Hi readers! I am so very excited to welcome Cat Gardiner back to Austenesque Reviews today!!! You may have noticed I adore her novels (see here and here if this is brand new information for you), and one of my favorites of hers is Denial of Conscience, her Austenesque spy/thriller with motorcycles, CIA assassins, and traveling around the world. I’m so elated to see that Cat is continuing the story of Iceman and his Lakmé !!!
Happily ever after … le sigh. If only life was that perfect. It’s why we read romance, right? We go through an entire novel, sometimes at the edge of our seats, enduring angst and obstacles leading to true love, and we’re always waiting with baited breath for them to kiss, say “I love you,” maybe even go to bed. Maybe it fades to black but the curtain always closes with the final act: Happily Ever After.
We had that in Denial of Conscience. The stone-cold, impenetrable Darcy who couldn’t trust a woman and swore off relationships (never having had a real one anyway.) And then there was Liz, so sheltered and inexperienced with men, virtual doormat to her father. Heck she was willing to sacrifice her deeply hidden dream of Prince Charming and was set to marry a man she didn’t love to save her family homestead. So, we put these two very different people―who have some commonalities―together, send them on a dangerous quest, and watch the relationship grow. Most likely we encouraged them a few times with each page turn: “Kiss her!” “Carry her off to bed!” “Run away together!”