Author: Jacki Delecki

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki

Posted December 18, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 5 Comments

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A Christmas Code
by Jacki Delecki
Series: The Code Breakers #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Suspense, Novella
Release Date: November 10th 2014
Format: eBook, 166 pages

Book Description:

Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.

Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.

Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.

Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady’s heart?

Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?

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Excerpt

Linnet sat on a padded bench that ringed the inside of the small structure, on the section directly overlooking the water. She’d pulled off her large-brimmed, straw hat and drawn her feet up onto the seat. Already lost in her book, her expression was dreamy and contented. Without the burden of her usual cares, she appeared a young, innocent girl, barely past the age of coming out.  Anthony’s chest tightened with an unexpected and surprisingly strong emotion.

He stopped, pondering the curious sensation. It was something new, a sense of possessiveness he’d never felt before. Linnet was a capable young woman with a great deal of sense, but when she thought no one was looking—and rarely did anyone try to look past the façade she’d erected around herself—she displayed a sweet, almost wistful vulnerability that always brought Anthony’s protective instincts charging to the surface.

Because he always protected his own. It had been expected of him from an early age, and was an indelible part of who he was. But never had he wanted to protect and cherish anyone as much as he did Linnet. Anthony wanted to give her everything, and he would see to it that she got it—whether she thought she wanted it or not.

When he took a deep breath, dragging the heavily scented air into his lungs, the fragrance of roses almost made him dizzy. Or perhaps that effect was from Linnet, and the fact that she was almost within his grasp.

He let the gravel crunch underneath his booted feet as he stepped onto the path. Linnet jerked, and her gaze shot up from the book. Her lips parted on a short intake of breath, and her creamy complexion, already delicately flushed from the heat, took on a rosier hue. For long seconds, they stared at each other, and then her full mouth curved into a tremulous smile.

“Sir Anthony, you startled me. I didn’t expect to see anyone down by the lake. Not in this heat.” Then her eyes widened as she realized what she’d just given away.

He gave her an easy smile as he mounted the steps, ignoring the amusing little betrayal.

She marked her place in the book with careful precision and set it aside. Only then did she notice how she sat—like a schoolgirl, with her feet tucked under her skirts. Anthony had to bite back another smile when he saw she’d slipped out of her shoes, discarding them under the bench.

He stood over her, reading the struggle on her face as she tried to decide what to do. Remain seated with her feet hidden under her floral-printed skirts? Sit up straight, like a proper young lady? That would expose her stocking-clad feet to his gaze. But to lounge so casually on the bench in the presence of a man . . . she would surely find that unacceptable as well.

Anthony took the decision out of her hands, crouching down to retrieve her pale, low-heeled slippers. She stared at him, clearly too shocked to move. But when he reached under the edges of her skirts to find her feet, she practically fell off the bench.

About Jacki Delecki

Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.

Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write the romantic, regency The Code Breaker Series. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge.

Jacki has set her Grayce Walters Mystery Series in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery.

Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire and Women Under Fire.

Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, were her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in each series.

A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies--a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.

Look for more heart-pounding adventure, intrigue, and romance in A Code of the Heart—A Regency Novella, next in the Code Breaker Series, to be released on Valentine’s Day, 2015.

To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website: http:// www.jackidelecki.com. Follow her on FB—Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

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Review: A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki

Posted December 18, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 7 Comments

Review:  A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki
A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday, Novella, Suspense
Published by Smashwords on November 10th 2014
Format: eARC
Pages: 166
Source: Author, Tour Host

Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
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Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.

Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.

Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.

Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady's heart?

Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?


Reviewed by Sherri:

Why I Choose this Book:  The absolutely gorgeous cover, along with the holiday theme, is what attracted me to this read.

Short and Sweet Summary:  Childhood friends that have deeper feelings for each other, team up to prevent an assassination attempt at a Christmas party in Regency England.

The Characters:  Ash and Gwyneth are each strong willed and have ideas on how their courtship should progress.  As they become embroiled in the assassination plot to kill the Prince Regent, their romance begins to blossom and Ash’s protectiveness to Gwyneth is sweet to read.  Gwyneth is headstrong at times but the gal knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto; sometimes a bit too much for her own good.  Together they make a believable couple.

What I Liked:  Plots involving friends that turn into lovers are always a draw for me.  A Christmas Code also being a holiday read was perfect to get me into the Christmas spirit. It had enough of the holiday without being too sweet and the intrigue involved with solving the assassination attempt was a nice touch.

What I Didn’t Like:  There could have been a “bit” more romance but other than that I didn’t have any major issues with the story.

The Recap: A Christmas Code is a fun and sweet read with a touch of intrigue thrown in. It is not a steamy read, but the sweetness fits the story and works perfectly.