Deceived by Desire (Gilded, #2)
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Force comes a glittering tale of star-crossed romance set amid the lavish mansions and decadent lifestyles of early 20th century Newport, Rhode Island. But even in an age of great fortune, the heart has its own idea of true riches … Wealthy American industrialist Aubrey Nelson has invited the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook to visit his family’s Newport seaside “cottage” for the summer. With his parents’ departure from New York delayed, Aubrey’s mother sends him ahead to oversee preparations for their guests. But when he arrives, he’s surprised to find the house and staff in disarray … With much to do and little time, Aubrey comes to rely on the housekeeper, a lovely young Irish woman named Maeve Brown. And when he also finds himself confiding in Maeve about more personal matters, he tells himself it’s merely their close proximity that draws him to the compassionate, hard-working beauty. Yet when he suspects Maeve is in danger, Aubrey realizes his feelings for her have grown much deeper than they should have. For what will his mother, who dreams of a society match for her only son, have to say when she arrives to discover he’s lost his heart to a girl of the working class?    Praise for Duchess by Deception   “Force has crafted a masterpiece with the perfect amount of romance.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Deceived by Desire (Gilded, #2) Details

TitleDeceived by Desire (Gilded, #2)
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherZebra
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Deceived by Desire (Gilded, #2) Review

  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    It will be awhile before Force fans and readers see this one, but it will definitely be worth the wait. The setting in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island plays its own special part, along with two very charming, endearing and fascinating lead characters who share immediate chemistry that ignites a wonderful love story. There's an added touch of mystery and suspense added for additional entertainment. I simply loved this one from start to finish. Be sure and catch the first book in the Gilded series It will be awhile before Force fans and readers see this one, but it will definitely be worth the wait. The setting in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island plays its own special part, along with two very charming, endearing and fascinating lead characters who share immediate chemistry that ignites a wonderful love story. There's an added touch of mystery and suspense added for additional entertainment. I simply loved this one from start to finish. Be sure and catch the first book in the Gilded series -- Duchess by Deception -- that will introduce you to the cast of characters featured in this series that will be released on January 29, 2019.
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Force’s Gilded series does not break any new ground in the historical romance subgenre, other than being a little more sexually explicit than the historicals I found on my mom’s bookshelf back in the day, but I am really enjoying these characters and their stories. Even though I knew the direction the story would go, I was still completely invested in these characters and what the next page would bring. The backdrop of the social season in Newport, RI, and those lovely beach “cottages” of Marie Force’s Gilded series does not break any new ground in the historical romance subgenre, other than being a little more sexually explicit than the historicals I found on my mom’s bookshelf back in the day, but I am really enjoying these characters and their stories. Even though I knew the direction the story would go, I was still completely invested in these characters and what the next page would bring. The backdrop of the social season in Newport, RI, and those lovely beach “cottages” of the wealthy social elites around the turn of the 20th century are interesting to me, and Ms. Force’s descriptions made it easy to picture it all so clearly. I was charmed by Aubrey, Maeve, and their ragtag staff, and I loved catching up with Derek, Catherine, Simon, Madeleine, and Justin. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Justin in book 3.Most, if not all Marie Force fans know she is from Rhode Island. Many of her books are set in and around her hometown, including this one. I don’t often read the acknowledgments so I’m not sure why I did with this book, but I’m so happy I did! This story is a loving homage to her family and their long history in Newport. I thought it was a lovely and touching tribute. If you don’t often read the acknowledgments, make an exception in this case. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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  • Sakshi *the bookish romantic*
    January 1, 1970
    Things started well in the book with Aubrey, the owner of the mansion meeting Maeve, the housekeeper. I felt giddy hoping it to be the start of a spicy romance. And then everything started going downhill from there.Maeve Brown was the Irish housekeeper of the palatial house of the Nelsons. The start of the book hinted that Maeve had an aura of independence and strong headedness but nothing of the sort was reflected in later parts of the book. She was more like a meek puppy than a woman who faced Things started well in the book with Aubrey, the owner of the mansion meeting Maeve, the housekeeper. I felt giddy hoping it to be the start of a spicy romance. And then everything started going downhill from there.Maeve Brown was the Irish housekeeper of the palatial house of the Nelsons. The start of the book hinted that Maeve had an aura of independence and strong headedness but nothing of the sort was reflected in later parts of the book. She was more like a meek puppy than a woman who faced violence head-on.Aubrey Nelson met Maeve for the first time and instantly saw her through rose colored glasses. Aubrey knew the housekeeper was off limits to him but he couldn’t resist his attraction towards her. Maeve also yearned for him but she was on her toes not to fall for him owing to her position as the housekeeper and on account of being an Irish. Then came the fortunate moment of Maeve’s past troubles that led to Aubrey’s proposing a marriage to protect Maeve. Despite being through a painful past and violent history, Maeve still agreed to marry him in an instant. Enter Aubrey’s mother, the dragon lady, who had an iron will on everyone and everything around her. She was rather exacting with her demands and obviously didn’t approve of this marriage. Aubrey, however, did not care about the norms of the polite society. Story moved in a way that had me anticipating some exciting events. However, the climax here wasn’t climactic enough. It came and went like a breeze.There were few instances where Aubrey and Maeve started to build a sort of friendship but the author jumped too quickly to the marriage of the two. The coffee, here, was brewed in a haste and the fun was over before I could enjoy any moments of tingles and flutters between the two. I would have loved if the author had explored their relationship as it could have given some depth to their bond. Too many pages were spent on Maeve’s fear of rejection from the Aubrey’s mother and aristocratic society and Aubrey’s steady support. Aubrey was a sweet and caring husband, sometimes painfully so. He rather crossed the territory of charming and went right into the land of cheesy-ville. Gooey romance had me skimming through so many parts of the book.It was just an okay read and wasn't as entertaining a read as I had expected it to be. This could be due to my love affair with the Fatal series by Marie Force. I absolutely loved that one. None of the characters in the book here were exceptionally likable. The story could have played out well if the author had invested a little time in constructing some gripping situations. There wasn't much to the book and I didn't feel like I was reading anything new or refreshing. I forgot about the book, the characters and the story the moment I was done reading it. What could have been an engrossing book led by a promising plot fell flat by too sweet leads, sappy dialogues, unbaked drama and a quick happy ending.
