Saturday, January 4, 2014

Book Review: Diamonds & Deceit By: Leila Rasheed

Book Description:
One house, two two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.

A house divided...

London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross's sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.

Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William's expenditures. Her father's heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys' reputation.

Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him--for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.

The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.

My Thoughts:
I got this book from the publisher after I requested it from them. I hadn't read the first book and didn't realize this was the 2nd book when I requested it and so I got the first book obviously read it and reviewed it.

Again I wasn't impressed with this I was a little disappointed that this continued to be like Downton Abby.

There were side characters and stories that I didn't care about nor made a connection with. I felt them to be unnecessary. I ONLY wanted to read about Rose she was the most interesting and I loved reading about her. Ada was an ok side story and character but overall I just wanted to read about Rose. She was fascinating going from servant to now claimed daughter. COOL a Cinderella type story which is ALWAYS a fun read!

I also don't have much to say about this book because I was so unimpressed with the first I hoped the 2nd would be a bit more original and it wasn't.

Overall I finished it and enjoyed most of it.

Sexual Content: moderate (PG)
Violence: Mild
Language: Mild
Drugs/Alcohol: mild

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