Sir Rand Montague faithfully serves King Edward I but that doesn’t mean that he always agrees with his decisions. Much to his own distaste he’s been sent to escort Lady Rosalyn to court where she is to be married off to Sir Golan, an abrasive knight whom Rand despises. This is no easy task since Rand has long admired Rose but he’s sworn not to marry and not even his deep affection for her is going to sway him.
Rand does his duty and Rose arrives at court safely, despite her obvious discomfort in being away from her son and the command she knows is forthcoming from the King which she will be unable to refuse. Rand hates knowing that she’ll be married to another man but knows there’s nothing he can do about it, that is, until he rescues Rose from Sir Golan’s attempt to compromise her – and offers to marry her himself.
Rose doesn’t want to marry but faced with no other option she’ll accept Rand over Sir Golan. The simple fact that Rand agrees to her terms of a marriage in name only gives her some measure of comfort, but she can’t deny that she’s always been attracted to him, and even though it’s supposed to be a marriage of convenience they both hunger for more. It doesn’t help matters much that neither of them can stop thinking of their one sexual encounter so long ago – and how good it was.
Rose and Rand have both suffered terribly in the past and this accounts for their aversion to marriage now. For Rose it’s simply a matter of learning how lovemaking is truly supposed to be but for Rand it’s going to take a lot more insight because he firmly believes that love leads to loss – and that’s not something he’s willing to risk.
VOW OF DECEPTION is a thoroughly captivating historical novel with tons of action, sensuality, suspense and emotion. I love a good story with characters I can relate to and empathize with and Angela Johnson’s story definitely lived up to my expectations. Rose’s abuse at the hands of her deceased husband is heartbreaking but because of that she’s able to fully embrace and appreciate everything Rand has to offer. It also gives her more insight to Rand’s own fears and why he’s so afraid to love her, or anyone, for that matter. While I admit I adore Rand and Rose and their dedication to each other what I really love about VOW OF DECEPTION are the villains. They’re so evil it just makes you giddy to hate them! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, one thing’s certain, you won’t soon forget any of the characters you read about in VOW OF DECEPTION and it will definitely leave readers eager for Ms. Johnson’s next release.
While it’s not really necessary in order to fully appreciate this story you might want to pick up a copy of VOW OF SEDUCTION as well. It contains Rand’s cousin Kat and Alex’s romance which we get to see glimpses of throughout VOW OF DECEPTION but admittedly I still wanted to know more about them.