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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: A Code of the Heart by Jacki Delecki / @TastyBookTours @jackidelecki

Title: Code Breakers #3: A Code of the Heart
Author: Jacki Delecki
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: February 14, 2015
Genre: Historical, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours

Miss Amelia Bonnington has been in love with Michael Harcourt since she was nine years old… or so she thought until a not-so proper impassioned and unyielding kiss from the not-so honorable and equally disreputable Mr. Derrick Brinsley, gave her reason to question the feelings of the heart.

Derrick Brinsley, brother to the Earl of Falconbridge, shunned from society for running off with his brother’s fiancĂ©e, hasn’t cared about or questioned his lack of acceptance until meeting the beguiling Amelia Bonnington. One passionate moment with the fiery Miss Bonnington has him more than willing to play by society’s rules to possess the breathtaking, red-haired woman.

Amelia unwittingly becomes embroiled in espionage when she stumbles upon a smuggling ring in the modiste shop of her good friend. To prove her French friend’s innocence, she dangerously jumps into the fray, jeopardizing more than her life.

On clandestine assignment to prevent the French from stealing the Royal Navy’s secret weapon, Derrick must fight to protect British secrets from falling into the hands of French spies, but also the chance at love with the only woman capable of redeeming him.

Other books in this series

I haven't read the other books in this series, and I highly recommend you do. While this book is a standalone, the other books help lay the foundation for the characters in this one.

That being said, Amelia was...unexpected. She seemed like the kind of woman I don't like to read about in historical romances: flighty, simple-minded, knows only fashion and gossip, is resigned to settling instead of pursuing what her heart desires.

Um... Can anyone say "Wrong!"?

Time and again, Amelia proved me wrong. There was so much about her hiding behind her pretty smiles and fashionable dresses. She had lioness' heart when it came to things that mattered, and an intelligence that obliterated the "simple-minded" label I'd given her. She could have left her friend's problem alone, could have turned a blind eye to what it would do to her friend's business. But she didn't. She jumped in with two feet, maybe a little naively, but she did it because her friend mattered to her.

Derrick was a force to be reckoned with. A seasoned spy embroiled in scandal concerning another woman, he had little use for the ton or their gossip. Well, until he met Amelia, lol. The attraction was lightning fast and hurricane strong. It took them, and me, by surprise. Amelia believed her heart already spoken for, and Derrick... Well, he didn't play by society's rules. What was one miss from another, you know? Yet when his heart spoke, he listened and considered what he had to do to win Amelia for himself.

Their relationship was amusing to watch as they discovered things about themselves and made room for change within themselves in order to be together.

Sometimes it's hard to balance romance and suspense. Sometimes there's too much of one and not enough of the other. Sometimes the resolution to the suspense comes too quickly because it has to match the defining moment in the romance. That isn't the case here. Ms. Delecki did a terrific job writing about both in tandem so I didn't feel like, "When did that happen?" or "Wait. So what about them?"

A great read for romance readers who love the historical genre but need something more than balls, Seasons, gowns, and courtships. This one might be right up your alley if that's what you're looking for, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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 the Seattle Opera Company and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write A Code of Love, a romantic mystery set in the Regency era. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge. 

Although writing now fills most of her days, she continues to volunteer with Seattle’s Ballet and Opera companies, as well as leading 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 both dogs as heroes in A Code of Love. A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies—a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. Fortunately, her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog. Jacki’s extraordinary heroines love and heal.

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  1. Thank you for hosting A Code of the Heart. All my best.