The de Valery Code
Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors--if it's worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?
Academic Rhys Bowen can't believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain's leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father's shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience...and the captivating woman he's sworn to help.
“Losing her parents had taught her that it was safer to keep her emotions buried in order to protect against the inevitable pain and loss. Like everything in life, this was temporary and nothing she did would change that.”
The de Valery Code had everything you could ask of for in a historical romance. I liked the fact that there was treasure hunting and code breaking. It was a refreshing change from the regular reads. Throw in a bit of danger to the mix and I’m one satisfied gal.
However, it was the heroine in the novel, Margery, that had me a little peeved. At times I wanted to shake her and I couldn’t get over her attitude. She has the mentality that if she showed her emotions she would get hurt. The death of her parents made her put her guard up. Living with her aunts who also had some bad luck with love, taught her to not ever get into that situation. She has trust issues and that aspect comes out when she strikes a partnership with Rhys. It takes her a really long time to finally let love in and I feel that there really wasn’t too much chemistry between them.
So why five stars? Because Margery felt like a real person. She stuck to her guns and it wasn’t too easy to sway her. I liked her independence and her gumption. Rhys was necessary for her to break the barrier and she was happier for it. So, this was a good read and I feel if any of the characters make you feel like you want to shake them, then I think the author has done a good job in developing their personalities. I definitely want to continue reading on in this series.