by Kate Worth
Published: July 11, 2012
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon
When pastry chef Jane Gray tries to sell a locket to an
upscale Victorian boutique, she becomes the unlikely subject of a massive police
hunt and fodder for London's salacious tabloid press. Secrets unravel, lies are
exposed, and Jane finds the last thing she expected... love. Jane works
tirelessly to provide a good life for her adopted daughter Pip, but her
peaceful, predictable existence is shattered when the Duke of Rutledge demands
custody of his niece. Charming and handsome, the duke's younger brother Finn
spends his leisure time between the sheets of London's most beautiful, wanton
women. The seasoned rake is perplexed by his growing attraction to demure,
virtuous Jane... definitely not his usual type. If she were any other woman, he
would simply make her his mistress. Instead, he is forced to consider more
honorable means of achieving his desires. While eagerly plotting her submission,
he fabricates excuses to spend time with her. It soon becomes evident there is
more to Jane than meets the eye, and Finn longs to possess the passionate,
sensual woman hidden beneath her modest facade. When a scandal rag threatens to
print false stories about the duke and his "love child," Finn offers
marriage under the guise of protection, but his true motives are less
altruistic. Jane's marriage draws the attention of a madman from her past. When
his beloved wife is threatened, Finn enters London's dangerous underworld in a
heart-stopping race to save the woman and child who have become his whole world.
The author gifted me a copy of The Promise
and I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. While the cover whore in me said, “Meh.” Well
let me assure you that the tale within was positively delightful. I laughed, I cried
and I giggled. Worth spun a tale that I consumed in a single afternoon and I
have the dirty laundry to prove it!
Pastry chef Jane Gray works in the bakery and lives in the
apartments about. She is twenty-four years old and mother to five-year-old
Pip. When an outbreak occurs from poor
drinking water, Jane becomes concerned for Pip’s future and decides to set up a
trust fund. She tries to sell Pip’s
locket at a fine Victorian jewelers,and finds herself the center of a police
hunt, accused of stealing a Duke’s jewelry and featured on the cover of a
tabloid press. She realizes that the
only way to handle her predicament is to go and speak with the Duke of Rutledge.
She and Pip make the walk to his mansion and the tale that unfolds was positively
delicious. Filled with suspense,
mystery, secrets and a swoon-worthy romance I found myself completely
Worth introduces us to some delightful characters. Jane, despite her attire, and status as a pastry chef reminded me of a young
Audrey Hepburn. (At least that is how she appeared in my head) She is level
headed, tough as nails, feminine and a wonderful mother to Pip. I loved how
confident she appeared on the outside. Pip was positively adorable and had such
a bubbly wonderful personality; I just wanted to squeeze her. Finn is the
younger brother of Cameron the Duke of Rutledge, and convinced he will never
marry; as he likes an ever changing menu in his bedchambers. The Duke, ah the Duke he comes off as a snob
but cares for his family. This is not Cameron’s story, but the author assures
me that we will get his tale soon. *sighs* I loved the banter between Jane and Finn.
I found his awakening to his own feelings for her endearing. I loved the
Duchess and laughed at this meddling mom. A cast of secondary
characters add to the tale, and I especially liked Peckman.
I really enjoyed the tale Worth spun and found the flow of
the tale to be engaging. How Jane came
to possess the locket and have the status of unwed mother was fascinating; as
was Jane’s back story. From the moment she stepped into the Rutledge home I
become completely swept up in the tale. While I would have liked to get a
better sense of Finn I adored watching the romance with Jane unfold. There was no insta-love, and the romance developed slowly with tension and excitement. Twists, suspense,
villains and secrets added to the tale making a tried and true formula feel original.
I recommend The
Promise to fans of historical romance with a side of mystery and suspense.
I have added Kate Worth to my authors list and cannot wait for the Duke’s
story. Her next book The Art of Desire: A
love story is due to release soon.
I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in
exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this novel 4.5 coffee cups out of 5.
I am so delighted to tell you that the author
has provided 5 signed copies of The Promise.
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