Release Date: Feb 26, 2019
Series: The Royal League
Heat Level: Sensual
Daniel Cumberland is born a free man. He lives a privilege life until he is tricked and sold into slavery. His experience made him harden to those around him. He is offered an entry into the Loyal League and begins his work to help his people.
Janeta is a double agent working to try to free her father. She enlists in the Loyal League and is paired up with Daniel. He is brash, stoic and doesn’t seem enthusiastic to be paired up with her. She grew up a privileged life in Cuba and then Miami. Working alongside Daniel, Janeta sees blacks in a whole new way. It leads her to question what she was told.
The first half of this book is heavy. Janeta’s mother was a former slave. She married her owner and had Janeta. Her entire life Janeta believed she was better than other black children on the plantation because her mother sheltered her. Yes, her skin was brown but she was separated from the others.
It is clear that her mother did her a disservice by telling her lies. Janeta realizes her mother tried to keep her from being tossed out into the fields or servitude like the other slaves. Her father and mother’s relationship was not as she had thought. Once she opens her eyes, she realizes her new fight is to help others.
I wish the romance was a bit more integrated in the story. It is so minor that I almost didn’t believe it at all. I would just label this more of a historical fiction novel than a historical fiction romance. Despite this, Ms. Cole still crafts an engaging tale and is one of the few authors that writes a really good African American historical romance. I’m still going strong with this series.