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4.5 StarsAubrey Nelson is a wealthy man - new money, as it were - and has very good friends that include the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook. Aubrey has invited them, as well as other dear friends to summer at his mother's estate.As Aubrey's father is ill, he arrives ahead of his parents. This turns out to be a very good thing. His mother is a tyrant to the fullest extent and had upset her household staff when she was last there that they left the house to ruin. When Aubrey steps into t My Rating: 4.5 StarsAubrey Nelson is a wealthy man - new money, as it were - and has very good friends that include the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook. Aubrey has invited them, as well as other dear friends to summer at his mother's estate.As Aubrey's father is ill, he arrives ahead of his parents. This turns out to be a very good thing. His mother is a tyrant to the fullest extent and had upset her household staff when she was last there that they left the house to ruin. When Aubrey steps into the home, he only sees one person, the housekeeper. He is inexplicably drawn to her. She is a young Irish woman named Maeve Brown. Before she realizes that Aubrey is related to the owner, they quickly share confidences about the state of the house. They develop an immediate bond. However, it is shattered almost immediately once she discovers who he is. Aubrey wants to forget rules and convention and is determined to pursue Maeve. Of course, she wants nothing more to do with him.However, Aubrey learns that Maeve is in danger, and offers her his protection - by marriage. He can protect her with his name and his wealth. Maeve is more than reluctant to accept his offer, but she cannot deny that he is indeed everything her heart desires.This was quite an enjoyable book. It had more than enough to offer. The romance felt real, the dynamic between Aubrey and his mother, and also the rules of society was handled well, and the mystery surrounding the reason for Maeve being in danger was a good part of the story.Although Deceived by Desire is the second book in a series, it will do quite well as a standalone. Quite naturally, readers who read the first book, Duchess by Deception, will be familiar with some of the characters. Many thanks to Zebra and to Inkslinger PR for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    When wealthy American Aubrey Nelson arrives at his family's lavish Rhode Island summer home just three weeks before his illustrious guests, and friends, the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook, he's shocked to find the house in complete disarray. When he finds only the rather alluring new housekeeper in residence, he is instantly attracted and vows to spend as much time with her as possible. There's an enormous amount of work to be done and he's happy to spend more time with Maeve Brown, and Aubrey co When wealthy American Aubrey Nelson arrives at his family's lavish Rhode Island summer home just three weeks before his illustrious guests, and friends, the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook, he's shocked to find the house in complete disarray. When he finds only the rather alluring new housekeeper in residence, he is instantly attracted and vows to spend as much time with her as possible. There's an enormous amount of work to be done and he's happy to spend more time with Maeve Brown, and Aubrey continues to become even more enthralled. When danger from her past catches up to her, Aubrey realizes he has developed deeper feelings than he should and steps up to help her. But with his mother angry and vengeful Maeve's troubles may not end so simply.This book was well-written and I couldn't put it down, and yet it was rather disappointing for me. There was such good build up and blatant foreshadowing for a dramatic climax that would up falling flat and anticlimactic for me. There was so much build up and potential here and it just didn't deliver. Don't get me wrong, the overall happily ever after itself was satisfying, but the path there was just too tedious and then too abrupt. Some sections felt repetitive to me, and while I adore romance (obviously), and Aubrey was endearingly sweet, his professions of adoration and devotion were a bit much, a bit fast, and a bit frequent to be quite believable. Plus if I had to read any more references to "the Irish housekeeper" I was ready to just scream.All that said, I still think this series has potential and will keep trying this author as she moves into historical romance.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    I did not knew Mrs Marie Force was publishing Historical romance, she was a contemporary romance author to me. Why I have not yet read one of her work.I do not know if it is me or the time period sets for this book, but I find it so much more modern than the historical romances have read so far.The writing style is smooth and the plot flows without any bump.It was Cinderella with a bit of suspense.Once I was over this change of writing style, I surely enjoyed Maeve and Aubrey’s story. It was lus I did not knew Mrs Marie Force was publishing Historical romance, she was a contemporary romance author to me. Why I have not yet read one of her work.I do not know if it is me or the time period sets for this book, but I find it so much more modern than the historical romances have read so far.The writing style is smooth and the plot flows without any bump.It was Cinderella with a bit of suspense.Once I was over this change of writing style, I surely enjoyed Maeve and Aubrey’s story. It was lust then love at first sight on Aubrey’s part, once he settled his eyes on Maeve, his future was sealed, he was lost and would do anything to protect her, even going against his own family. His only challenge is to make her fall in love with him and not doubting the sentiments she returns. He is a dotting husband and will go to any length to be sure she is accepted and happy.Maeve after the predicament she found herself in, is weary of men, especially the charming sort, so far they proved to not be trustworthy, even worse. Why she is facing dire circumstances and must do with life still has to offer to her.And Aubrey is everything she knows she must avoid, kind, attractive, from a well-regarded family and her employer. But whatever she tries to deter him seems to not work. He is determined and when one secret is revealed, he jumps on the occasion to get what he desires most, honor bond to protect her.I have not read the previous book, but I never felt lost as each of the side characters had its history explained. It was lovely to see how a deep friendship can become more important and stronger than a blood bond. Maeve and Aubrey outside their first days together have strong supporters who won’t be afraid by the task asked to them.A sensual tale of finding love and friendship despite rank and wealth.4.5 stars I was granted an advance copy by Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Books, I purchased my own copy too. It is my true and unbiased opinion.
