangular relationship. When the honorable
Gavin, the trusting and loyal Diana, and the memories of
the good Geoffrey take center stage, the readers feel the
angst and guilt of the lead protagonists as they fall in
love with one another while also loving the deceased
Geoffrey. When the villain and his partner intercede in
the plot, they feel like intruders slowing down an engaging
relationship drama. Lynn MacKay furbishes a wonderful
historical romance that sub-genre fans will want to read
and desire similar but more succinct works from this author.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 9, 2002