A CHRISTMAS CODE
Publisher: Doe Bay Publishing
Published Date: November 10, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Received for an honest review
Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.
Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.
Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady’s heart? Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?
A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki is the second book in her Code Breakers series and can be read as a standalone without any issues. Ash is a British agent, working to foil the assassination plot against the Prince Regent at a Christmas house party. His love, Gwyneth just happens to think she would make a good spy herself and tries to assist. Amid the plotting and intrigue, declarations are made, new romances blossom. Gwyneth and Ash aren’t the most subtle of spies but they get the job done.
Though they grew up together and Ash loves Gwyneth, he is a spy and can’t easily reconcile his love with the fact that any relationship would put her in danger. Gwyneth just wants Ash to hurry up and propose already. Christmas is a magic time of year so maybe she’ll get her wish. Ash has an assassination plot to uncover and a love to keep safe, not only from his work but from other gentlemen who might propose before he can. Neither expect the hijinks and danger of the house party.
As they work through the clues and work through their love, will this Christmas be merry for Ash and Gwyneth? The star seems to point the way to yes.
This book has a very sweet romance and the holiday timing adds to that. At times, the dialogue between Ash and Gwyneth feels stilted and sometimes it feels over the top, especially for the time frame. Ash is a little hard to believe as a top spy because he doesn’t seem very good at it. Despite these issues, the story is a fun read.
Heat Rating: Mild
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves
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