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    I did not knew Mrs Marie Force was publishing Historical romance, she was a contemporary romance author to me. Why I have not yet read one of her work.I do not know if it is me or the time period sets for this book, but I find it so much more modern than the historical romances have read so far.The writing style is smooth and the plot flows without any bump.It was Cinderella with a bit of suspense.Once I was over this change of writing style, I surely enjoyed Maeve and Aubrey’s story. It was lus I did not knew Mrs Marie Force was publishing Historical romance, she was a contemporary romance author to me. Why I have not yet read one of her work.I do not know if it is me or the time period sets for this book, but I find it so much more modern than the historical romances have read so far.The writing style is smooth and the plot flows without any bump.It was Cinderella with a bit of suspense.Once I was over this change of writing style, I surely enjoyed Maeve and Aubrey’s story. It was lust then love at first sight on Aubrey’s part, once he settled his eyes on Maeve, his future was sealed, he was lost and would do anything to protect her, even going against his own family. His only challenge is to make her fall in love with him and not doubting the sentiments she returns. He is a dotting husband and will go to any length to be sure she is accepted and happy.Maeve after the predicament she found herself in, is weary of men, especially the charming sort, so far they proved to not be trustworthy, even worse. Why she is facing dire circumstances and must do with life still has to offer to her.And Aubrey is everything she knows she must avoid, kind, attractive, from a well-regarded family and her employer. But whatever she tries to deter him seems to not work. He is determined and when one secret is revealed, he jumps on the occasion to get what he desires most, honor bond to protect her.I have not read the previous book, but I never felt lost as each of the side characters had its history explained. It was lovely to see how a deep friendship can become more important and stronger than a blood bond. Maeve and Aubrey outside their first days together have strong supporters who won’t be afraid by the task asked to them.A sensual tale of finding love and friendship despite rank and wealth.4.5 stars I was granted an advance copy by Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Books, I purchased my own copy too. It is my true and unbiased opinion.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Deceived by Desire by Marie Force is the second in her Gilded series, following Duchess by Deception. Aubrey Nelson has arrived at his parents' "cottage" in Newport to prepare for the arrival of his family and his summer guests. He is appalled to discover that the staff from the previous summer was so disgruntled with their treatment that instead of closing up the house, they had left open all the windows and had purposely left food in some rooms for maximum damage. He discovered that a lone wom Deceived by Desire by Marie Force is the second in her Gilded series, following Duchess by Deception. Aubrey Nelson has arrived at his parents' "cottage" in Newport to prepare for the arrival of his family and his summer guests. He is appalled to discover that the staff from the previous summer was so disgruntled with their treatment that instead of closing up the house, they had left open all the windows and had purposely left food in some rooms for maximum damage. He discovered that a lone woman, Maeve Brown was attempting to bring it all under control. An she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. He misrepresented himself as the new butler so he could stay at her side and help to clean. Of course, that ruse was discovered in short order when the new butler arrived and introduced himself. Things get more complicated from there. Force writes a lovely romance novel. Her plots are different that most of these type books and kind of throw punches at "society," and its ridiculous mores. Her loves scenes are just detailed enough to make them titillating but full of love at the same time. Her characters are warm and loving, by and large. Her villains are well drawn and the reader can feel the evil. Many of the peripheral characters are just that: flat but necessary to the story. Force compiles an entertaining novel, just right for an afternoon poolside. I recommend it. I received a free ARC of Deceived by Desire. All opinions and interpretations contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #deceivedbydesire
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    As one who began reading romance in my teens, I read only regency stories. That changed and I have now found myself back to reading some - Marie Force’s Gilded series to be exact. I have always enjoyed Marie’s writing style and she now has this series (set in the early 1900’s) it one not to be missed. The early 1900’s was an exciting time. The beginning of the Industrial Age evolving into changes for men and women. This book envelopes those changes. It is the story of Irish girl Maeve Brown and As one who began reading romance in my teens, I read only regency stories. That changed and I have now found myself back to reading some - Marie Force’s Gilded series to be exact. I have always enjoyed Marie’s writing style and she now has this series (set in the early 1900’s) it one not to be missed. The early 1900’s was an exciting time. The beginning of the Industrial Age evolving into changes for men and women. This book envelopes those changes. It is the story of Irish girl Maeve Brown and her employer Aubrey Nelson. As the housekeeper for his Newport home, Aubrey falls head over heels in love with Maeve. When danger follows Maeve from Ireland to Newport, Aburey does everything he can to keep her safe. Yet just how safe is she even in his home. Very enjoyable book with mystery, surprises, and a good old fashioned love story awaits you!
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    As one who began reading romance in my teens, I read only regency stories. That changed and I have now found myself back to reading some - Marie Force’s Gilded series to be exact. I have always enjoyed Marie’s writing style and she now has this series (set in the early 1900’s) it one not to be missed. The early 1900’s was an exciting time. The beginning of the Industrial Age evolving into changes for men and women. This book envelopes those changes. It is the story of Irish girl Maeve Brown and As one who began reading romance in my teens, I read only regency stories. That changed and I have now found myself back to reading some - Marie Force’s Gilded series to be exact. I have always enjoyed Marie’s writing style and she now has this series (set in the early 1900’s) it one not to be missed. The early 1900’s was an exciting time. The beginning of the Industrial Age evolving into changes for men and women. This book envelopes those changes. It is the story of Irish girl Maeve Brown and her employer Aubrey Nelson. As the housekeeper for his Newport home, Aubrey falls head over heels in love with Maeve. When danger follows Maeve from Ireland to Newport, Aburey does everything he can to keep her safe. Yet just how safe is she even in his home. Very enjoyable book with mystery, surprises, and a good old fashioned love story awaits you!
