January 05, 2017

Highland Spy (The Mercenary Maidens #1) by @MadelineMMartin #BookReview #Giveaway

This title will be released on January 10, 2017.
Ariana Fitzroy has lost her family and her fortune. The fight for survival leads her to the shadowed card games of court where she discovers she has quite a talent for slipping cards into her favor. While the winnings are enough to sustain her at present, they will not last forever…

Connor Grant, trainer of the fallen women from the English court and personal assassin to the king, is just as broken as the women he trains. After losing his own land and all his people in a brutal attack from a trusted friend, he has no choice but to rebuild any way he sees possible – even if it means going against everything he’s ever believed in.

After catching Ariana cheating at cards, Connor has a new trainee to instruct at one of the king’s many confiscated castles. In the dilapidated ruins, he discovers Ariana is more than she appears and falls in love with her incredibly tenacity and dedication – a love that is challenged by Connor’s chance at reclaiming the inheritance he once lost and has sought so desperately to regain.

This story is one of second chances, of realizing a strength where only hopelessness once resided – a story of rising above the bad hand one has been dealt into a life of accomplishment and love.

Madeline Martin lives in Jacksonville, FL with her two daughters and a menagerie of pets. She graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and works in corporate America. Her hobbies include rock climbing, running, doing Mud Runs, and just about anything exciting she can do without getting nauseated. She grew up in Europe and still enjoys traveling overseas whenever she can find the time to get away. Her favorite place to visit thus far: Scotland. She is the author of three Scottish Historical novels: Deception of a HighlanderPossession of a Highlander, and Enchantment of a Highlander.

This one starts with a bang! Were thrust into the world of spies, gambling, and the court all in one in the very few pages of this amazing read!  I really love how this book started out!!!  Connor Grant was such a great character getting woman off the street who have been in a sense ruined so they don't have to turn tricks made him pretty amazing in my eyes.  

Arana was so freaking awesome as well. When we first meet her she is cheating at cards with none the wiser well except Mr. Grant who of course catches everything.  She was such a strong character and I understand why she was hard to resist.  

The story was really good I did feel like it lost me a bit during the middle. I had to go back and read two chapters because I felt like I had missed something. But other than that this one was a hit run! I really can't wait for the next book in the series.  It had very good pacing and I just couldn't put it down.  

 Go Into This One Knowing 
Spies, Slight Language,

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