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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Review: A Noble Deception by Veronica Bale / @MyFamHrtBookRvw @VeronicaBale1

Title: A Noble Deception
Author: Veronica Bale
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: August 27, 2015
Genre: Historical, Medieval, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: My Family's Heart

Forced to wed a landless knight in order to protect her home, Moira MacInnes intends an annulment of her marriage to the arrogant Lachlan Ramsay as soon as possible. Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan.


Scotland 1455 – The Douglas clan is at war with their king. To protect his lands from confiscation, Lord John Douglas, the dying Earl of Kildrummond, must find an heir that doesn’t carry his name.

A landless knight, Lachlan Ramsay expects no more of life than battles, blood, and the occasional warm bosom. But when Lord John makes him his heir, Lachlan has a chance at something he never dreamt of—a home. There’s just one condition: He must marry the earl’s bastard daughter, the fiery, eccentric Moira MacInnes.

Lachlan has no desire for a headstrong, sharp-tongued wife. Moira has no need for an arrogant, too-handsome husband. To save Kildrummond they will marry and seek an annulment immediately upon the earl’s death. But deception is never simple, and passion once inflamed is impossible to ignore. Soon they will no longer be deceiving the earl but themselves.

Most Scottish romances I read include a heroine who is English, a laird's daughter, or a laird's widow. I haven't read many where the heroine is illegitimate.

Illegitimacy aside, Moira was a more average heroine as well. She wasn't make-a-man-stop-in-his-tracks gorgeous. According to many, Lachland included, she was only pretty, if a little on the thin and plain side if she were to be compared to other women. But her looks didn't seem to bother Moira because she was more than physical beauty.

The plan between Lachlan and Moira was simple: marry then seek an annulment. Seemed simple enough, right? Then it wasn't. Because while Moira wasn't the most beautiful woman Lachlan had ever seen, her personality and intellect made her more beautiful than others. The time they spent together under the guise of "oh, this is forever!" afforded them numerous opportunities to really get to know one another, to see behind the fiery spirit and knight's armor.

I liked and enjoyed this story. Moira and Lachlan are unlike any couple I've had the pleasure of reading about, which is awesome for someone who's always looking for a couple worth getting to know. The love that takes root and grows between them is based on more than just lust and physical attraction, thank God. It was rooted in the respect they had for one another and in the friendship they built that gave them a solid foundation for a happily ever after they truly deserved.

Veronica Bale is a freelance writer, book reviewer, Coronation Street junkie and author of cracking-good love stories set in the Highlands of Scotland. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, son and three spoiled cats. When she’s not writing, Veronica likes running, reading, or spending time with her family. What Veronica loves most about being an author is hearing from her readers.


  1. Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

  2. Thank you so much for having me today, Miriam, and for such a wonderful review of my book! I'm so happy to be here today!

    1. You're welcome! I'm glad I had the chance to read it :)

  3. Absolutely love your review - thanks for being part of the tour - Tonya @ My Family's Heart

    1. Thank you, Tonya, and you're welcome! This was a really great story. I hope others enjoy it like I did.