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    ARC Review + Giveaway: Suitors and Sabotage

    April 20, 2018

    22718738Release Date: April 17, 2018
    Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks

    Two young people must hide their true feelings for each other while figuring out who means them harm in this cheeky Regency romance from the author of Love, Lies and Spies and Duels & Deception.

    Shy aspiring artist Imogene Chively has just had a successful Season in London, complete with a suitor of her father’s approval. Imogene is ambivalent about the young gentleman until he comes to visit her at the Chively estate with his younger brother in tow. When her interest is piqued, however, it is for the wrong brother.

    Charming Ben Steeple has a secret: despite being an architectural apprentice, he has no drawing aptitude. When Imogene offers to teach him, Ben is soon smitten by the young lady he considers his brother’s intended.

    But hiding their true feelings becomes the least of their problems when, after a series of “accidents,” it becomes apparent that someone means Ben harm. And as their affection for each other grows—despite their efforts to remain just friends—so does the danger. . .

    In Suitors and Sabotage, author Cindy Anstey delivers another witty young adult historical fiction novel that is the perfect mix of sweetly romantic and action-packed.


    Suitors and Sabotage is Cindy Anstey’s third novel with Swoon Reads, but it’s the first book of hers that I read. Over the past couple of years I have heard great things about Anstey’s historical fiction novels, and I was not disappointed!

    The year is 1817, and Imogene Chively left her Season in London with one suitor in tow—Ernest Steeple. In order to become better acquainted with one another, Ernest and his younger brother Ben come to stay with Imogene, her family, and their close friends. However, Ben’s charming personality and teasing manner soon swoops Imogene as well as her best friend Emily off their feet. Add in several suspicious accidents, and it seems as if someone is out to sabotage Ben for some unknown reason.

    From the get go it’s obvious that Ben is the primary love interest. I mean, he saves her dog from harm in the first few pages…Ernest never had a chance. However, Imogene and Ben’s romance is slow and subtle. Imogene tries her hardest to fall for Ernest, especially after Emily shows interest in Ben, and Ben does not betray his brother by openly acted upon any of his feelings, yet both still fall in love with each other in a swoony way.

    I loved how Imogene’s passion for art shined throughout the novel and how she aspires to open a school of her own, which is impressive considering the time period. Furthermore, I loved how Ben doesn’t even second guess her abilities and seeks her out as a teacher (and later partner). I also appreciated Imogene and Emily’s friendship, especially towards the end. Even though Emily was interested in Ben, she never truly fell for him like Imogene did and their friendship stays intact.

    Overall, Suitors and Sabotage was a fun Regency novel, and I look forward to reading Cindy Anstey’s other books in the future!

    My Rating:

    *This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*


    About Cindy

    Whenever she is not sitting at the computer, throwing a ball in the backyard, gardening or reading, Cindy can be found–actually, not found–adventuring around the world with her hubby. She has lived on three continents, had a monkey in her yard and a scorpion under her sink, dwelt among castles and canals, enjoyed the jazz of Beale St and attempted to speak French. Cindy loves history, mystery and… a chocolate Labrador called Chester. Love, Lies and Spies is her debut novel.





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