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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki


Book Blurb:
Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.

Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.

Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.

Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady's heart? 

Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?

My Thoughts:

You all know me and my problems with covers. Yes, I wanted to read A Christmas Code because of the cover. I'm seduced by the color red. I guess it's a good thing I liked the story, because I would have been in big trouble. Anyway, I actually like the older brother's best friend and baby sister tropes. They are a lot of fun. Here's why: 1) Best friend doesn't want to go after best friend's sister cause the bro-code. Ash knows this; example:
Forbidden by some unwritten gentleman's code, Ash considered her off limits. She wasn't sure if it was the age difference of eight years, his rakish past, or her position as his best friend's younger sister. 
Basically you don't go after best friend sister. 2) The sibling in question tries everything in their power to get the friend to fall madly in love with them. Gwyneth does. She flirts with other guys trying to get Ash to see that she's no longer the little girl he once saw her. Ash doesn't have a problem doesn't have a problem seeing her more than the girl, it's that whole honor system. My reasons for best friend and sister trope. However, I don't see it as A Christmas Code as a true best friend and sister trope cause Gwyneth brother doesn't have a problem with the relationship. Normally, it there is a lot more struggle to get these two together. Sorry, I'm digressing here.

Anyway, A Christmas Code was a pretty good story. It kept my attention with the whole spies and plot to murder the Prince Regent. Then you have Ash trying to keep Gwyneth safe from the danger that is lurking around. Overall, A Christmas Code is a nice holiday read with a little bit mystery. I liked it so much so, I want to go back and read the first story.

Favorite Lines:
"Allow? You've got a lot to learn about women. You never tell women that you're allowing them to do anything. That gets their backs up and then you can never, never win. Trust me- as an old married man."

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Author Bio:
Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.

Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

 Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write the romantic, regency The Code Breaker Series. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge.

Jacki has set her Grayce Walters Mystery Series in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery.

Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire and Women Under Fire.

Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, were her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in each series.

A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies--a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.

Look for more heart-pounding adventure, intrigue, and romance in A Code of the Heart—A Regency Novella, next in the Code Breaker Series, to be released on Valentine’s Day, 2015.

To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website: http:// www.jackidelecki.com. Follow her on FB—Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

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Giveaway Info:
$25 Amazon Gift Card
2 eBook copies of A Code of Love

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