- ISBN-13: 9781496707444
- ISBN-10: 1496707443
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.55 pounds
Series: Loyal League #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Opening a series set in the Civil War era, Cole (Mixed Signals) hits all the right notes in this smartly written espionage romance brimming with vivid characterization, heartfelt dialogue, and sensual sweetness. Ellen Elle Burns, a sassy freedwoman, and Malcolm McCall, a charming immigrant from Scotland, are both spies committed to using their skills to defeat the Confederacy. Their collaboration is complicated by the sizzling chemistry between them. Elle has given up her freedom to pose as a mute slave in an influential Confederate household, as her photographic memory lets her retain confidential information after just a glance. In the same household, Malcolm claims to be a Confederate soldier, hoping to endear himself to Confederate officials. Their closeness leads to genuine mutual understanding of their private selves and a satisfying intimate relationship. But Elle knows the perils of an interracial romance, and she struggles to trust a man who lies so glibly. Despite their ability to work seamlessly together and their growing belief in a shared future, a risky plan to secure vital information goes awry, threatening the success of the missionand their lives. Coles sparkling gem of a romance portrays love at its most practical and sublime; she writes with lyricism, intelligence, and historical accuracy. This fascinating novel is a most welcome addition to the historical romance genre. (Apr.)
Romance: Love in full bloom
In the second installment of Hope Ramsay’s Chapel of Love series, A Small-Town Bride, Amy Lyndon’s father kicks her out and cuts up her credit cards when she refuses her family-approved groom. Trying to stand on her own feet for the first time, Amy gets a job on the landscape crew at a local Virginia resort. Nobody expects much from her, including her boss, Dusty McNeil, aka the “Casanova of Shenandoah Falls.” But Amy finds pleasure in her work, in standing up to her family and in a flirtation with Dusty. Entrenched bachelor Dusty can’t help but admire Amy’s attitude and work ethic, but he knows the high-society girl is above his touch—until she isn’t. Still, he tries to keep the relationship casual, aware he’s not marriage material and that her extended and interfering family would never approve of a forever for the two of them. Yet some desires cannot be denied, and the best of intentions evaporate in this fun, charming frolic of a story.
A DUKE OF HER OWN
Determined to fulfill her father’s bequest, an heiress confronts a recalcitrant duke in Karen Ranney’s Victorian-era romance, The English Duke, the second novel in the Duke series. Following the death of her father, a brilliant inventor, Martha York travels to the home of Jordan Hamilton, the new Duke of Roth and her father’s protégé, to deliver her father’s notes and the prototype of his torpedo ship. But Jordan’s pride dictates that he develop such a device on his own. Still, he finds Martha beautiful in body and mind, and when he reluctantly asks for her advice, he’s even more impressed. But there is more than one snake in their garden. While the pair is falling in love, schemers work to change the course of their future. They must put a stop to these maneuvers and place their happiness first in order to win the game of love.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
An extraordinary romance is found within the pages of Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union, as well as unforgettable insight into the struggles and pain of the Civil War era. Elle Burns, a former slave with an eidetic memory, uses this trait as a spy for the Loyal League, a society determined to destroy the Confederacy. Installed as a slave in the household of a Virginia senator in the course of her undercover work, she meets Rebel soldier Malcolm McCall, who is actually a Pinkerton detective tasked with funneling information to the newly established Secret Service. Though their interests are aligned and trading secrets will help them both, Elle is wary of the Scotsman turned American. Malcolm, though, is instantly attracted to Elle’s intelligence, bravery and beauty. As they work together, facing danger after danger, she begins to trust him, and they both fall in love. Will they survive to help their cause and find happiness together? The historically accurate language, attitudes and risks add tension and conflict to this very special story.