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Review ❤️ An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

February 27, 2019

an unconditional freedom alyssa cole

An assassination plot that could end the Civil War, and a hidden enemy that could destroy a secret league of unsung heroes …
Daniel Cumberland, born free in Massachusetts, studied law with dreams of helping his people—dreams that died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Daniel is rescued, but he’s a changed man. When he’s offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of Black spies who helped free him, he seizes the opportunity for vengeance against the Confederacy and those who support it.
When the Union Army occupies the Florida home of Cuban Janeta Sanchez, daughter of an enslaved woman and the plantation owner who married her, her family’s wealth does not protect her father from being imprisoned. Under duress and blaming herself for the arrest, Janeta agrees to infiltrate a group called the Loyal League as a double agent—and finds a cause truly worth the sacrifice.
Daniel is aggravated by the headstrong and much too observant new detective he’s paired with, and Janeta is intrigued by the broken but honorable man she is tasked with betraying. As they embark on a mission to intercept Jefferson Davis and thwart European meddling, their dual hidden agendas are threatened by the ghosts of their pasts and a growing affection that could strengthen both the Union and their souls—or lead to their downfall.  

Release Date: Feb 26, 2019
Series: The Royal League
Book: 3
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Kensington
Price: $9.99


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.

~ Samantha

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