Today I am pleased to present a new historic romantic suspense, set in the pre-Napoleonic, Georgian era in England. Please don’t forget to check the other stops on this tour, and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you can win your own digital copy of A Code of Love and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Set in 1802, the peaceful time between England and France, and just before the ascension of Napoleon, Jacki Delecki has penned a wonderfully rich Georgian-era historical romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue to please the most discerning of readers.
Lady Henrietta is a wonderfully intelligent character, and even more intriguing, with her family’s work for the Home Office Intelligence division; she was allowed to use her skills in deciphering the coded messages sent in wartime. While she has acceded to the norms for society: debutante ball, stringent behavioral expectations, she has been the family stalwart in caring for her mother until her death. Marriage is now expected, and while she understands the expectation, she wants a man who will recognize and respect her work for the home office, if not join forces with her to aid in the protection of the home country.
Cord, Earl of Rathbone, is newly ascended and deeply guilty over his position. His elder brother’s death gave this second son the title, and this reformed rake is determined to protect his family and serve his country with his skill at code deciphering. Familiar with Henrietta, her exuberant and self-assured approach to life intrigues him, especially as she displays zero interest in him as a man.
These two are delightful foils for one another; their bantering is brilliantly conceived and quite amusing as early on only the reader understands they are both working for the same side. Additionally, Henrietta only knows Cord’s past behaviors and reputation, and is unaware of the efforts he has put forth since inheriting the title. Now Cord is determined to protect those in his family and circle, and his admiration and attraction to Henrietta place her firmly in his sights.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to see a woman use her intelligence, and to finally be accepted for her skills and use, even though it was a hard revelation for Cord. I will say that once the two started to trust in one another, and Cord was able to see Henrietta’s sense and skill, and appreciate the daring with which she would tackle every task their connection deepened and enriched the story as their romance was a given and not a maybe.
With plenty of secondary characters to add to the suspense, insertions of historical detail to set the scene and solidify the world-building, this story kept me engaged and involved wondering just what would be happening next. Readers of historical fiction who appreciate a strong female protagonist, accurate historic insertions, romance and a good story will enjoy this read.
Title: A Code of Love
Author: Jacki Delecki
Genre: Historical Romance, Suspense
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author via Tour Company
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A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.