ARC Review: City of Lies by Victoria Thompson

Posted November 22, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: City of Lies by Victoria Thompson
City of Lies
by Victoria Thompson

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: November 7th 2017
Series: Counterfeit Lady #1
Published by Berkley
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
 

“…it was a tale full of suspense, tension, historical events all with a dash of romance. ”
~ Under the Covers

Elizabeth Miles is just like any other woman trying to get by in 1920s New York…only she does it with clever cons. Only her most recent ploy seems to have gone massively astray and forces her to hide amongst some conveniently located Suffragettes. She never expected to come to admire the ladies she has been stranded with and she definitely didn’t expect to find the one honest man in the whole of New York. However, Elizabeth must pull a massive con on the people she has come to greatly respect and form real friendships with, if she doesn’t her life will be forfeit.

I picked this one up, despite not having read this author before, as I loved the idea of a grifter heroine, especially set in the 1920s New York. It all sounded very intriguing and I love a book with an unconventional heroine at the centre. I am immensely pleased that I decided to pick it up, it was a tale full of suspense, tension, historical events all with a dash of romance.

What stood out for me the most in City of Lies was the setting. Thompson has woven into the story true historical events of the women’s suffragist movement, all with added liberties. Aside from being fascinating in of itself, it also added an air of authenticity to the setting that Thompson had created. It also added some tension, you know that the situations were very real and very dangerous, the suffragists suffered and some died for their cause, and despite Lizzie – at first- only sticking with the women to escape, her persecutors didn’t know that.

If you like historical tales full of tension and intrigue, as well as a bit of romance, then you need to pick this up. It was both entertaining, fun and I enjoyed Thompson’s inclusion of suffragists. This tale concluded very satisfactorily and I am unsure if it’s part of a series or not, if it is I will gladly pick up the next book.
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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Love this cover!! Great review Suzanne!! Shared on all my socials!!

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Sounds really good, thanks for the review.

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Timitra

Sounds good, thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

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Love this cover!! Great review Suzanne!! Shared on all my socials!!

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I don’t like this time period, but that is an awesome cover!

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Sounds really good, thanks for the review.

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Sounds good, thanks for sharing your thoughts Suzanne

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I don’t like this time period, but that is an awesome cover!

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Thanks for the review. Victoria Thompson’ Gaslight series is fantastic so I’m really looking forward to this one now.

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Paige

Thanks for the review. Victoria Thompson’ Gaslight series is fantastic so I’m really looking forward to this one now.