Thousands of readers have already fallen in love with the Briarleys -- a family known for centuries of sin and scandal, now on the verge of extinction. In LORD OF DECEIT, Octavia Briarley continues the family tradition of revenge while fighting to reclaim her birthright -- but in the Heiress Games, love doesn't always follow the rules...
Rule #1: Never give your heart to a rake...
Octavia Briarley took society by storm during her debut season -- until one disastrous night changed everything, and she was forced to become London's most notorious courtesan. She's already paid the price for trusting too easily, and she won't make the same mistake again. But when she finally gets a chance to take revenge against the cousin who betrayed her, Octavia needs a willing partner for her schemes -- someone charming, aristocratic, and devilish. The kind of man she might have married, in a different life. And the kind of man she absolutely can't risk giving her heart to....
Rule #2: Never fall in love with the target...
Lord Rafael Emmerson-Fairhurst survived as a spy in Spain through charm and subterfuge. In London, he uses those same skills to pursue justice against those who are above the law. His next mission is Lord Somerville -- Octavia's former patron. When Octavia asks Rafe to help sabotage her cousin's house party, he can't refuse. If he can destroy Somerville by using her...well, Rafe never claimed to be a saint, and he never promised to protect her. But he never expected Octavia to be quite so delightful -- or quite so inexperienced, given her bold demands and reckless smile. And falling in love is a mistake he's never made before....
Rule #3: Never ignore your destiny...
As Rafe and Octavia set out to ruin the most illustrious house party of the summer, they discover that revenge can't possibly compete with the pleasure they find in each other's arms. Can an innocent courtesan and a broken charmer risk losing everything they ever wanted to seize the love they never expected to find?
Want to catch up on other books by Sara Ramsey? Check the list below to see what you've missed:
Heiress Games series:
Duke of Thorns (#1)
Lord of Deceit (#2)
Taking the Earl (#3)
Muses of Mayfair series:
Heiress Without a Cause (#1)
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (#2)
The Marquess Who Loved Me (#3)
The Earl Who Played With Fire (#4)
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Lord Of Deceit by Sara Ramsey is #2 in "Heiress Games", but can be read as a stand alone. See, Book 1, "Duke of Thorns". This is Octavia Briarley and Lord Rafael Emmerson-Fairhurst's story, and what a story it is! Readers, fell in love with the Briarleys, from the beginning — a family who for centuries, was known for their scandals and sin. Do be aware: the "Lord of Deceit" re-visits or overlaps with Thornthon and Callista, from the "Duke of Thorns", so the reader, at first, may feel, they have been there before, but keep reading, you have not. Once again Ms. Ramsey has woven a story of revenge, passion, deception, destiny, desperation and romance, into an utterly compelling Regency Historical Romance. Readers will be drawn into an another time and place with an intricately and utterly intriguing story, that is well written, steady paced, as well as unique. Ms. Ramsey never disappoints her readers, and also delivers a compelling story with utterly enjoyable, engaging and simply flawed characters. From the very beginning, she challenges the reader, to learn more of the fascinating and truly mesmerizing tale of, Octavia and Rafael. Octavia, a ruined debutante, seeking redemption from her family, her ancestral home and inheritance. Rafael, who survived being a spy in Spain, to come home to find his sister's heart was broken, by who else, but, Octavia's, one-time protector. Now, he is seeking revenge, against he man who so carelessly broke his beloved sister's heart, by using information he hopes to receive from Octavia. Will he, get his revenge, or find more than he ever thought possible, love? Can Octavia and Rafael find their destiny and their HEA or lose all to deceit and revenge? The reader can almost feel the character's angst, betrayal and need for love, acceptance and forgiveness, albeit, they look for it, in all the wrong places, until... the "Duke of Thorns" and "Lord of Deceit". I can't wait to read the next installment, in this captivating tale, that is passionate, as well as, compelling. A great read! Fans of Regency period, Historical Romance, and a great read, will definitely enjoy, "Lord of Deceit". Captivating! Received for an honest review. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
'Lord of Deceit' by Sara Ramsey is book two in the " Heiress Games" series. This is the story of Octavia Briarley and Lord Rafael Emmerson. Octavia was very popular during her debut season...but she let someone kiss her which ended up changing the rest of her life. Her cousin Lucy pass the information on to Octavia brother who in turn dueled with the man and they both shot each other. Now Octavia has been cast into scandal and with her cousin they have gone to the country. Octavia doesn't forgive her cousin and when Lord Somersville comes to her country home with a proposition for Octavia to become his 'mistress' and help him with his political ambitions. Octavia would host his political salons and some other social engagements. Octavia accepts the position and this changes her life yet again. No longer would she be trapped with her cousin at the country house she will accept what the town thinks of her and make it her own. But a few years later she meets Rafael and is very attracted to him. Octavia is still acting as Lord Somersville 'mistress' so that makes her keep up her story in front of Rafael. Rafael doesn't wish Lord Somersville to become Prime Minister who is rumored to be in the running for that job in the near future. So Rafael wanting to know more about Lord Somersville and his plans he knows that his best bet is Octavia. This was an exciting read that was hard for me to put down. I loved the first book too and couldn't wait to read this one also! No disappointment here for me. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
O the indescribable joy of discovering a fabulous author! Sara Ramsey has woven an intricate and utterly compelling story around deceit, hypocrisy, and revenge unlike anything I’ve ever read before. Octavia and Rafe are amongst the most fascinating and complex characters I have ever seen, and Octavia ranks as one the strongest, fiercest, most intriguing women I have ever seen. Ms. Ramsey’s understanding of Regency customs, society, and politics is outstanding, as it is the most important component of the issues in LORD OF DECEIT, and my heart broke for Octavia at the unfairness of her situation, but not for long; she is determined not to remain a victim and she will succeed, no matter how hard she had to try. Rafe is just as fascinating, and he is precisely the kind of hero I always wish to read about: a consumed professional, toughened by the war, he is not your domineering, controlling, and mocking aristocrat; for once, the hero came off as a real person and not as your stereotypical romance hero. Octavia and Rafe exchange wonderful, witty, and realistic banter, the chemistry they share is obvious from the very beginning, and still the tone remains so faithful to the era, LORD OF DECEIT might as well have been written by a Regency author. Ms. Ramsey’s prose is sumptuous, eloquent, yet effortless and elegant, and she knows exactly the amount of detail to insert to convey complete authenticity to her story and her characters. The plot is intelligent, and carefully crafted with several quite unexpected turns of events; nothing came easy for Rafe and Octavia. There is also a most extraordinary realistic, touching, heartbreaking sex scene I will never forget. LORD OF DECEIT made me laugh, smile, cry, and cheer desperately for Octavia to triumph, and I held my breath several times as well. I could say so much more about this superb book, but suffice it to say that it was the first book I had read from Sara Ramsey and I am now decidedly a fan. Such a rare talent is not seen that often, and I will be awaiting the next book in this series with bated breath, as it promises to be as wonderful as LORD OF DECEIT. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.