Book Review: A Peculiar Courtship by Laura Beers

January 11, 2018 historical, Laura Beers, mystery/suspense, romance 11

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Lord Jonathon Beckett’s mission is simple: retrieve Lady Hannah and place her under the protection of the Crown. But he isn’t prepared for the havoc she inflicts on his world, making him question whether his duty as an agent of the Crown should always come before his heart.

Lady Hannah’s father has uncovered evidence exposing a French traitor to the Crown. Willing to do anything to silence him, the traitor’s primary target has become Lady Hannah. Keeping her safe means locking her away from Society, but she refuses to stand idly by, letting others put their lives on the line to protect her. Instead, she will stop at nothing to learn to defend herself, even at the risk of losing Lord Jonathon’s protection, or his affections.

With a sinister scheme in play to collapse the English government from within, Lord Jonathon must protect Lady Hannah from the French spies intending to use her as a pawn in their game of treachery. But can he protect her from herself?

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SERIES: The Beckett Files #2
GENRE: Clean Regency Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Phase Publishing
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
PAGES: 284

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“It took almost dying to remember that I am still alive…”

A Peculiar Courtship, the latest novel in The Beckett Files series, will have you smiling in no time with a plucky heroine and a dashing spy/protector. This Regency-era spy romance is full of great characters and ‘cheerful banter’, daring adventure and swoonworthy kisses.

We were teased a little bit about the missing Lady Hannah in Saving Shadow and in this book we get to see where she’s been and what she’s been doing (milking cows??? shearing sheep??? the ton would be in vapors if they knew!) Now on the run again, she must trust Lord Jonathon to protect her… except not so much. She’s not one to leave her own protection up to someone else, and so when she realizes how much Jonathon’s sister Eliza knows about weapons and defense, Hannah enlists her help. Much to Jonathon’s irritation because… hello? Doesn’t Hannah know that Regency heroes – especially the spy kind – are supposed to be … well… heroic? How is he supposed to protect her when she insists on protecting herself?

This should give you some idea of the banter potential between these two – as well as the amusement Jonathon’s position incurs from Benedict and Eliza. I grinned for the majority of the book, I must admit. It also makes for some great romantical-type moments too. That growly protectiveness. The relieved hugs. Which both set the stage nicely for … wait for it … KISSES!! Of course they have some miscommunication, and Jonathon’s pouting is not necessarily a good look on him, but I loved watching their relationship develop.

It’s also fun to revisit Benedict and Eliza, to watch them as a married couple who can’t keep their hands off each other. But also to see their compassion for Hannah and their quick affection for her. They don’t cut Jonathon a lot of slack either, which is fun to read 😉

Bottom Line: Instead of balls and house parties, A Peculiar Courtship instead pits Regency-era spies with murderous traitors. Dagger throwing. Longbow arrows. Swords and pistols. Two feisty women and the men who love them. The pace is solid and the action is stellar. While I still want a bit more dimension to the characters & their relationships, this is a truly delightful read from start to finish! Plus that cover is so striking!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Laura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Currently, Laura Beers resides in South Carolina.

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11 Responses to “Book Review: A Peculiar Courtship by Laura Beers”

  1. Winnie Thomas

    Fun review, Carrie! This sounds very intriguing–spies, weapons, heroes trying to protect women who don’t need/want protection. It’s going on my TBR pile!

  2. Lori Smanski

    great review. what is not to like? LOL a lord a lady, mystery, falling in love not really wanting to

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