What an emotional read. Laytmer by Tracey Devlyn is the fourth book in her Nexus Series and full of surprises and gut wrenching emotion. Throughout the series Latymer has been the traitor. The bad guy. So, I was shocked when I found out the fourth book would be about him. It has a different feel to it than the other three books. The biggest to me is that the main love story in this book in my opinion is between a father and son, but it also shows the love that Latymer had for his wife.
In Latymer, we find a father and son on the run from all the people and choices Latymer has made. He wants to make a new life for him and his son, Giles and that means catching a boat to America. However, in true Tracey Devlyn fashion, things are never easy. There is always a spy from some country showing up at the worst possible time.
In this book, a big question is can a bad guy turn good? Maybe. Maybe not. However, learning the whys of Latymer’s actions sure makes you feel for the guy. Watching the way he treats his son and the love he once shared for his late wife also makes you really feel for the guy.
Oh my gosh, where to start with this book? I was really looking forward to A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn because the hero, Ethan, is the bad boy of the series and I have a thing for bad boys. They are usually more troubled than the good boys, so when they make the switch it is more raw and emotional. Pairing Ethan with the independent heroine Sydney was just explosive.
The third book in the Nexus Series is filled with several plot lines that are all wonderfully woven together to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have had to read each of these books carefully because there is so much going on I don’t want to miss a thing and they move quickly.
The character development is phenomenal. Ethan and Sydney are well developed characters with lots of internal conflict. There are some deep seeded issues they both reluctantly have to come to terms with before they can move on with their relationship. I was surprised at how some of the plot lines played out due to the way the characters matured over the story. Ethan and Sydney brought out the best in one another, even if it they provoked each other a lot with their bantering. They are a very entertaining pair and make each other stronger. I love seeing that in a romance. The major intimate scene in the book was done extremely well. It was very passionate, gentle and sweet and made me swoon at the end (and I don’t swoon easily).
Update – Congratulations to Ginger, the winner of Checkmate, My Lord! Thanks to all who participated!
February 5, 2013 is release day for Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn! We are celebrating early with a giveaway! Tracey writes such fun and intriguing historical romance and she is giving away a print or digital copy of Checkmate, My Lord to one lucky reader! Just comment below to be entered in the drawing.