Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're back from turkey day with another Rachel's Random Resources tour featuring a work of Historical Romance, but this time, we're heading more along the lines of medieval times than that of the regency era. Note to self, I found myself initially out of my element, but one things got going, I was hooked...for anyone that may have been wondering where one time period would differ that much from another when reading, my answer is a resounding YES! But I digress, let's get on with the show because there was much showing and sometimes telling going on between the pages of today's blog tour guest and book of choice...
The Maiden and the Mercenary
Mills & Boon/Harlequin Historical
About the book...
Keep your friends close…
But your enemies closer?
In order to find a legendary treasure map, mercenary Louve of Mei Solis must infiltrate his enemy’s fortress under the guise of a servant. There, Louve meets beautiful maiden Biedeluue, a fellow servant with her own hidden agenda…to save her sister from the malevolent Lord’s clutches! Their high-stakes missions may be at odds with one other, but their attraction cannot be denied even in this most dangerous of situations…
What did I love about thee?
Let me recant the ways...or rather the situations!
Seriously guys, these two get into all sorts of shenanigans right from the start! A favorite scene? Ooh...that's a tough one. Let's see, there's the initial goblet stacking scene (which was definitely not one of Bied's finer moments) in which she's not only trying to out drink/stack a fellow "competitor", but keep her own goblets out of the way of knocking everything over, if you know what I mean! Then there's Louve trying to act the part of a lowly Usher (let's just say his acting skills leave much to be desired...and he's already desirable!), accomplishing said task (sort of), and being granted a higher position albeit temporary (sort of) by a less than above the bar Steward (seriously guy, goblets? That's your important mission? *cough cough* Yeah, I believe that for a nanosecond...). Next we have the day after scene in the kitchen...and by that I mean Bied's vague attempt to step into the cook's roll wearing an overly flattering (not really) dress that will serve her well as it distracts those she is serving from the less than palatable food (hahaha!). But then there's her nighttime drinking party with the barrels, the ladle, and an uninvited (yet not wholly unwelcome) guest, their time spent inspecting the previous mentioned kitchen (and I mean inspecting in a not for cleanliness way!), their new found closet space (let your imagination roam!), and a myriad of others situations I warned you they get into, up to, and so on!
There are some serious things going on as well though, so it's not all "fun" and games...okay, so it is a lot of games, but not in the way you think! The Warstones are a formidable family, but they are also all pretty much trying to kill one another, and by book's end, someone (though you may not guess who!) definitely falls...much of this particular game is where Louve is either pawn or master. The formidable family has skeletons in its closets as well though, and also a mistress who may be being kept against her will...which is whom Bied means to free!
So you see, not all simply trysts, drunken madness, and broken goblets. Definitely spying, espionage, kidnapping, and rescues needing to be made! Sound like something you'd like to get lost in? Good news...it's available now, so seek thee out a copy and get to know this curious duo you never saw coming!
About the author...
Nicole [Locke] first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced that hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).
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Special thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you and to the author for the signed edition for review. (THANK YOU!) For more information on this title, the author, this promotion, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today and be sure to check out the rest of the tour for more bookish fun!
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!