Monday, November 2, 2015

REVIEW: Of Love and Betrayal (+$10 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Of Love and Betrayal 
Author: Louise Lyndon
Series: N/A
Pages: 302
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Aveline de Bondeville is on the run. Determined to keep out of the hands of the cruel Raimbaut de Blois she will do whatever it takes to stay alive. And so when she finds herself in the company of Troy de Gysborne she must quickly decide if she can trust him. But can she confess to murder knowing it would mean her certain death?

Troy de Gysborne did the unthinkable; he tore the bonds of brotherhood and left a path of destruction in his wake. And now Troy must face those he betrayed, including the father who long ago renounced him. But to confess to the crime he committed will cost him everything. Including Aveline. But can he remain silent if it means losing the woman he loves?

~My Thoughts~
This one is steamy, yet mild in terms of heat level! I enjoyed it, although the romance didn't quite click for me at first. There was a bit of insta-love which irritated me, but in a pseudo stand alone, some rushing has to be expected. The story itself was well-written, with enough twists to have me guessing and never bored. Historical romance is not my favorite type, but I enjoyed this one a lot. 

The story is very much centralized around the romance, but this doesn't stop the plot from being enthralling and emotional. Troy has his secrets, and one of the main issues is that he keeps them hidden from Aveline. We see aspects of these secrets flickering out now and again, which kept me wondering and just a little hesitant about letting Troy into  my...I mean Aveline's...heart. 

Aveline is on the run; her bitter past was a bit like the Countess De Wintour in the Three Musketeers...she was forced to become a murderer, though she herself seems like a wonderful girl. She's obviously a bit traumatized from her experience, and a bit closed off...which is also understandable. I enjoyed that both she and Troy had darker pasts, and they were able to help each other cope with them and move forward. 
~Try an Excerpt!~
Aveline’s scream burned her throat; she tasted blood. Eudes staggered forward, his eyes wide. He looked at her as he fell to his knees and then slumped forward. Bright red blood rushed from his wound and pooled on the ground. She looked at Raimbaut.

“This time you shall not escape.”

She picked up her skirts and ran headlong into the forest and did not slow her speed as branches slapped her in the face and tore at her arms. The ground beneath her feet was icy and uneven. She risked a glance over her shoulder and did not stop even though Raimbaut was nowhere to be seen. He may not have been behind her, but it did not mean he was not stalking her.

Sweat trickled down her face and burned her eyes. Her heart pumped, her lungs gasped for air. She came to a skidding stop and looked wildly around. Should she keep running straight, go left or right, or make her way back to Gysborne? She turned in a circle and shoved her hair from her eyes.

A twig snapped behind her. She stilled and held her breath. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a blur rush by. Was it an animal? Was it Raimbaut?

She ignored the pain in her chest and her sudden need to loosen her bladder. But she could not ignore her trembling. She clutched her arms to her chest. A sour taste flooded her mouth as she did not see how she would be lucky enough a second time to escape from Raimbaut.
~Meet Louise!~ 
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.

In 2013, Louise won first prize in the historical romance category of the Crested Butte Sandy Writing Contest for her story, The Promise, which has since been retitled and is now known as, Of Love & Vengeance.

When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!

Louise will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me. It's great to be here! I'm here to answer any questions - so don't be shy! Ask away.

  3. "... When not writing, Louise can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls!" Can totally relate. My daughter does the same thing! Way to go!!!

    1. Way to go your daughter, Laney! Do she suffer many injuries? My feet, knees and shoulders aren't what they used to be!

    2. Lots of scrapes, bruises, blood, etc., but you guys and all those others still power on!

  4. interesting sounding

  5. Thank you for your thoughts. It's the twists in stories that I love.

    1. Hi Mary - i hope you get to read Troy and Aveline's story!

  6. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and your review. This book sounds like a very interesting read!

  7. The cover is great and I've enjoyed the excerpt.