Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for Diamonds and Deceit (At Somerton #2) by Laila Rasheed (Disney-Hyperion):
NOTE: Summary contains spoilers for book one of this series, Cinders & Sapphires.
London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross’s sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.
Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William’s expenditures. Her father’s heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys’ reputation.
Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him–for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.
The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.
Why I’m looking forward to this book:
While I didn’t love Cinders & Sapphires, I was intrigued enough by the multiple story lines that definitely want to check out the sequel. There is a LOT going on in this series – this summary gives a pretty good rundown of things – and I can’t wait to see what comes next for everyone involved. I am particularly intrigued by the story line involving Sebastian and Oliver, because GLBTQ plots are so rarely seen, particularly in historical tales. While I do think there’s such a thing as too much going on, I can’t help but be interested in all aspects of this series.
Release Date: January 7, 2014
What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!