Author: Linda Cajio
Description from Goodreads.com:
"HOW COULD SHE NOT SURRENDER TO HER WILLING PRISONER? — When Jed Waters saw Rachel Barkeley, he knew he was in big trouble. She was all grown up and owner of the manor whose land he was determined to acquire for his company's marina. Seeing Jed again filled Rae with a kind of delicious fear -- the gardener's son had become the ... more »roguish hero of her girlhood dreams! Rae knew she was tempting fate by kidnapping Jed, but once he'd taken her in his arms, she knew who'd really captured whom.
Would her handsome pirate try to romance the house from under her, or could she trust him with her heart?"
My Review: Linda Cajio's Double Dealing is an amazing book about love and determination. The novel opens with Jed attempting to convince Rachel to sell her family's estate as it was previously arranged by her uncle. Her uncle tentatively agreed to sell the estate before abruptly fleeing the country to a monastery. The resulting plot ensues with Jed working to purchase the estate and Rachel frantically attempting to keep it. I liked this novel in that the plot and characters were well developed. I also appreciated that the setting was in the Philadelphia/ Delaware River area as I am from the area. The resulting romance aspect is driven by Rachel not fully trusting Jed's motives and Jed oblivious as to why. Double Dealing definitely is humorous. The secondary characters of the nephews and the butler contribute to making the novel three dimensional and fun. I also thought Jed's relationship with the dogs, Samson and Delilah were hilarious. This novel is a definite must read because the ending was satisfying but not in a predictable manner.
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Netgalley and Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.
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