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  • Bobbie
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful story by Marie Force. I always look forward to reading her books, and although today I read mostly contemporary romances, I started reading romance when historical romance was about all there was. It was so interesting to read this historical romance and the fact it actually took place in the early 20th century made it even more fun. I had read the previous book, but if you have not, don’t be afraid you won’t know what is going on. One of my favorite reasons for reading Ms. For Another wonderful story by Marie Force. I always look forward to reading her books, and although today I read mostly contemporary romances, I started reading romance when historical romance was about all there was. It was so interesting to read this historical romance and the fact it actually took place in the early 20th century made it even more fun. I had read the previous book, but if you have not, don’t be afraid you won’t know what is going on. One of my favorite reasons for reading Ms. Force’s books is that she develops each and every story to standalone. This particular book was no exception. Maeve and Derek were a wonderful couple and I rooted for them the entire book. I loved reading the history of this time as expertly weaved into the story. I hope there will be another!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    This second historical romance by Marie Force is another winner and I truly hope we will see more of these delightful characters in the future. Set the summer after Duchess By Deception, this is the story of Aubrey Nelson and his rather inappropriate choice of a bride. Not only is Maeve the family housekeeper, she's Irish and she's accused of murdering her first husband! Now if that isn't cause for scandal with Newport Society, what is?Once again Marie Force has written a very engaging romance t This second historical romance by Marie Force is another winner and I truly hope we will see more of these delightful characters in the future. Set the summer after Duchess By Deception, this is the story of Aubrey Nelson and his rather inappropriate choice of a bride. Not only is Maeve the family housekeeper, she's Irish and she's accused of murdering her first husband! Now if that isn't cause for scandal with Newport Society, what is?Once again Marie Force has written a very engaging romance that I found difficult to put down. Even though the characters from the first book do appear in this book, the book can be read as a stand alone novel. However, I highly recommend reading both books for maximum enjoyment.
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  • Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By
    January 1, 1970
    I started my romance reading journey way back in the day with historicals.  From the early '80s and through the '00s, I devoured everything from all the classic romance writers; McNaught, Garwood, Lindsey, etc. I read them all.  Once  I discovered an e-reader and was no longer limited to what was offered in my local bookstore, my romance view expanded and I left the historicals behind as being too tame. However, Marie Force's name has floated into my sphere of vision again and again so I decided I started my romance reading journey way back in the day with historicals.  From the early '80s and through the '00s, I devoured everything from all the classic romance writers; McNaught, Garwood, Lindsey, etc. I read them all.  Once  I discovered an e-reader and was no longer limited to what was offered in my local bookstore, my romance view expanded and I left the historicals behind as being too tame. However, Marie Force's name has floated into my sphere of vision again and again so I decided to take a walk back to where I started.  I was more than pleasantly surprised and it seems that I was doing a disservice to myself as well as historical romance by staying away for so long.Aubrey Nelson goes to his Newport vacation home ahead of the rest of his family with the idea of making any last-minute arrangements only to find that the last season's staff had taken their frustrations out on the residence.  New housekeeper, Maeve Brown has been desperately trying to fix the momentous problem at the house when Aubrey makes his appearance and turns her world even more upside than it already is.  Maeve has problems beyond her boss and the house in total disrepair. Problems that Aubrey decides to meet head-on and with a most unexpected solution.Ms. Force's Maeve is a survivor with vulnerability beneath her strength. She comes from a past which would have broken a lesser woman. One that could have made her bitter and resentful but she remains cautious yet brave. Aubrey is the subdued alpha with a hefty helping of white knight, a man secure in who he is and uncaring of what the world thinks of him yet savvy of society and how to manipulate it.  Both characters are vividly written while remaining relatable and endearing.Deceived by Desire took me back to where I started with romance novels with tradition characters and scenes. Back to a read where the seductive dance between the leads is mental first.  Where the foreplay is in longing glances and softly spoken words.  Where enticement is of the heart before the body and love takes center stage.  Deceived wastes no time getting into the hearts and feelings of Aubrey and Maeve and the interaction between them as well also the reasons for each being at the house, allowing you to dive into the pages immediately and stay within the story's world until the last page.   Deceived combines intrigue with love story, humor with heartbreak, staunch friendship with family travails.  Set in the early 1900s, a time when things were starting to change but old-world manners and social status still reigned supreme. There are carriage rides in the park and balls where the upper crust went to see and be seen, dukes, duchesses, earls, and nuevo rich driving the action.  The side stories of Aubrey's family and his friendships with his English visitors as a deeper flavor to an already tasty tale.A true historical with just enough "modern" romance to add a bit of spice Deceived by Desire should be on your must-read list.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to have to call it quits with this series.Between the instalove, the black and white qualities of the characters (as in they're either 100% treacle-y good or they're vile human beings; for main characters here there's no other options), the clunky dialogue and the repetition (both Maeve and Aubrey dwell internally on the same concerns over. And. Over. And. Over. And. Over. And that's before anything happens plotwise to bring those concerns to the fore or to change anything); I just can I'm going to have to call it quits with this series.Between the instalove, the black and white qualities of the characters (as in they're either 100% treacle-y good or they're vile human beings; for main characters here there's no other options), the clunky dialogue and the repetition (both Maeve and Aubrey dwell internally on the same concerns over. And. Over. And. Over. And. Over. And that's before anything happens plotwise to bring those concerns to the fore or to change anything); I just can't even.Aubrey falls in love with the back of the neck of his family's new Irish housekeeper. (Get used to the phrase; you'll read it a lot.) She's on the run from her past. The past catches up to her. He proposes to her to "save" her, but it'll just be a marriage of convenience until/if she says the word. About two pages later, she apparently says the word because the (view spoiler)[(already married) (hide spoiler)] virgin heroine is a virgin no more. His awful mother comes into town and glares at Maeve for pages and pages and pages before making verbal threats to her, which of course cause her to run off and Aubrey has to come to her rescue. Cue the HEA.Really, that's about it. Everybody loves Maeve and Aubrey and Aubrey's mother is a snobbish, social climbing witch. Deceived by Desire is the second book in Ms. Force's Gilded series. It should work just fine as a standalone, though, because it really is Aubrey and Maeve's story. Plus, Maeve (and by default, the reader) is essentially given the plot synopsis of Duchess by Deception during the course of this story, under the guise of getting to know Aubrey's friends better. The last remaining singleton in their group is clearly being set up for book three, but my optimism with this series has run its course.Rating: 3 stars / C-I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Luisa Rivas
