Duels and Deception Blog Tour

Hi Everyone! So as you can see, I am participating in Xpresso Blog Tour's tour for Duels and Deception. They have supplied me with a copy of this book in order to provide an honest review. Please note that this has not affected my opinion in any way. 

The format of this blog post with take the following format if you are interested!

  • Giveaway information
  • Book Links
  • Book Review
  • About the Author

Giveaway Information:

The following prize is what you could win(US/CAN Only)
  • A Physical Copy of Duels and Deception
You can use the following link to enter: 


This giveaway ends the 20th of April

Book Links:

Book Review:

Title: Duels and Deception
Author: Cindy Anstey
Series: Not Applicable
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: E-book
Pages: 368
Rating: 4
Reading Timeline: 10 April 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clear, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going to plan.

Until Lydia - and Robert along with her - is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants...

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I cannot wait to get into this book. I have no idea what this book will be about mainly because I wanted to go into it as blind as possible. All I know is that it looks extremely interesting and I cannot wait to start it. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy of both of the books. Please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I found the story to be well written however the story slowed down quite a bit from the middle until the end. Those chapters from the middle to the end weren't really necessarily boring, it was more that I felt that they lacked action. I was really happy when things picked up towards the end though. This story is told from two point of views. I really enjoyed seeing insight into both characters lives and minds. It definitely made things more swoon worthy

Plot Thoughts:

This book started off fun. Our Lydia, our female protagonist, meets our other main character within a couple of pages. This book defiantly kept me on the edge of my seat and to stop me from spoiling anything. I won't say anything else here.

Character Thoughts:

Lydia is our female protagonist and wealthy land owner. She is headstrong and extremely intelligent. I quite enjoyed reading from her point of view as well as the other point of view. Robert is our second main character and it is clear to see that the moment he and Lydia meet, there is undeniable chemistry. He was absolutely swoon worthy. He constantly made up reasons to see Lydia. I loved that he kept scolding himself for how much he thought of Lydia. It was honestly too sweet

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was really good! Highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking about reading this book. Trust me, it is worthy it! Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with a copy. I absolutely adored this.

About the Author:

Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found - actually, not found - adventuring around the world with her hubby.

She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French.

Cindy loves history, mystery and... a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.


Yours in Reading,


  1. Great review, Melleny! This sounds like a lovely and well written read! Glad you liked it! :)


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