When Miss Elizabeth Waterstone encounters the enigmatic Duke of Diable Delamere in the most shocking of circumstances, she is determined to exploit his rakish expertise to the fullest extent. The duke agrees to teach her everything she needs to know, but in return expects to receive her unwitting cooperation to uncover an assassination plot against the monarchy. But Elizabeth is hard to deceive, and the duke finds himself needing more than her innocent skills in his bed. Together they must use their remarkable abilities, to thwart a villain, save the Prince Regent and accidentally and inevitably fall in love.
Very steamy but also emotional. It was everything a historical romance should be. I especially like how Elizabeth didn’t make a stupid decision to endanger herself like so many heroines do in suspenseful HR.45
An okay read, though not without a few typos and some important oversights. The author almost always refers to Elizabeth wearing a “corset” when stays would have been worn at the time, and more often than not neglects to mention her shift/chemise. At other points she dresses in what I understand to be a modern night gown. Things like this break the immersion of what is presented to be a period piece, if not a lack of research. Elizabeth envies her mother and Mary’s “sylph-like fragility” which contrast with her “more robust frame” despite fashion plates illustrating that she would have been more in line with the beauty standards of the time. In regards to the plot, when sending coded messages the intended recipient usually has or knows the key. Codes need to be broken only when you don’t have access to the key i.e. because you’re a third party who intercepted the message. This undermines the overarching plot since it revolves around the Foresters/John, the intended recipient, facilitating the translation of his messages, courtesy of Elizabeth, through the duke’s home, after his original code breaker was killed. I also believe Elizabeth forgave Gervase too easily. I mean, all she did was keep her family affairs private, whereas he straight up accused her of treason...35
This was a surprisingly good book. I liked the storyline and it had good character development.55
It was a great book. can't wait to read the next one55
Couldn't put this book down!55
Great writing, good characters, interesting, but I think Gervase was too easily forgiven by Elizabeth. On to the next book and see what Jack is up to.55