    January 1, 1970
    Reading a Marie Force book is an undeniable pleasure. Her prose is easy to read, her plots riveting, her characters charming except for her perfectly hateful villains, and there’s just the right amount of sexy times. In this one, we have two characters who feel instant chemistry; one is all for acting on the attraction, the other is reticent and reluctant. The differences between social and economical classes is strong and evident in this period romance and there is a slow burn that is just plai Reading a Marie Force book is an undeniable pleasure. Her prose is easy to read, her plots riveting, her characters charming except for her perfectly hateful villains, and there’s just the right amount of sexy times. In this one, we have two characters who feel instant chemistry; one is all for acting on the attraction, the other is reticent and reluctant. The differences between social and economical classes is strong and evident in this period romance and there is a slow burn that is just plain delicious!This author’s books are usually contemporary; in this foray into historical romance, Marie Force changed her voice, it’s more elegant, subtle, formal. I found that the conversations in this book, especially the ones between Aubrey and Maeve, were sublimely lovely, some very funny and witty. I loved the imagery she presents about Newport and it raised in me the desire to visit and tour the historical mansions there.In this book we meet again the Duke and Duchess of Westwood, from the previous book. Also we meet again with Simon, Madeline and Justin. They are all to have a fun and pretentious summer in Newport, where Aubrey’s mother wants to lord it over the Newport society showing off her important guests. Little does she know that Aubrey’s friends are good people and the only haughty thing about them is their titles. Mrs. Nelson is a cold, heartless witch who comes from British aristocracy and disdains Americans and their new rich pretensions. She wishes for Aubrey to marry well for the sake of her social standing and the family’s standing and when she finds that he’s fallen for an Irish housekeeper, all hell breaks lose.The story was so entertaining and the characters so lovely (with one notable exception), the historical facts interesting, and the pace outstanding. It’s smooth sailing and a breezy read that’s perfect for a stormy day like I had yesterday waiting for the Dorian hurricane that never arrived.
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    1903 - Newport, Rhode IslandAubrey Nelson, 32, is observing the beauty of the housekeeper, Maeve Brown, who is cleaning his home called Paradis Trouve on Bellvue Avenue. His family had purchased the home from the Astor family.Having just arrived to see the house opened for the season, he is shocked to see how filthy it is. His parents had wanted him to see that all was ready for the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Westwood.Apparently, the staff had been angry at Mrs. Nelson, Aubrey’s m 1903 - Newport, Rhode IslandAubrey Nelson, 32, is observing the beauty of the housekeeper, Maeve Brown, who is cleaning his home called Paradis Trouve on Bellvue Avenue. His family had purchased the home from the Astor family.Having just arrived to see the house opened for the season, he is shocked to see how filthy it is. His parents had wanted him to see that all was ready for the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Westwood.Apparently, the staff had been angry at Mrs. Nelson, Aubrey’s mother, when they left last season and instead of closing the house up tight, they left windows open. Birds and rodents had come in and fouled up the rooms. Now, Maeve is doing all she can to scrub each and every room. At first, Aubrey introduces himself as the new butler, but when the real butler shows up, Aubrey is caught in his lie and confesses who he really is. Aubrey pitches in to help, but Maeve does not feel that the owner should do that. He sees the huge mess that has been made so he hires a bunch of people from the village to help clean it.Aubrey is taken with Maeve’s beauty and her cultured and graceful ways. Although she tries to tell him that he is gentry and she is not, he doesn’t care. He soon learns that she fled Ireland after killing her cruel husband in self-defense. That’s when Aubrey offers to marry her. She agrees and they marry quickly.But when Aubrey’s family arrives to visit, they are welcoming to Maeve - expect for his mother. Her hatred is deep and Maeve is worried how far the woman will go to get rid of her.This is a story of two people who fall deeply in love. Their affection for one another is well-written into the story and is totally swoon-worthy. I know readers will enjoy the book. The Gilded Age is a favorite time period of mine. Marie Force is a terrific author and I look forward to reading even more of her books.Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Cinthia
    January 1, 1970
    When Aubrey arrives in Newport to accompany the work of the staff preparing the summer house for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Westwood, he discovers a beautiful woman with a tempting neck, tidying up the house, Maeve Brown, the new housekeeper.Maeve is a beautiful Irishwoman who is running away from her past and has found a job she wants to do very competently. But Aubrey's mother is such a vixen, such an evil mistress, that at the end of last summer all the staff quit their care of th When Aubrey arrives in Newport to accompany the work of the staff preparing the summer house for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Westwood, he discovers a beautiful woman with a tempting neck, tidying up the house, Maeve Brown, the new housekeeper.Maeve is a beautiful Irishwoman who is running away from her past and has found a job she wants to do very competently. But Aubrey's mother is such a vixen, such an evil mistress, that at the end of last summer all the staff quit their care of the house, and left their work, their job, leaving their house open and to nature's mischief, winter, rain and animals ... Now she and a few staff are trying to tidy up the house for the arrival of the family and their distinguished visitors: the Duke she Duchess of Westwood and family.When Aubrey arrives at the house Maeve thinks he is the new butler expected at any moment, he gets into that wave, but briefly because he learned from his friend Derek how bad a lie can be for a relationship. Relationship that still existed but so much the attraction of Aubrey oor Maeve and the lack of resistance to this attraction he wants to make everything right.They start working together at the house but Maeve doesn't want to approach Aubrey because of the class difference and because she knows how much more humiliated the Irish in America and she has had a huge disappointment with the class difference still in the class. Ireland and also because of their past boys (the one from which he is running away). But his darkest secret has followed her to America and when Aubrey finds out why she doesn't want to get any closer and understands the reason for his action and escape he sees the opportunity to protect her and to be with her fully by marrying her.With marriage Aubrey and Maeve's relationship gets stronger and the love is beautiful, but she has no illusion about how the snobbish, crazy Earl's mother-in-law will accept the marriage or as Newport's society or even her. English will accept the marriage and the new wife of Aubrey Nelson. Friends, the Duke and Duchess and their family and friends accept and welcome her and help her but life is not easy for the new couple ...A very good book, but the ending before the epilogue was very quick, I think I needed another chapter before the epilogue. Marie Force can and should continue writing period novels, I already want the story of Justin Enderly.
