Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Published date:  January 7, 2014

ISBN-10:  0425269523

ISBN-13:  978-0425269527

Genre: Historical Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)

After he is betrayed by one of his own, British spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, refuses to retire without a fight, vowing to find the traitor. But when the trail leads to his childhood home, Julian is forced to return to a place he swore he’d never see again, and meet a woman who may be his quarry—in more ways than one.

Though she may appear a poor young woman dependent on charity, Grace Hannah’s private life is far more interesting. By night, she finds friendship and freedom as a member of a smuggling ring. But when the handsome Julian arrives, she finds her facade slipping, and she is soon compromised, as well as intrigued.

As she and Julian continue the hunt, Grace finds herself falling in love with the man behind the spy. Yet Julian’s past holds a dark secret. And when he must make a choice between love and espionage, that secret may tear them apart.

My Thoughts

The perfect combination of espionage, secrets, chemistry and action! If you’re looking for a new author, then look no further because Alyssa Alexander’s debut novel has it all!  As soon as I finished reading this one, I searched her page to find out when the next in the series is set to come out!

When Julian Travers sets off to his estate in Beer, it certainly wasn’t with the intention of finding a wife.  All Julian wanted to do was find the traitor who was forcing him into retirement so he could continue with the job he loved.  But his only connection with this traitor is the beautiful, alluring, Miss Grace Hannah, and the more he gets to know her, the harder it is to focus on his assignment and finish this mission.  Julian knows he’s not husband material.  After all, he’s a Travers, but when he and Grace get caught in a compromising situation, he does the only thing he knows to do and offers for her hand.  But Grace has secrets.  She’s a smuggler.  And she’s the ruined poor relation of a heartless uncle.  Thrust into a marriage, Julian and Grace must learn to trust each other in order to catch the traitor and save their marriage.  But how exactly does a smuggler and a spy for the British Army bridge the gap between two?  And is Julian willing to let old secrets destroy the love his new wife has for him?

If you’re looking for an amazing female character who has wit, courage, compassion and a strong backbone, then you’ve definitely found her in Grace Hannah!  Even though life has handed her a large basket of lemons, she’s making lemonade.  Grace helps out around her uncle’s house, tends to the locals medical needs, and is the leader of the local smuggling ring.  This girl is awesome!  Julian’s character is exceptionally written as well.  He’s your typical spy– driven, protecting, loyal, and completely untrusting.  These two make for a great love story.  Toss in the smuggling and unknown traitor and you’re turning page after page trying to figure out who it is!  The story line is awesome, the characters are well developed (even the supporting ones), and the setting is so well described you can picture yourself there!  Well Done Alyssa Alexander!  I can’t wait to read more!

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed by AprilP

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