In MacRieve by Kresley Cole, William MacRieve, a Lykae shape shifter, has just broken out of prison. He was brutally tortured by the Order, a group that seeks to destroy all species of the Lore. MacRieve wants nothing more than to extract revenge against that group. He gets a chance when the Witches announce an auction to sell Chloe Todd, daughter of the leader of the Order. Chloe knew nothing about the Lore until just over a month ago and she certainly had no idea what her father was involved in. When MacRieve gets to the auction, he realizes that Chloe is his mate and rescues her. Unfortunately, Chloe turns out to actually be a Succubus, the one species of the Lore that MacRieve loathes. Can MacRieve and Chloe find peace and their happily ever after?
I loved Chloe ‘s character! She was equal parts snark and caring. I felt so sorry when she learned the truth not only about her father but about what she really was. Chloe was a fighter though and she made sure to fight for MacRieve.
One of the running themes of this book was prejudice. MacRieve had been abused by a Succubus as a young child and a horrible family tragedy occurred because of that abuse. MacRieve decided that every Succubus was just like the one who took advantage of him. It took Chloe and his growing love for her to eventually change his mind.
When you decide to read Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener, make sure you have cleared your calendar because it will consume you. Michelle Diener is one of the best story tellers. She could easily write in any genre and I would be captivated by her stories. Banquet of Lies is a historical fiction/romance but it I was so engrossed in the story I sometimes forgot that they couldn’t pick up the phone and call someone rather than go looking for them. I have not yet read The Emperor’s Conspiracy, but Banquet of Lies is a follow up to that one with connected characters. I don’t think you need to read them in order, but after reading about Lord Durnham and Lady Durnham in Banquet of Lies, I can’t wait to go back and read it.
In Banquet of Lies the story opens with Giselle Barrington, often referred to as Gigi, witnessing her father’s murder. She holds a very important document in which her father was killed and is now on the run knowing the killer (the shadow man she calls him) will be after her. She can’t go to the authorities because she is not sure who she can trust. Instead, she hides out and pretends to be a cook at the house of Lord Aldridge (Jonathan) just a few down from hers so she can watch for the shadow man to come. Gigi thought posing as a cook would be a piece of cake, but boy was she wrong.
This is one of the first historical romance books I have read. It has forever changed the way I view historicals! Thank you, Michelle!
Keeper of the King’s Secrets is the second book in a series (In a Treacherous Court being the first) and I liked this one even better. I think this is partly because I knew the characters this time and could keep up with everyone’s relationship. But, I also just loved the story in this one. Michelle does a fantastic job of storytelling, too. She gives you enough information to know a little more than the characters at times, but not enough to ruin the mystery for you. Just like her last book there are several villains in this story and sometimes it is hard to figure out who to trust and who is changing their mind about their original plans. It definitely pulls you in and keeps you reading.