Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Review: Treachery's Devotion by Mari Carr & Lila Dubois

Mari Carr & Lila Dubois
Treachery's Devotion
The Masters' Admiralty Book 1 

A warrior with everything to prove. 

Tristan Knight has served the Admiral of England since he was a teenager. As a knight he has pledged his life to protect the Masters’ Admiralty, and when he’s assigned to escort an archaeologist on a research trip he knows the menial task is punishment for the failure of his last mission. 

A woman in a gilded cage. 

Sophia Starabba is a brilliant scholar and accomplished law enforcement officer, working for Italy’s cultural heritage protection department. But none of that matters to her family or the other members of the territory of Rome. To them she’s the “Principessa”- daughter of the Admiral. 

The man who holds the key. 

James Rathmann lives for mysteries. In another life he would have been a detective, but a love for digging in the dirt made him an archaeologist. Now one of the world’s leading experts on coins, and curator at the British Museum, he’s been called to Rome to examine a recent discovery. 

An old enemy back from the dead. Among the coins they find something alarming—a message from a villain everyone had assumed was long dead. 

Tristan leads them on the trail to identify and protect the next potential target and possibly discover the identity of the Domino, a killer and anarchist who plagued the Masters’ Admiralty in the past. 

But the Domino isn’t dead, and together James, Sophia and Tristan will fight to stay alive and one step ahead of a killer who will do anything to destroy the Masters’ Admiralty.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

The crowds parted before James like the Red Sea for Moses. Most people didn’t seem to be consciously moving out of the way. They simply saw a large someone coming and moved aside.

But my cousin said they think it’s one man per generation. He passes on the legacy to another… like the Dread Pirate Roberts.

That man was a born politician. He can talk without saying anything.

She stared at the single-serve coffee maker. Why would anyone do that to coffee?


My Review:

Silly me, I was new to these authors and was unaware that I was starting the first book of a spin-off from a long-established series of nine previous books, so it was no wonder I felt at sea and in the need of remedial assistance.  This one just wasn’t my cup of tea but I did enjoy the occasional humor and levity as well as the sweetness the characters brought out in each other.  The plot was interesting yet complicated and the structure and rules of the featured clandestine organization the characters belonged to were complex and annoyingly tedious.  The story was packed with vivid details from their opulent and lush surroundings, to their erotic polyamorous lifestyles, and on through to the gruesome descriptions of dismembered murder victims – yikes.  There weren't many of them, but the sensual scenes were salaciously steamy and one character had a fanciful imagination and was prone to naughty daydreams.  I most likely would have enjoyed the story more had I been familiar with the previous books, as I frequently felt moronically slow-witted and unable to comprehend the totality of the tale.

Empress DJ

About the Authors:

Mari Carr Writing a book was number one on Mari Carr’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories, novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends and she has nearly eighty published works. Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research. Join her newsletter so you don’t miss new releases and for exclusive subscriber-only content.

Lila is a top selling author of paranormal, fantasy and contemporary erotic romance. Having spent extensive time in France, Egypt, Turkey, England and Ireland Lila speaks five languages, none of them (including English) fluently. She now lives in Los Angeles with a cute Irishman. Lila loves to hear from fans! Send an email to author AT or join her newsletter for contests, deleted scenes, articles, and release notifications.

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