Acceptable Lies by C.M. Corett ~ Book Review by JJ

Acceptable-LiesTitle: Acceptable Lies

Author: C.M. Corett

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/03/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Historical


William’s task is clear: catch the blackmailer. William Richmond is an earl, a father, a country gentleman… and a former spy. Catching the blackmailer should be simple, but when William finds a beautiful, injured young man on the beach, unfamiliar desires surge. He is determined to focus on the task and resist temptation—resist Daniel, or his carefully constructed illusions will crumble, exposing his lies to the world… and himself.

Daniel’s question is simple: Should he trust William? Daniel has secrets: his identity, his past, how and why he washed up on the shore… and more. With revelations of espionage, blackmail, and the arrival of William’s colleagues, the danger of exposure grows. Daniel’s instincts tell him that William is a decent man, a man of honor, but his instincts have been wrong before. As the attraction grows, so does Daniel’s desire to confess, but if he’s wrong, he risks everything—his secrets, his freedom, and his heart.

My View:

Blackmail, a mysterious young man washed on a beach, secrets and lies… Well, yes, Acceptable Lies does have all this, however be warned, it’s not a mystery as such. It’s very much a romance.

William is a widower, with a young son whom he adores. William leads a rather solitary life, content with his son’s company and continually annoyed with his mother’s attempts at matchmaking. He comes across as a sad, definitely repressed character. Even though he has an exciting history as a spy no less, the William the reader meets seems withdrawn, just going through the motions of life, except where his son is concerned.

When William and his son find a mysterious young man unconscious and injured on the beach, and William helps to nurse him back to health, William has to admit to certain…feelings. It’s not a safe time in history to have such feelings for another man, and William tries to keep those urges at bay.

Daniel finds himself safely ensconced in William’s household and care, but Daniel has good reason to keep his name and past to himself.

I had expected more of a mystery, perhaps more angst and difficulties for the pair, but what I got was a light, easy romantic read with likeable characters.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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