My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t normally read historicals (I may have mentioned this before?), but the espionage angle to this book interested me enough to download it.
Emily is pregnant and unmarried, and therefore ruined (Ruined! I tell you!). Angus has been in love with her from day one, but hasn’t got a lot of prospects. He marries her to ‘save’ her. She resents him. So far, so routine. What sets this book apart is the background and the detailed spy plot that runs through it. By the time you get to the climax of the story you’re all in knots with agents, double agents and intrigue. It keeps you reading, just so you can find out what happens – which is a great thing in a book.
The characters are well rounded and develop through the book. Emily is irritating as hell, but realistically so. You can see where her attitude comes from, so you don’t feel the urge to slap her (much). Angus is a bit of a love. [He reminded me of Sparhawk, the scarred but wonderful hero from the David Eddings books. Anyone who reminds me of Sparhawk is always a Good Thing!]. He’s honest and brave and extremely practical. I really enjoyed reading about him.
All in all, it’s a great read. If you like your heroes to have a capable pair of hands, you could do worse than Angus.