Title: A Code of the Heart The Code Breaker Series, book 3
Author: Jacki Delecki
Genre: Regency Romance
Story Setting: 1802, London
Published by: Jacki Delecki; 1 edition
Published Date: February 18, 2015
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 5 hours, 47 minutes
Published by: Doe Bay Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2015
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Publisher’s Summary: Miss Amelia Bonnington has been in love with her childhood hero since she was 11 years old. Or so she thought until a not-so-proper impassioned and unyielding kiss from the not-so-honorable and equally disreputable Lord Derrick Brinsley gave her reason to question the feelings of the heart.
Lord Brinsley, shunned from society for running off with his brother’s fiancée, hasn’t cared about or questioned his lack of acceptance until meeting the beguiling Amelia Bonnington. One passionate moment with the fiery Miss Bonnington has him more than willing to play by society’s rules to possess the breathtaking red-haired woman.
Amelia unwittingly becomes embroiled in espionage when she stumbles upon a smuggling ring in the modiste shop of her good friend. To prove her French friend’s innocence, she dangerously jumps into the fray, jeopardizing more than her life.
On undercover assignment to prevent the French from stealing the Royal Navy’s deadly weapon, Derrick must fight to protect British secrets from falling into the hands of foreign agents and the chance at love with the only woman capable of redeeming him.
©2015 Jacki Delecki (P)2015 Jacki Delecki
My Thoughts: Here’s a Regency love story full of intrigue and suspense – quite the exhilarating experience.
Amelia Bonnington was a woman known for her talent in gown design and art. She was busy designing her best friend’s wedding gown. Who would have thought a couple of dolls with designer dresses from France would drop her directly into a smuggling ring and danger? Madame Dupree had let her have the dolls to take to Gywneth, but dogs and children don’t mix well with dolls.
Once involved she and Gwyneth want to gather information and are determined to work on their own. Gwyneth wants to show her fiance, Ash, who is a spy, how clever she is and just perhaps he’ll allow her to partner with him on other spy missions. A bad decision, ladies.
Lord Brinsley was trying to get back in the graces of the ton, for the simple reason he had kissed Amelia Bonnington rather passionately, or rather she had kissed him at a ball recently. No matter, he only knew he wanted more and he had to position himself in the ton as was his rightful place. If he pursued Amelia, he needed to provide her every consideration from the fickle ton, not an easy task. Who better to help him than his aunt who knew everyone, in addition to being quite a force of nature when on a mission?
While Amelia was visiting this woman on her covert information gathering, Derrick was already there discussing his own issues. The room lights up, energy moves through the room when Amelia enters. Immediately, his aunt knows which way the wind blows.
Amelia had always thought she’d marry Michael Harcourt. She had idolized him as a child. And word around the ton was she would marry him eventually. But since that stolen kiss from Lord Brinsley she just couldn’t concentrate on Michael. Derrick was a force much like his aunt and had been working as a spy, too. That’s how he met Amelia. Something sizzled between them, something drew her to Derrick, not Michael. His kiss…it stole her senses.
Surprise meets surprise in this lively suspenseful and engaging story. Amelia learns a big lesson. Not all people befriend you for honorable reasons, unfortunately, it could mean her life.
The narrator was easy to listen to with great storytelling abilities. Her characterization of male voices was excellent and a delight to listen to with her portrayal of two rambunctious youngsters. Some scenes were quite desperate in tone and I could easily identify with the characters and their plight. Her accent, being English herself, was perfect and well modulated.
About the Author: Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with suspense, 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 Regency 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 thrilling romantic suspense. 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. Next in the series, Men Under Fire.. Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, were her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write dogs as main characters alongside her strong heroines. 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 Jacki’s Code Breakers Series. A Code of Love is the first book in the series. A Christmas Code–A Regency Novella, and A Code of the Heart are now available at all retail sites. To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about contests and giveaways join her newsletter found on her website: http://www.jackidelecki.com. Follow her on Facebook–Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.
About the Narrator: (taken from Pearl Hewitt’s website pearlhewitt.com) Pearl Hewitt is a British voice actor who has been living and working in Houston, Texas since 2001. At the grand old age of 40, Pearl gave up her elementary teaching job to enjoy being a housewife but during that time her then 12 year old son said something to her that literally changed her life. He asked her to read the next chapter of his Harry Potter book. He’d been listening to Jim Dale’s wonderful narration of the audiobook but decided he had been missing his ‘mam’ reading to him. He sat listening, wide-eyed and mesmerized as Pearl brought the chapter and familiar characters to life. When she finished, he turned to her, literally cupped her face in his hands and said, very earnestly, “Mam, I think you should do this for a job. I think you’re really good at it!”. Dinggggg!!!..Light-bulb moment….. and a sudden realization that he could be onto something. She was ready to pursue something new. A career as an ‘audiobook narrator’ sounded like a perfect fit.
The light-bulb lit up in 2007 and it’s been a momentous, educational journey ever since. After attending numerous workshops with various coaches, including Bettye Zoller, Susan Berkley and Jim Conlan the consensus of opinion from everyone is that Pearl’s son was right. Yes, she should be doing this for a job!! The positive feedback along with the acknowledgement that she’s got what it takes to be successful was the validation she needed to move forward. She also learned that audiobooks are just one aspect of the industry and this Pearl realized the whole world of voiceovers was her oyster! Pearl has since developed a successful, full-time career as voice actor/narrator and has experience in all genres of voiceovers and narration, ranging from voicemail to videogame characters and everything in-between.The learning never stops though and she continues with voiceover educational pursuits to keep up with the ever-changing aspects of the industry and advances in technology.This calls for constant reading, participation in online training webinars as well as attending workshops and conferences with plenty of networking opportunities. Pearl has learned from too many people to mention but notable influences have been, Pat Fraley, Dan Lenard, George Whittam, Paul Ruben,Bettye Zoller, Susan Berkley and Jim Conlan.But the list will continue to grow…………..