Book Review

Spotlight on Robyn DeHart and Brotherhood of the Sword Series

Undercover with the Earl (Brotherhood of the Sword #1)  

uwte rdhBOOK BLURB: To capture the most eligible bachelor in London…

London, 1838

The handsome Earl of Summersby may just be the most eligible bachelor in London, but has no interest in a wife. As a member of the Brotherhood, Bennett Haile is far more vested in his undercover duties for the crown and protecting the Queen from would-be assassins. For now he has the perfect tool with which to lure out the villains—a young woman with an uncanny likeness to the queen.

The spirited Evelyn Marington is about to live out every country girl’s dream—becoming royalty overnight. Under the tutelage of the arrogant Earl of Summersby, she’ll have to fool the entire court that she is, in fact, the queen. But as danger threatens from every side, Bennett realizes that his lovely little protegé isn’t just placing her life in his hands… She’s stealing his heart.

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REVIEW: As a huge fan of PBS’s Victoria series, I welcomed this series set in the early reign of Queen Victoria.

In the year of Our Lord 1838 the young Queen has just taken the throne of England, and right off the bat, enemy is lurking around and the plots abound to end her reign.

However, there are men who’ve sworn to protect the throne and England’s rightful heir. They are the legendary secret organization dedicated to protecting England’s ruler, Custos a Vesica (the Brotherhood of the Sword). These  men are fiercely loyal, passionate and duty bound to protect, even at the costs of their lives, their sovereign.

I liked the fast pace of this story almost as much as our man characters, Bennett and Evelyn. Both were such rich characters and their happily ever after was fraught with a lot of complex situations, but the road they traveled was entertaining and fun. I liked it a lot!

As the first book in the Brotherhood of the Sword series, we’re off to a good start and I’m looking forward to the rest of the stories.

Dueling With the Duke (Brotherhood of the Sword #2)  

dwtd rdhBOOK BLURB: England, 1838

Gabriel Campbell, Duke of Lynford never intended to carry that title, but when his reckless brother gets himself killed in a duel over a woman, Gabe has no choice. Now he’s sworn off love, blaming the woman that broke his brother’s heart and led to his untimely death.

Lilith Crisp, Lady Thornton, knew from a young age that pretty girls grow up and get married off to the highest bidder. Being paraded around London as her husband’s trophy has taught her some unique skills and now she can manipulate any man for his darkest secrets.

Gabriel’s position in the Brotherhood of the Sword leads him directly to Lilith’s door. For Gabe, Lilith is the one woman he’s always wanted, and Lilith is now forced to deal with a man who seems immune to her charms. But a secret about Lilith’s niece brings them together to face a danger that threatens not only their lives, but the fate of England’s Crown. Resisting Lilith is getting more and more difficult and Gabe finally recognizes that he can’t keep blaming her for his brother’s fate. Finding love means forgiving the past and that might be the one thing they simply can’t do…

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REVIEW: Brotherhood of the Sword series continues as the men of the brotherhood continue to protect their Queen.

As the legendary secret organization dedicated to protecting England’s ruler, Custos a Vesica (the Brotherhood of the Sword) are men of loyalty and passion.

This story had everything I love about the historical romance genre. It had solid, complex characters and a second chance at love; mystery plot that made the story move fast; sexual tension with plenty of action and danger.  Loved it!

Eloping with the Princess (Brotherhood of the Sword #3)  

ewtp rdhBOOK BLURB: When a fellow member of the Brotherhood of the Sword drops off a mysterious lady in need of protection at the house of Viscount Jason Ellis, he agrees to keep her safe not fully knowing what that will entail. Once Isabel Crisp learns the truth of her identity, that she’s the last remaining member of the royal family from the island nation of Saldania, her world is tipped upside down.

A plot to usurp the throne from Victoria after a marriage comes to light. Isabel realizes rather quickly that if she were already married the men would not succeed with their plan. Jason reluctantly agrees to marry her, but in name only as he’s bound to learn the title to his brother’s son, the rightful heir. But keeping his hands off his tempting and willing wife proves too difficult and the passion between them ignites.

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REVIEW: With this story I believe we’ve come to an end of the Brotherhood of the Sword series and what a great ending it was. I really enjoyed the plots and premise of this series.

In this story we reacquaint ourselves with Viscount Jason Ellis who we’ve met in ‘Undercover with the Earl’. It took me awhile to warm up to his character, but he grew on me and in the end I thought he was a true hero.

The heroine, Isabel Crisp, was likeable from the start. She was smart and relatable. Their marriage of convenience story was fun to follow, but I had so much fun reading all the twists and turns behind the plot to overthrow Queen Victoria from her throne. I am a huge fan of the PBS’s Victoria series and having seen the people around her as she takes her rightful place as England’s Queen, I really enjoyed all the “behind the scene” struggles and tension among her court and her people.

This series was well written, clever and a whole lot of fun to read. Ms. DeHart continues to delight me with her stories. I highly recommend all the books in this series.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC’s provided by the publisher

rdhAUTHOR BIO: National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart’s novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader’s Crown and a Reviewer’s Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.

When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it’s hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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