After years as a soldier and mercenary, Rasheed has retired from battle to run the bathhouse in Thebes with his friends Gillen and Eudocia. The simple life suits them, so when Venetian strangers come to town looking to hire the renowned crew, their answer is no. But when one of his friends is abducted, Rasheed is left with no choice but to take up his weapons and join forces with the Venetians, including the beautiful and clever Cecilia, whose betrothed has also been seized by the unknown foe.
As the reluctant allies face ambushes and the looming threat of capture, Rasheed and Cecilia forge a surprising connection. But as the party races to rescue their friends, Rasheed discovers that nothing is as it seems. As his trust in Cecilia begins to waver, he realizes that in the end, they will both be forced to make a choice between love and duty.
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Of Daggers and Deception is the second book in a series following Of Sword and Shadow by A.L. Sowards. I loved the first book and I loved this second book just as much. I enjoy romance books, but I also love to mix it up, and this book does just that. It is full of action, warfare, strategy, deception, and of course there’s some love in there too. I’ve always found the Mediterranean area and culture fascinating, and this book includes so much interesting history. While there’s a lot of action and fighting in this book, the characters themselves soften the feeling of the book and make it a page turner. The romance between Rasheed end Cecelia is a roller coaster of surprises and circumstances that are far from predictable. I loved Rasheed’s loyalty, fearlessness, faith and how he treated his brother and friends. I loved moments he shared his thoughts about God with his brother, who didn’t understand his conversation to Christianity. Cecilia is a very interesting character as more and more of her past and her role in political affairs becomes more clear. I can’t help but like her and cheer for her, while at the same time being a little weary about trusting her with Rasheed’s heart. The growth of Rasheed’s relationship with Cecilia was so fun to read about. Their forced proximity situation was unique and kind of funny at times. I highly recommend this book if you like a good adventure!