Love and Deceit


Lady Katherine Mason is a gentlewoman held back by the constraints of society and her birth. Unwilling to live by those restrictions, she has a secret - and it takes her into the home of the Barrick Gray, the Marquess of Withington. Barrick, whose body has been damaged by war, lives in seclusion and self-revulsion until Lady Katherine enters his world. However, neither is prepared for the passion that flares between them or the events that transform their world.

Set in the English Regency period, “Love and Deceit” is a love story between a war-scarred member of the ton and a woman bound by stringent decorum. Although a little drawn out at times, the story transports the reader to a time replete with debauchery for men and constraint for women. Even though the intimacy between Katherine and Barrick seemed rushed and crossed the limits of acceptable behavior, it was nonetheless romantic. Katherine’s strength and determination offset Garrick’s arrogance and self-loathing, causing sparks to fly and desire to flare. When Katherine’s exploits became known, her family’s acceptance was uncharacteristic for the time, but still refreshing and heartwarming. The main characters are likable, and the story line is engaging and well written, making this book an entertaining read for fans of Regency romance. 

Janna Shay