The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

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Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams of true love reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.
Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone.
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Donna Hatch is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series.” She discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. A sought-after workshop presenter, she juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, her six children (seven, counting her husband), and still makes time to write. Yes, writing IS an obsession. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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I received a free copy of The Suspect’s Daughter by Loving the Book in exchange for an honest review. I have never read anything by this author, but I honestly really enjoyed this story in its entirety. The story begins with a woman named Jocelyn. She discovers that someone has broken into her father’s study and then this man threatens her against informing anyone of his whereabouts. Thinking that she may be a servant, the man dashes away leaving Jocelyn frantic—right before hosting a big event in her father’s favor. Upon uncovering a ploy to murder the prime minister, Grant Amesbury breaks into the suspect’s study in hopes of finding some evidence to back up the claim, only to discover that he is not alone but a woman has found him. After his escape, he heads back to his Bow Street office to reconsider his plan—little does he know that the plan basically falls into his lap, drunkenly disheveled and in need of assistance getting home…the one and only home that leads him back to Jocelyn. Will she suspect that he is the man that threatened her life? More importantly, with such serious political accusations arising—will Grant be able to stop the murder or is it just rumors to end someone’s political success once and for all.
My favorite characters are Grant and Jocelyn, the two main characters. Both characters have personalities that are wonderfully intriguing, yet frustrating at times as well. Jocelyn is the beautiful, curvy, kind and strong lady of the house. She is not like other women of that status who only care about their appearance and selfish behavior. Jocelyn has dedicated herself to her father’s political career. By hosting events, she has more to her than Grant’s original assumption. Grant is closed-off, strong, handsome, scarred and completely lonely. With his stand-offish demeanor, he was quite frustrating at times. I loved reading about both characters as the investigation progressed. My least favorite character was a passing memory of the woman who made Grant the way he has accustomed himself to be.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story! I can’t wait to read the others in her Rogue Hearts Series. This book is so exciting and I just couldn’t get enough of these characters. The author does a superb job with character development and the pace was fast-paced which is wonderful. The only downfall that made me reconsider my rating of this book is the grammatical and spelling errors. There were more than I would like to have seen. In my opinion, the target audience for this story would be adults who enjoy historical romance with a hint of mystery. This book can be read as a standalone and I would definitely recommend it to others. I rate The Suspect’s Daughter with four stars since it was highly enjoyable. The content is original and the plot is very creative. I look forward to going back and reading the first three installments in this series.

Snippets

Fairley’s daughter smiled at Grant as if she appreciated his dryness. But there was something more, something soft and almost tender in her expression, as if she suspected he carried painful secrets and she sought for a way to ease his burden. Which was ridiculous. Most gently bred females were either conniving and merciless or silly and vain. This girl simply hid her evil better than others of her gender. She might be innocent of her father’s schemes, but no woman was innocent of being a…woman.
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Mr. Amesbury ate silently, alert as a watchdog but offering very little comment. He moved his hands beautifully as if performing some kind of dance as he ate and lifted his glass to drink, each motion a study in seamless grace. His posture remained utterly still as if he were encased in a bubble and any sudden movement might pop it, yet poised to leap to his feet if necessary. Years of war must have made wariness a part of life.
Jocelyn tried to imagine the kind of danger he must have endured, but all the stories she’d heard were likely transparent echoes of the true horrors brave Englishmen faced. The thought tugged at her heart, urging her to offer him comfort, a gesture he would, no doubt, soundly reject.

 


 

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