The Earl's Secret Bargain by Ruth Ann Nordin was a nice read. There was a bit of drama in Toby and Regina's story. Not a lot of action The Earl's Secret Bargain is well written with lovable characters and a bit of sizzle toward the end. This book is part of the Marriage By Deceit series, but can be read as a stand alone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
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I love Therese Woodson’s stories – she was one of my first introductions to the joy of the Merlin/Arthur fan fiction world – and because of that, I’m always pretty happy to see a new one coming from her. This short story (less than 20k) is a follow-up to Clockwork Horizon that was released back in April 2014.
This story opened a few months after Mac decided to join Ian for a new adventure aboard the Mockingbird airship. It felt so wonderful to them. Since it was only few months, Mac and Ian were pretty much still in their ‘honeymoon’ phase and I found them adorably lovey-dovey. Until Ian came down with a life-threatening illness and Mac must bargain with a pirate captain to ensure Ian receives treatment.
I was really fond of Mac before, but this time, I loved him even more. I thought Mac truly had grown up … he was no longer just the shy young man who filled his days with working and only lived his fantasy through dreams and dime novels. No siree! This Mac grew a spine! The way that he challenged Captain Bette of the Mockingbird to get Ian to the nearest airport so Ian could be treated, to the way that he dealt with the pirate captain and traded his own freedom, Mac just showed me what a strong young man he was.
The ending made me go all “awwww” because it was just sweet and lovely. Sure this was rather short, but the end experience that I had was just as satisfying as if I was reading a longer one. I hope there will be more adventures of Mac and Ian in the future.