A Spring Deception by Jess Michaels
Overview by Publisher:
Miss Celia Fitzgilbert’s grandfather has decreed she must marry a man with a title or he’ll never reveal her mysterious father’s identity. But her engagement to an Earl was already broken, leaving her steeped in scandal. She has all but given up until the reclusive Duke of Clairemont returns to Society and sweeps her off her feet, a potential solution to all her problems.
But things are not so simple for the duke. Aiden is not comfortable with his position in Society, perhaps because he is a fraud. In truth, Clairemont died months ago and the man playing him is a spy, bent on uncovering a dangerous secret. A flirtation with Celia, meant to help him fit in, quickly turns very real. But can Celia recover when the lies come out? And can Aiden keep them both alive long enough to even consider a future?
This is the second book in the series from Jess Michaels. The first book was really enjoyable and I found myself falling for the characters. Rosalinde and her sister Celia have escaped their evil grandfather’s clutches and are now living on their own with Rosalinde’s husband, Grey.
Celia broke her engagement with Stenfax, Grey’s brother because she was marrying him for the wrong reasons. She was about to marry the Earl so her grandfather would give her some information about her father and the circumstances of her early life. Celia is back in society and trying to figure out her life and where to go from here.
She meets the reclusive Duke of Clairemont and sparks fly. Little does Celia know that the man she is falling for is not whom he seems.
The relationship between the two blossoms quickly and it seems like true love. However as the reader, we know that Aiden is definitely not what he says he is. This had me so stressed out! I really like Celia and I wanted her to find some happiness. Jess Michaels has done a great job of weaving a romance that is so lovely and yet so fraught with tension.
The Duke is involved in uncovering a traitor to the crown and this plot is really interesting. It brings danger and intrigue to an already well spun tale. I loved how the implications were dire and the danger threatened the relationship.
This wouldn’t be a Jess Michaels book without some hot and heavy scenes. She is so great at writing lush and vivid scenes that make the reader feel like they are experiencing the same emotions as the characters. This is a great series and I am looking forward to the next one in the series that features Stenfax and his forgotten fiancé from years ago!