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  • Gin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the beautiful writing this fantastic author always delivers in this second historical romance offering. The characters are intriguing with the downtrodden Maeve running from her past of nobility lost and tragic secrets. She leaves Ireland with her secrets and finds a job as the housekeeper to the rich in Newport Rhode Island and first encounters her employer son, the ever endearing Aubrey. He is smitten with the lovely Irish housekeeper at first sight and seems unable to control his grow I loved the beautiful writing this fantastic author always delivers in this second historical romance offering. The characters are intriguing with the downtrodden Maeve running from her past of nobility lost and tragic secrets. She leaves Ireland with her secrets and finds a job as the housekeeper to the rich in Newport Rhode Island and first encounters her employer son, the ever endearing Aubrey. He is smitten with the lovely Irish housekeeper at first sight and seems unable to control his growing feelings to the dismay of Maeve. She knows there is no hope for a relationship with Aubrey, at least one she is not willing to consider. There's too much on the line to risk her livelihood and reputation and expose her secret past. Aubrey fell really fast and I didn't feel the connection between the lovers until later in the story. The build up was captivating and the potential was there for a thrilling climax but it kind of fell flat and there was some repetition. I did like the upstairs/downstairs feel of the story with Aubrey's snobby, horrible mother and the class division. My heart went out to Maeve with her struggles and I swooned over Aubrey with his sweetness to Maeve. They're a terrific couple. I always love to read this author stories with her magnificent storytelling and wonderful characters and this one was no exception. I just wanted a little more but I'm look forward to the next story in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC. 3.5 stars
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  • Miriam Meza
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read Marie Force romances before, all contemporary with an edge of erotica, so when I was offered the chance to read this Historical romance, I jumped at the idea. I had to read it.The story is set in the early 1900’s embracing all the changes that the Industrial Age procured for men and women, and all the possibilities. I loved that. I also enjoyed how the author built a story that’s a little bit of Cinderella but with a side of suspense. DECEIVED BY DESIRE it’s the story of Maeve Brown, a I’ve read Marie Force romances before, all contemporary with an edge of erotica, so when I was offered the chance to read this Historical romance, I jumped at the idea. I had to read it.The story is set in the early 1900’s embracing all the changes that the Industrial Age procured for men and women, and all the possibilities. I loved that. I also enjoyed how the author built a story that’s a little bit of Cinderella but with a side of suspense. DECEIVED BY DESIRE it’s the story of Maeve Brown, an Irish girl, and her employer Aubrey Nelson. She’s the housekeeper for his Newport home, and when he first saw her he fell madly in lust with Maeve. Yes, madly, as in pretend to be a butler to get to know her better kind of madness which was kinda fun if you ask me. They have the task to get ready Aubrey’s summer home to receive his friends and family for the summer, and while they’re working side by side, Aubrey’s lust turns into love. But when danger follows Maeve from Ireland to Newport, Aubrey will do everything he can to keep her safe. And to make her fall in love with him, because he’s sure his sentiments aren’t one-sided.I really enjoyed this suspenseful, surprising and sensual love story, about finding love and friendship despite wealth. And despite being part of a series, I didn’t feel as I was missing something so I can recommend it as a standalone just fine.
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  • Stephanie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Deceived by Desire is the second book in Marie Force’s Gilded series. It’s a historical romance story. Now, I’m not a huge historical romance fan, but I AM a Marie Force fan, so I took the plunge with this one and with the first book, Duchess by Deception. I rather liked Duchess by Deception (despite my aversion to historical romance in general), but I actually liked Deceived by Desire even more…much to my surprise!NICUnurse’s Rating: This book, while definitely a fictional story, was chock full Deceived by Desire is the second book in Marie Force’s Gilded series. It’s a historical romance story. Now, I’m not a huge historical romance fan, but I AM a Marie Force fan, so I took the plunge with this one and with the first book, Duchess by Deception. I rather liked Duchess by Deception (despite my aversion to historical romance in general), but I actually liked Deceived by Desire even more…much to my surprise!NICUnurse’s Rating: This book, while definitely a fictional story, was chock full of very interesting tidbits. I love reading about history and the way Marie wove these history lessons throughout the story was fantastic. (My history teachers could use some lessons!) Deceived by Desire also touched on spousal abuse, which we all know is a tough topic to digest. While I’m sure it wasn’t spoken of in polite circles at the time, it definitely made for an interesting back story for our heroine. All in all, I spent a very pleasant few hours in early 20th century New England and would do it again…at least for Marie Force! I give Deceived by Desire by Marie Force 4.5 stars! And if you DO happen to be one of the many people out there who LOVE historical romance, I think you’ll find this one amongst your favorites!
