Review – The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Anderson

the boleyn deceitThe Boleyn Deceit is the second book in the trilogy written by Laura Anderson.  It is an alternative history assuming Henry and Anne’s son, William, survived to become king.

This installment picks up right where The Boleyn King ended.  The four friends have tangled quite a web:  William is in love with Minuette and has promised to marry her.  Now, he doesn’t really ask her if she also loves him but assumes that she would want to be queen.  Dominic is also in love with Minuette and it turns out that she loves him back.  Elizabeth, William’s sister, is in love with a married man who may be a murderer.  Added to these romantic entanglements are a lot of political intrigue and power plays.  Almost everyone is trying to get ahead and is willing to set up their rivals to further their own prospects.

So, here’s the deal, I gave TBD 4/5 stars.  It’s a good book.  But…I think I got an ulcer reading this.

Minuette’s position is so tenuous.  She cares about William as they have been friends their entire lives.  However, she recognizes that he is the king and being turned down by a woman isn’t conceivable to him.  So she and Dominic have to wait out this infatuation so that they can try to have a relationship that they both desire.

Dominic has to watch William fawn over Minuette while keeping his own emotions in check.  He also learns that what the king wants, the king gets.  Friendship might not protect you from the Tower.

Elizabeth is a smart woman.  But, she does some really bone-headed things in this book.  I had a hard time believing a few of these decisions as I thought she was more savvy than that.

William is the king.  He does care for Minuette, Dominic and Elizabeth.  However, his “Henry-ness” and “Anne-ness” worry me.  I think he may have gotten the worst of both of them along with the best.  This could be a disastrous combination.

My biggest frustration was that there are so many secrets.  I know that it was probably that way (and still may be) but if they would have just TALKED TO each other and revealed what they knew, a lot of heartache (and probably a few lives) could’ve been saved.  Have a conversation people!  Whew, I feel better with that off my chest.

If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend this series.  Just keep a bottle of Tums nearby.
Thank you to the publisher for providing an E-ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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