Friday, February 12, 2016

BLOG TOUR: REVIEW ~ Undeceived by Karen M. Cox

I received a advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb: …if I endeavor to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me?-Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 40
During the last gasp of the Cold War, Elizabeth Bennet, a young, forthright counterintelligence officer, embarks on an exciting assignment that would make her late father, a fallen CIA operative, proud. She transfers to Europe to investigate the legendary and elusive William Darcy, an officer in line for the coveted Soviet station chief position who’s suspected of being a double agent.

William Darcy appears to lead a charmed existence, but now he finds himself fighting for his career and against his growing feelings for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move.

Elizabeth wants to throw the book at him, but the facts don’t match her preconceptions. Is Darcy being set up? Are there darker forces at work? Or is William Darcy a skilled double agent after all? Nothing is as it seems, however, and the closer Elizabeth gets to the truth about Darcy, the more she spirals into danger.

My Review: Espionage. The Cold War. A sassy heroine and a emotionally distant hero. This book has it all. From Budapest to Berlin to the States and beyond we get to see Darcy and Lizzy play out their convoluted courtship while he is denying his feelings and she is investigating him per her orders.

I really did enjoy all the various personalities from all the characters. They really made this book stand out amongst the crowd. The person I suspected all along of being out for Darcy did not disappoint me and I was very happy to see this person put down. And I was glad when Wickham got out of the picture as well. But the thing that got me was the twist at the very end of the book. I did not see that coming but maybe I should have.

This book is a definite must read of 2016. You will not be disappointed from the very first page to the last.

Rating: ★★★★★

Author Bio: Karen M Cox writes novels accented with romance and history. All three of her published novels: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, and At the Edge of the Sea, have garnered awards from the independent publishing industry, taking top honors three out of the five times they were recognized. Last year, she also participated in Meryton Press’s inaugural anthology, Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, with her short story, “Northanger Revisited 2015.” Her fourth full-length novel, Undeceived: Pride and Prejudice in the Spy Game, will be released in early 2016.

Karen was born in Everett WA, which was the result of coming into the world as the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a slightly nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee and New York State before moving to her family’s home state of Kentucky when she was almost twelve. She lives in a small, quiet Kentucky town with her husband and children, and works as a pediatric speech pathologist. She spends her off hours reading, writing, and being a wife and mom—and spoiling her new granddaughter.

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  1. I gave it 5 stars as well it was a fun fast read. I loved all the characters and there somewhat vague resemblance to the original book. Jirina took a little while,Duh. The surprise at the end was intriguing. It was a well written spy novel not just a P&P variation. No spoilers !

  2. Thanks for the spoiler free review! So glad you too enjoyed it.

  3. Hmm, so from your review, I deduce that it was ~not~ Wickham who was out for Darcy! So who could it be? Very mysterious... I guess I'll have to read it to find out, of course. Looking forward to it.

  4. Thanks Tina, for your review :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it! As for Wickham having it in for Darcy - well, let's just say...hmm, it's Complicated :D

  5. It's sounding better and better all the time! Especially now knowing that there's a twist at the end.