Take My Heart by Marie Higgins
Mercedes Maxwell’s sister’s last wish was for Mercedes to find evidence against Kat’s husband, William Braxton, and have him hung as a traitor to the crown. Mercedes isn’t naïve when it comes to capturing traitors, because her own deceased husband had once been an agent for the King when they lived in England.
When she meets William Braxton for the first time, all is not as it seems. Portraying her twin, Mercedes knows this is the only way to get close enough to William to discover his secrets. What she finds along the way are little surprises she hadn’t counted on, especially when she begins to give her heart to a man who may be a spy against the crown.
My heart has just let out a little sigh of happiness. I just finished reading Take My Heart and it was everything sweet and romantic. I pretty much polished it off in a day and then wished I hadn't read through it so fast so I could have made it last just a little bit longer.
I love the setting just prior to the American Revolution. William is a part of setting things in motion for the revolution. He has a vision of a better life for his children but that vision marks him as a traitor to the crown. You can't help but love William's devotion to his children and his ideals for freedom. The poor guy is so confused over Mercedes that your heart just breaks for him.
Mercedes is kindhearted and gentle. I think she represents the phrase "actions speak louder than words" very well. I loved watching William and Mercedes come together. It was full of yummy.
The only little tiny thing that bothered me was the repeated use of pet names at the very end. What? I can't help it. It started going overboard. Who actually says "My Love" like that? If you said it out loud you would see what I mean. But, I realize that I'm a total crazy woman when it comes to using repeated pet names like that. It's my own pet peeve and nothing else.
The ending was (in spite of what I just said) very sigh worthy and happy. It brought in a little suspense and intrigue. Order me up one dish of William, please.
Overall, a very good clean romance. Which I love. :) Marie Higgins is a clean romance writer to watch. I'll be reading more from her for sure.
Author Marie Higgins
Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, Stacey, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first skit, which won an award for Funniest Skit. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as Funniest and Best Written. From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly)
Marie has been married for twenty-six years to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, where she has lived her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.
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