The author of The Millionaire Rogue returns to her dazzling series about a bygone era filled with romance, espionage, and one dangerously seductive diamond…
Mr. Henry Lake spent the past twelve years uncovering the most scandalous secrets of Europe’s wealthy and powerful, serving as one of His Majesty’s most decorated spies. But when a mission to find the legendary French Blue diamond brings him back to London, and face to face with a beautiful noblewoman he once loved, it’s his own hidden passions that are uncovered…
Lady Caroline, dowager Duchess of Berry, knows better than to lose her head over a man. After an embarrassing romantic entanglement forced her into a loveless marriage and early widowhood, she learned to never trust in desire, especially when it comes to the man who once broke her heart. Only, despite her good sense, she finds Henry impossible to resist—even when he once again places her in deathly danger…
Oh the feel of historical romance! It makes me want to take tea and dress in, well, never mind actually, their clothes sound uncomfortable. But the speech, the setting, the rules of society all lead us as readers into such a world beyond our own that we are truly able to escape in a way that contemporary romance just cannot provide.
Henry and Caroline are an amazing couple that have been through (and go through) so much you just cannot help but fall hopelessly in love with them. Their connection is as true and strong as it was 12 years ago, but will that be enough? I’m not telling.
The supporting characters were incredible. They provide so much color, as a reader you are not only drawn in, but you want to know more about them and the consequences of their actions. Pain, loyalty, betrayal, love; all of the facets that make for an amazing tale are provided by every character.
What I will tell you is that the twists and turns throughout the book keep you on your toes and while you may think that you know what is going to happen, you don’t. Just accept it and go along for a lovely carriage ride (if by lovely you take that to mean filled with suspense, acrobats, possible death, and thieves) through the English countryside.
I give The Undercover Scoundrel 4 cups and recommend it for your next historical read 🙂
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.
A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.