Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review-If You Deceive

If You Deceive
MacCarrick Brothers (3)
Kresley Cole
Pocket Books
Published June 2007
356 Pages
Victorian Historical Romance
Burning vengeance...
Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn't commit. Ethan's reprisal -- bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile -- does little to appease his wrath. Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan -- the daughter of his enemy. At last, Ethan will have the revenge he's craved; he'll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.

Bitter hardships...
When Madeleine van Rowen's family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache. She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.

At what price forgiveness?
The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan's fury, and soon he finds he can't let her go. But when Madeleine uncovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers -- when he once destroyed everything she had?

Ethan, was once handsome as sin until a nobleman had him tortured and scarred, which would change his life, and Ethan spent years feeling a lust for revenge. Now ten years later, he finds a beauty who enchants him and spending a magical night with her, he knows she could definitely break through the ice around his heart, until he finds out who she really is, the daughter of the nobleman that ordered his scarring, and has a plan for revenge, to make her fall for him, marry her and then cast her away from him in the end. Only things never go as planned when the heart is involved, and the more he goes after his plan, he starts to realize that they are perfect each other and he would rather cut his own face again over hurting her again...

The Hero (Ethan MacCarrick)
Ethan, has been blistering with vengence for ten long years. When he sees Madeleine, he is utterly captivated, and is bewildered by it, because she isn't his usual type of woman. Ethan has been mocking his two brothers who have fallen for their women and acted like 'idiots and fools' and plans on never being like they are, totally besotted. But the more and more he is surrounded by Madeleine and her sweet spirit, he will fall hard and fast like nothing before and will be too lost before he can escape.

The Heroine (Madeleine Van Rowen)
Madeleine, ever since she was fourteen years old has been on her own, surviving as best she could. With her family being plunged into disgrace and being destitute, her mother dying from a severe disease, she has had to fend for herself. She has never found relief from her life until Ethan enters into her life, like a knight in shining armor, but when everything comes revealed, will her love for him be strong enough...

My Thoughts 
If You Deceive is the third in the MacCarrick series, and I have read a book or two from this author but they were average liked reads, so I haven't read much from her since, but when I read a really good review of If You Deceive I knew I had to give her historical's a chance, and I think I just loved this one and I am much looking forward to reading the rest in the series.  I loved how there were different twists and turns throughout the story that continued to surprise me at every turn....the passion and heat between Madeleine and Ethan was body tingling, and the fast paced action kept me in suspense. The writing in If You Deceive was tantalizing and drew the reader into her story with a superb talent that I hadn't experienced from this author...looking forward to reading more from her!! A Splendid Read!!

My Grade On This Book 
4.5 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series 
If You Dare
If  You Desire


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