10 February 2011

Brenda Joyce's "Deadly Vows," the 9th installment in her "Deadly" series, sizzles with romance and intrique.

What happens with Francesca and Hart? Does Rick step back into the picture? How does Leigh Anne handle her condition? And what about Evan and Maggie or Sarah and Rourke? If you're not sure what I'm referring to, please pick up and begin reading Brenda Joyce's "Deadly" series. It is a fabulous blend of mystery and romance that sizzles.

Brenda Joyce's Deadly Vows picks up from Deadly Kisses on Francesca and Hart's wedding day and is the ninth installment in her "Deadly" series of Francesca Cahill novels. Each of these volumes is like a little treasure, to be unwrapped an savored (or maybe that's chocolate I'm thinking of). Either way it is pure enjoyment.

Deadly Vows moves this series into a new direction with some characters finding themselves and others lost and alone. 

In preparation for the release of Deadly Vows (HQN Books, 22 February 2011), I re-read the Joyce's "Deadly" series and then the "De Warenne" saga and then her "Bragg" series (hint some of these characters appear in multiple series). I'd recommend all of you do as well. Joyce is a fabulous writer who is able to convey character and emotion, while maintaining a roller coaster plot line in each of these novels.

One could say they are the perfect escapism as they take us out of our world and place us in one that is populated with good, evil, and many shades of gray - as well as romance that sizzles. 

But Deadly Vows somehow seems almost a culmination of all these series and strikes strongly at the heartstrings. Mid-way through I could feel my eyes tearing up and by the conclusion, the tears were flowing freely down my face. That's why Joyce is one of my favorite authors. She is able to tap into our emotions through her  beautiful prose and provide us with a beautiful and wonderful world. 

So, you still have a few days before the release of Deadly Vows to catch up and if you're like me you'll be reading non-stop as Joyce's writing is addictive. Remember her books are available in e-versions and you can download appropriate reader apps (mostly free) to your computer, iPhone, Blackberry, or other mobile device, in addition to your  Kindle  or Nook reader.  In addition, HQN has re-released the prior two novels - Deadly Kisses and Deadly Illusions. Get a headstart and order her books today (and pre-order Deadly Vows) from Amazon today.

Read an excerpt from Deadly Vows that Joyce has posted on her website. 

New York City, 1902
Something happened on the way to her wedding…
On the morning of her wedding to Calder Hart, amateur sleuth Francesca Cahill is lured away to a private viewing of a portrait that could destroy her entire family: the nude Hart commissioned of her. Her desperate quest to recover the scandalous portrait leads her into a dangerous trap with no way to escape—until it’s too late. And when Francesca finally arrives at the church, it’s vacant. She has unintentionally jilted Hart at the altar.
When Hart tells her their estrangement is for the best, Francesca is devastated. With a blackmailer intent on destroying her reputation, Francesca turns to Rick Bragg, the city’s powerful police commissioner. Together they scour the sordid streets of lower Manhattan, following a deliberately laid trail of clues in a race against the clock. And once it becomes clear that Bragg’s marriage is failing, Francesca must war with her feelings for him, battle Hart’s jealousy and escape a killer—all as she fights to win Hart back. But sometimes, passion just cannot be denied…