on Jan. 19, 2019 :
Book #1, Wicked Magic. Raisa Greywood's debut novel knocks it out of the park!
Elizabeth Stratton's life's a study in contrasts. At one time a member of a wealthy family, her father, once a respected member of the peerage, is now a broken drunkard. Elizabeth lives in fear and loathing, wondering each day just how much worse it can get. She's about to find out! Richard, Earl of Shepton, appears out of nowhere, buying a marriage contract from her father at such an exorbitant price that Elizabeth's shocked. What can an earl possibly want with a poor, mousy girl? And why the rush to marry? Nothing makes sense! But Elizabeth's eager to escape her father's derisive, abusive behavior. Despite her reservations, she and Richard seem to truly connect. But that rapport will soon be tested by an unforeseen force set on wreaking havoc. Richard has a mistress. Angeline's a woman of extraordinary charm and persuasiveness. As she inserts herself into Elizabeth and Richard's marriage, nothing will ever be the same. Angeline bewitches both Richard and Elizabeth, coaxing both into the most outrageous of acts. In the back of her mind, a voice tells Elizabeth she should be repulsed by Angeline's seductions. But she can't resist Angeline or the enslavement to which Angeline and Richard subject her. Then forces beyond Elizabeth's control force her to face Angeline's true nature. Angeline's powerful, seemingly all powerful. As Richard wavers back and forth between seeming indifference and intense cruelty toward Elizabeth and utter devotion to Angeline, Elizabeth has choices to make. She'll have to fight Angeline, not just for Richard, but for everyone and everything she holds dear. Does she even have that ability? Isolated and alone, Elizabeth despairs. But fate's fickle. Can there be help out there? Does anyone have the power or will to battle Angeline? Or is Angeline truly unstoppable? Is Elizabeth powerless? Nothing is certain. Everything's in doubt. Can Elizabeth trust anyone? If so, who? In the end, Elizabeth knows she has to dig deeper than ever before to find a way to protect herself, Richard, and all the others she loves!
Raisa Greywood is a new author for me. To say her first novel totally blew me away would be an massive understatement. I absolutely adored this book! I had no idea what to expect when I started it. But, for me, this was a true delight! In many ways, this is a classic good versus evil story. But the ever-changing natures of every character in the book, the alternative Regency-type world in which the story is set, the magic, both good and evil, and the total unpredictably of the story make this so much more than a simple fairytale. I was truly enchanted. Elizabeth is initially sheltered, maybe even a bit naïve. But she's also no doormat. She has a backbone. Richard seems to be the stereotypical arrogant Regency era peer of the realm...entitled, rich, and used to being obeyed in every way. Then the tables turn, and Elizabeth has to reach so far beyond what she ever thought was possible just to survive. Richard is alternately loving, cruel beyond measure, and wracked with guilt. And then there's Angeline who defies description. She's a force of nature. She's utterly charming, beguiling, cruel, and outright evil. She's the counterpoint to everything Elizabeth stands for. And Richard's the wildcard, caught in the middle between the two. This story plays out on so many levels that you can't possibly predict what's coming next. It kept me on the edge of my seat from the second I started reading. Raisa Greywood is brilliant! I'm already anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. Congratulations, Ms. Greywood! I don't think I've ever read a debut novel that's held me as enthralled and captivated as Wicked Deception. Five stars doesn't come close to what this book deserves!
One final note. Be an informed reader! This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language, dark themes, and sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, this may not be the book for you. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and Amazon. Use these resources. DON'T LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW WHEN YOU KNOW YOU WON'T ENJOY THE BOOK. It's not fair to the author. She works hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to a book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!
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