Pages: 400 pages
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Intro: I have started this year out with a Mary Balogh reading marathon. Not her newer stuff but her older regency romances. The ones with the heroes who test my patience. So, it was nice to take a break from that and read a new book and this one was the perfect choice.
Heroine: Evie-I completely fell in love with Evie from the beginning of the book. She was a quiet and shy girl but she definitely had some spunk. I loved watching her come into her own.
Hero: William-I liked him quite a bit. I felt a bit angry at him in solidarity with Evie but I did end up really enjoying his character. He was very kind and honorable and I was very happy that I was able to separate Evie’s feelings about him from my own because that would have made this read a bit difficult.
Chemistry: William and Evie have a bit of a difficult history together. Especially on Evie’s part. But that history only added to their chemistry. There was a bit of angst and a lot of banter—which I love. I did love watching William and Evie’s rediscovery of each other.
Conclusion: This series has not had one miss for me. I loved this one. Evie and William were the perfect mix of angst and sweetness. I did find myself wavering in interest a bit with the spy subplot. I was just so interested in Evie and Will’s story that I didn’t have much attention to spare.
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.