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Monday, March 3, 2014

Review Tour: A Code of Love by Jacki Delecki (Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance is reviewing Jacki Delecki's A Code of Love today.  

***Jacki is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Commenter Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card or Digital  Copy of A CODE OF LOVE (Rafflecopter links in Media Kit)
About the Book: 
First in The Code Breaker Series
Men and Women from the class of privilege risk their lives to defend England against the designs of Napoleon. They confront scandal, personal crisis, and love as they pursue their code of honor and love.
 Lord Cordelier Fortesque Rathbourne, scarred by the loss of his older brother, accepts an undercover assignment in France hoping to escape his past. Four years later, he returns to England as the Head of Intelligence. His charges include the brilliant Harcourt family – Uncle Charles, a premier Code Breaker; Michael, a linguist on assignment in France; and the indomitable Henrietta. Cord discovers that his previous attraction to Henrietta hasn’t diminished, but neither has Henrietta’s memory of his rakish past.

All become entangled in a web of intrigue and danger when Michael surreptitiously sends Henrietta a Code Book, vital to the English War effort.

Lady Henrietta Harcourt is the perfect older sister, taking care of her siblings, never complaining of her responsibilities, and her mental skills as a linguist are as finely tuned as her always composed and steady appearance...except when it comes to the Earl of Rathbourne. 

Cordelier Beaumont, the Earl of Rathbourne, can't seem to resist when it comes to Henrietta, whether that's saving her from near drowning, or valiantly (futilely) trying to restrain his desire for her. Their past four years ago, however, ended on a sour note: Henrietta, being the exuberant and confident woman that she is, rejected Cord's offer of a dance for his excess of rakish behaviors, not that Cord could disagree with her. Still, he's been somewhat reformed now, and is now head of a covert foreign intelligence office, where Henrietta's brother and uncle works. Henrietta herself possess no knowledge of his role, still believing him to be the unchanged rake she met four years ago, and Cord is keen on changing her impression of him. 

Thrown together by fate, drawn to each other like moths to light, Henrietta and Cord battle against a common enemy with their wits while navigating the routes of their own affinity. Henrietta is painted as a strong and independent caretaker, a role she took over from her deceased mother, and throughout the story her facade crumbles as her anxiety mounts over her brother Michael's well-being, as well as the emotional void resulting from her absence family members. Through it all, she does an admirable job maintaining her rationality and exhibiting her brilliant linguistic ability, none of which goes unseen by Cord.

As the characters face more trouble, external and internal, Cord effectively challenges Henrietta's perception of him by proving to be reliable, dependable, and caring enough to soothe her troubles.  His moments of awkwardness with Henrietta serves as amusing contrasts with his serious, leader demeanor, which also endeared him to me. 

At the end of the day, brains and romance triumphs in this engaging historical novel. The blend of intrigue with forcing two highly independent and confident individuals to cooperate was entertaining, as was the romance between Henrietta and Cord that could only be described as delicious. As this is my first novel by the author, I am looking forward to reading more of her books, especially more of these intelligent code breakers in the series. 

*Review copy courtesy of the author for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review
About the Author:
Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.
Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Jacki has set An Inner Fire in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery.
Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire.
Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write dogs as main characters alongside her strong heroines.
A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies-- a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.
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