on May 3rd 2016
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With her husband’s dying words, “My marchioness has it,” the Marchioness of Huntingdon is thrown into a nightmare of intrigue and danger. But even those who are holding her brother ransom can’t force her to do the impossible—hand over a necklace she doesn’t have.
Major Samuel Bennett believes the newly widowed Lady Claire Huntingdon is a traitor. He intends to get the necklace he’s convinced she has, before sending her to the gallows. But when he meets the captivating widow, he discovers that nothing is as it seems.
Claire knows she can’t trust anyone, but she isn’t given a choice when Major Bennett arrives, demanding she give him the necklace. And it isn’t until she’s forced to put her life in his hands that she realizes it isn’t only her life she’s in danger of losing—but her heart as well.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Ransomed Jewels is a stand alone book by Laura Landon. It’s not the first book that I have read of hers and it certainly won’t be my last.
This is the story about Lady Claire Huntingdon, recently widowed, and in grave danger because some very important people believe that she is in possession of a necklace and papers that her late husband stole in his role of a spy for England.
Major Samuel Bennett was with Lord Huntingdon when he was murdered and the last words he spoke were that the necklace and papers were with his Marchioness. Sam has to retrieve the items from her, but when he visits her with that in mind he finds her beaten badly by a Russian that broke into her house to get the very same things from her. When he doesn’t get them he gives her a message that if she doesn’t give them to the man who he works for by a certain time, then her brother would be killed. The problem is that Claire has no idea where the things are, her husband didn’t give them to her.
She tells Sam the same thing, and of course he doesn’t believe her either, but first things first, he has to make sure she survives her attack. Once she is well enough, he interrogates her, but she can’t tell him anything. She does however want to search for the jewels because until she has them in her possession, her brother’s life is at stake. Sam needs the jewels and papers to give to the Russians in a bid to make peace and stop a war where thousands of men could end up killed. He knows nothing about Claire’s brother and even if he did, what is one man’s life compared to thousands. So the search begins by both of them, even going as far as opening every single book in the large library to make sure they weren’t in a cut out section of a book. No stone can be left unturned.
The story continues to tell us of their search. Will they find them, and if they do, will they find them in time. Will Claire manage to keep them for herself or will Sam spirit them away. During their time together, they start to have feelings for each other. Sam doesn’t want to give in to them because he thinks she is selfishly keeping the Jewels to herself because of their value. It really doesn’t help that he is way too quick to always think the worst of her. Claire doesn’t want to give in because after years of not being loved by her late husband she believes she is repulsive and that if she shows any affection towards Sam he will turn away in disgust.
So we have a will they won’t they romance, some very intimate scenes, huge intrigue with not knowing where the jewels and papers are, and whether they will be found, some double crossing, plus a huge twist towards the end of the book. I needed to read this book in one sitting because I had to find out what happens as quickly as I could. For me that is a sign of a great story. This one definitely ticked all the right boxes for me and I fully recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.