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  • SH
    January 1, 1970
    “Deceived by Desire” is the second book in the Gilded series, which follows Aubrey Nelson, the son of a wealthy industrialist, who arrives at his parent’s mansion in Newport, only to be greeted by Maeve Brown, the housekeeper. Maeve is trying to clean up the disastrous conditions left by the previous staff who left the home open to the elements, in retribution for the horrible treatment by Aubrey’s mother. Aubrey is almost transfixed by the beauty of Maeve, and soon finds himself so captivated, “Deceived by Desire” is the second book in the Gilded series, which follows Aubrey Nelson, the son of a wealthy industrialist, who arrives at his parent’s mansion in Newport, only to be greeted by Maeve Brown, the housekeeper. Maeve is trying to clean up the disastrous conditions left by the previous staff who left the home open to the elements, in retribution for the horrible treatment by Aubrey’s mother. Aubrey is almost transfixed by the beauty of Maeve, and soon finds himself so captivated, that he wants to spend all his time with her. He soon finds out her past, and asks Maeve to marry him, in order to ensure her safety. However, life for both Maeve and Aubrey is not going to a ‘honeymoon’ when his mother and family arrive at Newport.Whilst this is the second book, it is easily a standalone novel as Marie Force manages to seamlessly integrate characters from the first book, into this. The romance between Aubrey and Maeve is beautifully depicted with the intensity of their feelings, in such a brief period of time, delivered with such subtlety, that it is quite believable. This is an enjoyable read and I look forward to further books by this author.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    Aubrey and Maeve’s story is a great blend of intrigue, romance, history and fun. As with many great stories both characters are working through some baggage or family issues and they meet while doing so. This story takes on additional element though history and looking at society and roles of people during that time period. Extremely well written, I was immersed in the story very quickly and enjoyed it all in one setting. Vivid descriptions had me picturing some of the vile rooms, picnic locatio Aubrey and Maeve’s story is a great blend of intrigue, romance, history and fun. As with many great stories both characters are working through some baggage or family issues and they meet while doing so. This story takes on additional element though history and looking at society and roles of people during that time period. Extremely well written, I was immersed in the story very quickly and enjoyed it all in one setting. Vivid descriptions had me picturing some of the vile rooms, picnic locations, grand homes and beautiful attire. This is the second story in the Gilded series, and while several characters from the first book play a role in this story, it still can be read and enjoyed on its own. However, I would recommend reading them in order as the first book has some events and people that are mentioned in Aubrey and Maeve’s story...plus it is just a great read! As I mentioned with book one, this is not my typical genre, but if Marie Force writes it I am going to read it as there has not been a book or series yet that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you InkslingerPR and Marie Force for the chance to read this book and share my opinion!
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  • Sharon Grow
    January 1, 1970
    Although I normally read contemporary novels, the second book in this series is just as delightful as the first (of course I read and love everything that Ms. Force writes). When Aubrey Nelson arrives at the family home to make sure it is ready for his family and the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook (from the first book) he is astonished to find the house in complete chaos. The previous staff, due to their dislike of his mother, left the house open for the winter conditions and animals to enjoy. Ma Although I normally read contemporary novels, the second book in this series is just as delightful as the first (of course I read and love everything that Ms. Force writes). When Aubrey Nelson arrives at the family home to make sure it is ready for his family and the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook (from the first book) he is astonished to find the house in complete chaos. The previous staff, due to their dislike of his mother, left the house open for the winter conditions and animals to enjoy. Maeve Brown, the newly hired Irish housekeeper, is a shock to him as he is immediately attracted to her, her beauty and her hard-working manner. She is determined, with little help, to get the house ready. Aubrey pitches in to help while knowing that his family (mother) will be furious if he should pursue his feelings for Maeve…but he can’t help himself. When a dark secret from Maeve’s past puts her in danger, he suggests marriage to protect her as he realizes that he is falling in love with her. Great, strong characters and story with updates on the characters from the first book. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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  • Heather Mcsweeney
    January 1, 1970
    Deceived by Desire is the second book in the Gilded Series by Marie Force. I’ve never been into the historical romance genre, but when Marie comes out with a new book, you have to read it! I read the first book and yet again, have been sucked into the world that Marie creates, making you want more! In this story, we are introduced to Maeve, the housekeeper, who captures the interest of Aubrey Nelson, who we met briefly in the first book of the series. We’re located in beautiful Newport, Rhode Is Deceived by Desire is the second book in the Gilded Series by Marie Force. I’ve never been into the historical romance genre, but when Marie comes out with a new book, you have to read it! I read the first book and yet again, have been sucked into the world that Marie creates, making you want more! In this story, we are introduced to Maeve, the housekeeper, who captures the interest of Aubrey Nelson, who we met briefly in the first book of the series. We’re located in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, where the mansions are huge, and the personalities we meet are even bigger! I appreciate how historically accurate Marie is in her stories, and it’s obvious she does her research, with the little details she is able to capture. What’s even cooler is you can actually visit these homes that are mentioned in the book, or at the very least, look them up online to get a good idea of how life was lived back in those days. Overall, this was another story that captivates your interest and keeps you wanting more from the series. The Irish housekeeper, the wicked mother of Aubrey, and all our favorites from the first book in the series make an appearance that you don’t want to miss!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure there is anything Marie Force cannot do well! In Deceived by Desire, she returns to her early 20th century historical series. This installment is set in Newport, RI and features a previously seen secondary character, Aubrey. This stand alone effort focuses on Aubrey’s “scandalous” relationship with Maeve - an Irish woman he meets while she is working for his family. Aubrey and Maeve are both entertaining, dynamic, and likable characters. I enjoyed their interactions from the very be I’m not sure there is anything Marie Force cannot do well! In Deceived by Desire, she returns to her early 20th century historical series. This installment is set in Newport, RI and features a previously seen secondary character, Aubrey. This stand alone effort focuses on Aubrey’s “scandalous” relationship with Maeve - an Irish woman he meets while she is working for his family. Aubrey and Maeve are both entertaining, dynamic, and likable characters. I enjoyed their interactions from the very beginning and found the plot device to bridge their social gap to be unique and very well handled. It also serves as the perfect set up for the external conflict that was to come later. The seamless way in which Ms Force blends high society social drama, family politics, and a budding romance speaks to her skill as a storyteller. Add in a stellar secondary cast and this is a fast paced historical that I can highly recommend.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    Once I had finished Duchess by Deception; I was anxiously awaiting Deceived by Desire. This author did not disappoint. Once I started the book I could not put it down until I had read the last word. This is Aubrey and Maeve's story. Every woman wants to be loved as Aubrey loves Maeve. Unfortunately Maeve has a complicated and troubled past. She is always on edge and waiting for the other shoe drop. When Aubrey learns that Maeve may be in danger he comes up with the perfect solution. It is one th Once I had finished Duchess by Deception; I was anxiously awaiting Deceived by Desire. This author did not disappoint. Once I started the book I could not put it down until I had read the last word. This is Aubrey and Maeve's story. Every woman wants to be loved as Aubrey loves Maeve. Unfortunately Maeve has a complicated and troubled past. She is always on edge and waiting for the other shoe drop. When Aubrey learns that Maeve may be in danger he comes up with the perfect solution. It is one that he knows will create havoc in his family in particular with his mother. He tells Maeve that his love is strong enough to conquer anything that comes their way. He will always be by her side to protect her. Aubrey and Maeve's love story is one that will bring a smile to your face but there will also be times you will shed some tears. This story is ful of love and also suspense and I loved every bit of it.
