Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Review -- Vow of Deception

Vow of Deception
by Angela Johnson
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: November 1, 2010

After the death of her demented and abusive husband, Rose Harcourt, Lady Ayleston, vows never to allow another man control over her life. Determined to provide her young son with a loving environment sans an overbearing man, Rose decides to take a vow of chastity. Her plans are quickly ruined when Sir Rand Montague, a knight for King Edward, arrives at Ayleston Castle with orders from the King for Rose to appear at Westminster Palace posthaste. Nervous about the King’s plans, Rose’s mind and heart quickly turns to the man sent to escort her. Rand is not some random knight sent on the King’s errand. Oh no! Rand is the man she turned to for a night of passion . . . while she was still married to her barbarian husband.

The images of the deaths of his mother and sister still haunt Sir Rand Montague. Vowing never to love another person and lose them in tragedy, Rand is surprised when King Edward informs Rand he must escort Lady Ayleston to court. Warm memories of a loving night have Rand eager to see Rose again, until he learns of the King’s plans to marry Rose to Sir Golan de Coucy, a man Rand does not trust for good reason.

Once Rose discovers the King’s plans for her future, she is beside herself with worry and anxiety. Those emotions are only magnified when Rose is attacked by her betrothed, Sir Golan. Ever the heroic knight, Rand arrives “just in time” and saves Rose from the vile attentions of Sir Golan. Determined to give Rose and her son a safe environment, Rand proposes marriage, which Rose agrees to with the stipulation their marriage will be in name only. The King orders a jousting match between Sir Rand and Sir Golan with the winner taking Rose in marriage. Rand is victorious in the match, and he and Rose are married quickly. But that is not where the story ends. No, it is just the beginning of this wild ride. With more than a few twists and turns, Rand and Rose have quite a bumpy ride to happily ever after.

Vow of Deception is Angela Johnson’s second book and one to be proud of. Not only is the emotional tie between Rand and Rose strong, but the sexual tension between the two is thicker than London fog. Rand is a man afraid to love for the fear of eventual loss. Rose is a woman who has been beaten and battered (physically and mentally) and wonders if there are any good men in the world. As these two slowly break down their own walls of grief and mistrust, the rays of love, trust and hope begin to shine in their hearts. It is a beautiful journey to witness!

As a side note, I must say that I fell in love with Rose’s son Jason from the very first scene. Maybe it is because of my own two little ones, but this little boy stole my heart. My maternal, protective instincts immediately went on alert anytime this little boy appeared in a scene.

If you adore medievals as much as I do and enjoy a story full of betrayal, suspense, shock, love and passion, then I would highly recommend you purchase Vow of Deception.

~ Buffie


  1. Buffie
    You have sold me I do love a medieval and I will be adding both of Angela's books to my must have list

    Have Fun

  2. I'm looking forward to this book. I really enjoyed the Angela's debut.

  3. These 2 books sound like I will have to read them.... I love historicals... whatever period as long as they have a HEA

  4. Great review, Buffie! You know I love a good medieval, so I will have to pick up a copy for sure.

  5. Buffie, you know how much I love medievals. Thanks for the review!

  6. This sounds like a good one, Buffie! I love little kids that steal your heart. :)

  7. Hey Helen! Since I know you enjoy medievals, I think you would really like this one.

  8. Jane, if you enjoyed VOW OF SEDUCTION then you will like VOW OF DECEPTION too. Both are really great books!

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

    I love all historicals too. And a HEA is a MUST for any book I read.

    I hope you enjoy this one!

  10. Thanks, Gannon, PJ and Andrea! This is a great book and one I think any historical reader would enjoy.

  11. Oh I loved her first one, I know this one will be just as satisfying.

  12. Dianna, yes, this book is satisfying, and if you enjoyed the first one then you will enjoy this one too.

  13. Unfortunately, Angela Johnson ran into some problems while trying to respond to the comments on this review. So below are her responses.



    I want to thank you so much for another wonderful, well-written review. All the lovely comments from your blog readers have brightened my day.

    I really fell in love with the adorable Jason. I'm super proud of this story.

    Books are very subjective. I really, really hope everyone loves VOW OF DECEPTION as much as you do.

    Jane, and aka Diana, I'm thrilled you enjoyed VOW SEDUCTION

    Thanks Andrea and PJ. I love medievals too. I hope you'll give my books a try.

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.