-Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author
An independent lady is accidentally betrothed to a spy with a mysterious past in this Regency gem from beloved, award-winning author Kate Moore. A volume of tips for the marriage-minded brought them together, but their sweeping adventure will change all the rules of engagement. . .
When her desperate mother sends her The Husband Hunter's Guide to London, outspoken Emily Radstock rails against the slim book of manners, boldly declaring that she should wed the first "imbecile" she meets and be done with the matter. Too bad Sir Ajax Lynley overhears her outrageous proposal and holds her to it. But he's no dullard-he's a wily government agent who needs the cover of a beautiful fiancé to pursue a deadly enemy. To resist his charms, Emily turns to the guide she disdains-and does exactly the opposite. Dress fashionably? She enshrouds herself in black crepe. Be demure? She steps into danger and faces down criminals alongside her "intended" . . . whose thrilling seduction may be anything but a charade.
Praise for Kate Moore's previous novels
"Moore writes with a lyrical beauty that will leave no heart untouched." -RT Book Reviews
"Fans will hope for more of Moore's sinful delights to come." -Library Journal (starred review)
"Moore skillfully whets readers' appetites . . ." -Booklist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book. So different, so refreshing. This is an unusual regency romance. It does not fit the norm of most books I have read and I like that very much. The story is well written and the characters are well developed with unique personalities. I love the storyline of looking for spies, eavesdropping, causing commotions, distractions, giving chase and a fake engagement that turns into a real romance. There is lots of adventure, action and following clues. I like the fact that the lead female character, Emily, is no wilting wallflower. She is independent, outspoken, direct but knows the rules of society. She is a force to be reckoned with. The lead male character, Lynley, is tall, strong, handsome and hides a deep hurt from his youth. He is brave and signed up to be a spy thinking it a lark. But when he brings Emily into the picture, he starts to have feelings that he never wanted to have. At first, he treats Emily with caution but she proves she is his equal in all things. He begins to confide in her the details of the mission and they work together to solve the mystery. Not only is he brave, but he is intelligent, thoughtful, crafty and fun to be with. Ohh ... Emily thinks he is a great kisser. This book kept me intrigued and involved in the story. I was glued to each page. This is my first Kate Moore book and I am looking forward to her next one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and recommend it.
The Husband Hunter's Guide to London. What was her mother thinking? Evidently that Emily needed help to find a match but what she declared was to marry the first man she meets! Well if that did not backfire because she was at her friend Emily's house and Sir Ajax Lynley overhears her and offers himself up! Stunned he declares he should post the announcement and leaves. Ajax is a new recruit for a spy ring and he think's Emily will be his perfect cover. As his betrothed,he can can move in the circles of society to uncover the leak happening that could put England into war. Simple right? I mean he really will not marry her or get attached and will just figure a way out later. Of course she is set on making him break it off, but he tells her a little of what he is doing and that she can help him. But as plans go, it seemed too simple, oh yes, no place for attraction and it seems they are pulled to each other! Throw in some secrets, intrigue and hurtful gossip and the past and it is not a smooth road to their happy ending. Could they really have a future with such an auspicious beginning? Really enjoyed this story and the others in this series. Although is can be read as a standalone, you will want to read them all! I read this through NetGallery Lori D
Lighthearted Adventure. What I liked was the slow build of the romance, the spy action and Emily’s strong character. Though I was rather confused by some of the story particularly at the end - maybe another book in the series will explain how the villain came by the missing papers and why he didn’t leave earlier. What I disliked were the inconsistencies, like the heroine on 6 occasions being referred to as Miss Radstock (The daughters of dukes, marquesses and earls are NEVER Miss Surname but Lady, First Name, Surname). Also I couldn’t understand why an injured man would sleep on his friend’s sofa when the house would contain guest bedrooms. However, having said all that, I did enjoy the book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.