Love, Lies, and Treasonous Spies
by Anne Shaw
GENRE: Regency romance
Follow the gentlemen of the Tenet Club—an elusive group of noblemen that investigates crimes committed by the nobility—on a rousing journey of romance, suspense, and a guaranteed happily ever-after.
Sir Jack Sterling is on the trail of a treasonous spy. He follows a lead to a masquerade, where a moonlight garden—plus an inebriated heiress—equals trouble to more than his investigation.
Miss Rachel Farnsworth has vowed never to wed, preferring her freedom to an oppressive marriage. While at a masquerade, she steals a kiss from a masked stranger that awakes something deep inside her — a thrilling desire for genuine passion.
Sir Jack has no room in his volatile life for romance, yet he can’t stop thinking about Rachel. The spy threatens her life, and he is forced to take her into his confidence.
Following a trail of deception and lies, the pair struggle against the desire growing between them.
Rachel followed Jack from the barn into the darkened night. Rain hung heavy in the air and the tinny scent of lightning boded ill for their journey back to the house. “We had best hurry,” she said.
A gust of air whipped the cloak away from Rachel’s skirts and she corralled the garment in her hand before heavy drops of rain pelted her head.
“Time to run,” Jack said. They cleared the bridge when a streak of lightning preceded the boom of thunder. Rain soon followed. Jack veered towards the nearest enclosure, the folly.
She raised her skirt and trotted across the grass after him. The delicate soles of her slippers sank into the dampening earth and she lagged behind Jack, cursing the footwear with every swear word she’d heard her brother utter. He must have heard her mutterings for he slowed and a huge grin creased his cheeks. She snapped her jaw shut, cutting off the flow of words and let out a squeal of surprise when he scooped her up into his arms.
There was no time to protest his actions, so she wrapped her arms around his neck and held tight. Her girlhood fantasy had just come to life at his gallant gesture, but the reality was much more intriguing than her imagination. There was only one thing missing; his undying love. She pushed aside the unwelcome thought. Love and passion were two separate entities. And while she loved him, she was not in love with him. Or was she?
A historical mystery with a romance, too? I’m in. What really intrigued me about this book is that Ms. Shaw really dug into her characters, Jack and Rachel. As you know, I hate reading a historical book that is more than half about the ton, etc. Ms. Shaw uses the mystery surrounding Jack and Rachel and runs with it. The twists and turns are there. Ms. Shaw ups the chemistry between them and she’s not shy about the smexy times either.
I really enjoyed getting to know Jack and Rachel. Rachel isn’t your typical heroine. She has a brain, is beautiful, and doesn’t follow the norms of society. Gumption is what she has, and I loved it about her. Jack sees her like that and doesn’t know what to do with that. He has a mystery to solve and knows that he needs to protect Rachel at the same time. With plenty of passion and danger, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Rachel and Jack are what I love about historical couples. Unconventional but endearing. Not everyone can be snobby and follow the rules. That’s my greatest takeaway from the book. Nothing is what it seems, but it is. We need more Rachel and Jack in the historical genre. Congrats to Ms. Shaw for writing them. Oh, and the mystery is top-notch, too. Just saying…
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Anne Shaw is the author of both contemporary and historical romances. She lives in western Washington with her four-legged friend Larry, a quirky cat who stares at her for hours on end while she loses herself in a world where a sexy hero, and bold heroine face unsurmountable odds to reach the ultimate goal, a happily-ever-after. If you like rom-dramedies, then visit www.Anne-Shaw.com.
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