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2016 Rainbow Awards: The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue (150-06-15-2016)

1) What a wonderful story this was to read. I wish I'd read the first book, though, to get Will's and Beau's story as it started. William is to be married to a woman chosen by his father. In a moment of panic, he runs away with no money and modest clothes his footman has gathered for him since he didn't want to look like the rich man he was. He goes to work for a Lord who is a drunk, laudanum addict, and foul mouth. The Lord, Alex, is also injured and the servants at his home don't give a damn, thus the cuts on his legs becoming infected. Will takes care of the man, not listening when Alex yells at him to get out of his home. Eventually, Alex acknowledges Will's presence and allows him to care for him. Of course, their attraction grows deeper, stronger. Will suspects Alex is being robbed by his bookkeeper and won't give up until he finds the truth and expose those involved. Very engaging story, keeping me flipping the ePages and feeling sorry when it was over.

2) A truly engaging historical romance. I was drawn into the story from the first page. The writing flowed and the pacing was perfect. A very enjoyable read.

3) This book captured me from the beginning and I could not tear myself away from it. The conflicts are universal and timeless, but at the same time, the attention to details of the time are amazing. I could see Alex and Will and feel their pain. A great novel.

The Innocent Betrayal by Victoria Sue
Gay Historical
Publisher: Victoria Sue (June 20, 2016)
Amazon Kindle: The Innocent Betrayal

London 1811
Can love withstand the ultimate betrayal?
William was running. Running from his father, running from his arranged marriage, and running from himself. He’d never wanted to manage his father’s vast empire. He would have been quite happy to find some small corner of England and read and paint. He knew it would be too much to ask for the company of a man to go with that. Too dangerous. His only hope for escape is to hide who and what he is and pretend to be a servant.
Alex was barely surviving after the fight with Napoleon’s armies. Riddled with guilt, he buried the knowledge of his wife’s death, and his crippled body, at the bottom of whatever brandy bottle he could find.
Two broken souls. One so damaged he thinks he doesn’t deserve love, and one so convinced he would never find it he has stopped looking.
Danger, lies, and espionage. The fate of hundreds of English soldier’s lives depending on them to trust each other, to work together.
Alex is forced to make a choice, unable to swallow his pride and rejects Will and their chance of happiness. Will is heartbroken, and Alex is destroyed. Will Alex realize his mistake in time? Can he learn to trust Will, but more importantly himself, and would Will ever forgive him if he did? And finally, would love ever survive a betrayal – even if it is an innocent one?

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