originally posted on ramblingsfromthischick.blogpsot.com
*ARC received from publisher for an honest opinion
Loved, loved, loved this story. I cannot believe it is a debut novel. I
was engaged with the story from the beginning and could not put it
down! The opening scene is fantastic, Julian Travers, Earl of Langford,
also known as “The Wandering Earl” is a British spy, however, he has
been discovered, more importantly betrayed. Because of this betrayal he
can no longer work in the Continent as a spy and is of no use to the
British court. Julian is not willing to “retire” just yet. Through
very clever undercover work he is able to obtain the name of some that
can help him find the traitor-Grace Hannah.
Grace Hannah is a poor relative-servant- physician-smuggler. She is a
fantastic character. She is strong and very in control of her
surroundings. Grace lives with her uncle but is constantly looked down
upon because she is “ruined.” She was left by her ex-fiancé at the
altar. Her uncle takes her in but basically treats her like a servant.
Grace is visiting Julian’s home instructing his servants on the proper
combination of spices to make a perfect meal. When Grace meets Julian
she is instantly leery of him. Although she has no idea he is a spy and
that she is the purpose he is back from wandering the continent she is
use to survival and knows that he will present a problem.
Grace and Julian have great chemistry and even though they are fun and
interesting characters the intrigue behind finding the traitor is the
best part! The author masterfully crafts a story where there is
intrigue, romance and adventure. Grace and Julian are perfectly matched
even though at first they both understand that their lifestyles would
never suit. I personally loved watching Grace and Julian trying to
figure out who betrayed his identity. I was so surprised by who the real
traitor was and never suspected of this character! Looking back the
author left excellent clues.
The author also introduces another spy, “Angel”. I cannot wait to read
his story. He is just as interesting as Julian and it was very exciting
to have him involved in this investigation. Ms. Alexander presents an
excellent cast of characters, from the ex-fiancé to the reformed
Smuggler-Jack, to the mean Uncle Thaddeus. I would recommend and
re-read this story!