Kat Martin: Heart of Courage

I read the other books in the series some time ago and really liked them. so it was little surprise that when I finally found Kat Martin’s Heart of Courage I enjoyed it.

Full of action, suspense, and could character conflict Heart of Courage features a headstrong heroine driven to uncover a series of murders in order to clear her buffoon brother’s name.

At first, I thought I wouldn’t like the hero Thor.  He seemed a bit too caricatured for my taste, but slowly you realize that this is the heroine’s perspective.  As her mind opens to him, so does Martin’s picture of him finally bringing us a strong and interesting male character that is every bit as complicated as the woman he is drawn to.

I also like how these two characters learn they have to make compromises in order to make their relationship work…how like life…and how like Austen.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable series.

Under the pert pen name “Lady Smart.” opinionated Lindsey Graham crusades for social change among London’s elite, writing for the ladies’ gazette Heart to Heart. but Lindsey’s greatest campaign begins when her brother Rudy, a notorious rake, is accused of murdering a string of prostitutes.

Her confidence in his innocence is bolstered when an anonymous letter arrives naming viscount Merrick as the killer. Lindsey launches her own investigation into the gentleman’s questionable pursuits, a risky venture that earns her an unwelcome bodyguardThor Draugr.

At first, Lindsey refuses the protection of her employer’s brother-in-law. They are like oil and water, yet she can barely conceal her attraction to the rugged Norseman. But an attempt on her life reveals not only the lengths that someone will go to in order to prevent her interference in the viscount’s sordid affairs, but that she can no longer deny that she desires the warrior by her side …”

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