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  • Kelsie Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    Deceived by Desire by Marie Force is book two in her Gilded historical romance series. Aubrey Nelson arrives at his family home in Newport, Rhode Island to prepare for a visit from his friends the Duke and Duchess of Westwood. He encounters the new Irish housekeeper, Maeve Brown, and is immediately enamored. He promises to protect her but is he aware of all that he may have to protect her from? Marie Force continues her success in the historical romance genre. I enjoyed Deceived by Desire and gi Deceived by Desire by Marie Force is book two in her Gilded historical romance series. Aubrey Nelson arrives at his family home in Newport, Rhode Island to prepare for a visit from his friends the Duke and Duchess of Westwood. He encounters the new Irish housekeeper, Maeve Brown, and is immediately enamored. He promises to protect her but is he aware of all that he may have to protect her from? Marie Force continues her success in the historical romance genre. I enjoyed Deceived by Desire and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to all readers of historical romance. Those who dislike descriptive sex scenes will want to give this one a pass. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    The early 20th century was a fascinating time in history with so many advancements taking place. But the class differences were still there and Marie Force takes us into the romance that happens between a wealthy American and the housekeeper of his family's seaside cottage. Set at the shore in Newport, the hero Aubrey goes ahead to the cottage to make sure everything is ready for so the important guest soon to arrive,He finds much more than a house in upheavel though.. The lovely Irish housekeep The early 20th century was a fascinating time in history with so many advancements taking place. But the class differences were still there and Marie Force takes us into the romance that happens between a wealthy American and the housekeeper of his family's seaside cottage. Set at the shore in Newport, the hero Aubrey goes ahead to the cottage to make sure everything is ready for so the important guest soon to arrive,He finds much more than a house in upheavel though.. The lovely Irish housekeeper, Maeve Brown. They form a friendship and there is a great spark between them that starts them on a journey. Romance, suspense, a little mystery and a dragon of mother that is best to stay away from if possible! Once I started I could not put is down and I look forward to the next in this wonderful series!
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  • Debra Dowling
    January 1, 1970
    Aubrey is the son of an aristocratic family. His father has taken ill, his brothers are running the family business, so it is up to him to go to their Newport home and see it is ready for the summer. His mother is a rather selfish, difficult woman, and it is no surprise that the staff has quit leaving the place in shambles.Maeve, an irishwoman who has escaped to America after a dreadful marriage ends in an accident, is their housekeeper. Aubrey is instantly taken with her, and once he finds out Aubrey is the son of an aristocratic family. His father has taken ill, his brothers are running the family business, so it is up to him to go to their Newport home and see it is ready for the summer. His mother is a rather selfish, difficult woman, and it is no surprise that the staff has quit leaving the place in shambles.Maeve, an irishwoman who has escaped to America after a dreadful marriage ends in an accident, is their housekeeper. Aubrey is instantly taken with her, and once he finds out she is in danger, offers to marry her.Will society, Aubrey's mother, and his friends and family accept his choice of wife, or will they be shunned from society and family forever? Great message about not judging people based on their background and job titles, but rather the qualities they possess.Nice, light read.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Ok- guilty pleasure! Set in early 1900s Newport, it's the story of a rich man- Aubrey- and a poor woman- Maeve who fall in love and....Aubrey is expecting to find his mansion in Newport ready to host a party but when he arrives, nothing has been done and there's only Maeve, an Irish immigrant, there working to set things right. He pretends to be the butler and the two of them work together. She's got a secret though- she's suspected of killing her husband back in Ireland. When he fesses up- and Ok- guilty pleasure! Set in early 1900s Newport, it's the story of a rich man- Aubrey- and a poor woman- Maeve who fall in love and....Aubrey is expecting to find his mansion in Newport ready to host a party but when he arrives, nothing has been done and there's only Maeve, an Irish immigrant, there working to set things right. He pretends to be the butler and the two of them work together. She's got a secret though- she's suspected of killing her husband back in Ireland. When he fesses up- and decides to marry her- well that's when the class issues come up. His mother is not happy, to say the least. You know, though, don't you, that there will be an HEA? Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Light, fun, and a good read.
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