A new to me author on the blog today, Elizabeth Squire is here with a Napoleonic Era spy story. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of two $10 Amazon Gift Cards. But first,
Closer to Sin
A bit slow to start as the background information is brought to light for the reader, the story soon moves into a well-paced and engaging romp, clever and twisty with plenty of moments to appreciate.
Napoleon has taken over the rule of France, and all indications lean toward his attention being set on Britain, and it is up to our characters to ferret out the real story to forestall if not entirely derail the rumored plans. Liliane has been summoned to France by her cousins, to aid in the continuation of her grandfather’s legacy. Unbeknownst to Liliane, her cousin Solange is a spy for Britain, and she has been promised to aid in a mission with Sinclair Charlcroft, a British Naval officer.
Far from throwing up her hands and shirking, Liliane uses her not inconsiderable intelligence combined with her beauty to discover just who is leaking information to the other side. The acceptance (and near omnipresent attraction) that Sin shows Liliane is refreshing, and their relationship develops naturally, even with the overriding emotional highs and lows caused by adrenaline and tension during their hunt. Intriguing for the new perspectives on setting and society from the French perspective of the day, Squire brings an engaging story to readers.
Notably, for a debut offering, this story has few glaring issues: a bit slow to start as the backgrounds are presented, the care and attention paid to those details flowed well when considering the character development and actions. There were no huge gaps in the characters, and their relationship did develop nicely with a solid ‘getting to know you’ sense of time passing as they worked out the two puzzles in front of them: who they are trying to discover sharing secrets and just what the person they are working with is really like. A solid story that is sure to please historic romance fans.
Title: Closer To Sin
Author: Elizabeth Squire
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Escape, Harlequin
Published on: 15 April, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Elizabeth Squire brings a fresh voice to historical romance in this tale of intrigue and passion.
Liliane Desailly travels to Napoleonic France after receiving a plea for help from her French cousin. She learns she is the key to fulfilling her grandfather’s legacy, but to do so she must masquerade as a spy and courier secrets on behalf of the British Admiralty.
Sinclair Charlcroft is the British Admiralty’s last hope. Napoleon’s Grande Armée is poised to invade Britain, an English spy is missing and a traitor has infiltrated the Admiralty’s intelligence network.
Pursued by Napoleon’s agents, Liliane and Sinclair cannot reveal their true identities until they unlock the secrets of the legacy — and only then can they unlock the secrets in their hearts.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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