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January 16 2014 @ 10:00 am
Shackles of Honor by Marcia Lynn McClure  
Title: Shackles of Honor
Author: Marcia Lynn McClure
Pages: 356
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Book Description:
Cassidy Shea’s life was nothing if not serene. Loving parents and a doting brother provided happiness and innocent hope in dreaming as life’s experience. Yes, life was blissful at her beloved home of Terrill.

Still, for all its beauty and tranquility…ever there was something intangible and evasive lurking in the shadows. And though Cassidy wasted little worry on it…still she sensed its existence, looming as a menacing fate bent on ruin.

And when one day a dark stranger appeared, Cassidy could no longer ignore the ominous whispers of the secrets surrounding her. Mason Carlisle, an angry, unpredictable man materialized…and seemingly with Cassidy's black fate at his heels.

Instantly Cassidy found herself thrust into a world completely unknown to her, wandering in a labyrinth of mystery and concealments. Serenity was vanquished…and with it, her dreams.

Or were all the secrets so guardedly kept from Cassidy...were they indeed the cloth, the very flax from which her dreams were spun? From which eternal bliss would be woven?

My Thoughts About the Book:
I think McClure gave us a story very reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice if Elizabeth was just a tiny bit like Lydia. Unlike P&P Shackles of Honor has a dark quality which stems from a mystery and a sinister presence.

I could barely put this book down the entire time I was reading it and found myself wanting to know more about the characters and wanting to re-read it just to meet them again.

Mason is a stubborn, proud man who immediately reminds me of the scowling and gruff Mr. Darcy only instead of refusing Elizabeth; Mason and Cassidy's marriage has been arranged since her birth. Mason comes to Cassidy's home intent upon doing his duty and is met with hostility.

Cassidy is the product of two people who truly love each other and is baffled as to why her parents would arrange her marriage rather than let her find love. Still is willing to do as her parents bid but soon after moving in with Mason's family, things start going horribly wrong.

Not only to Mason and Cassidy continually hurt one another emotionally, though any reader can tell it is one misunderstanding after another, but someone appears to be out to hurt Cassidy physically.

While the whole of the book doesn't have the thrilling aspect as the second half of the book, the relationships and situations are enough to keep you hooked!

I would definitely recommend this to any P&P fan and any Regency romance fan.