Release date: May 19, 2014
Publisher: Season Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
The Duke of Wittaker has been living a lie...
He’s been spying on the dissolute, discontented noblemen of the ton, pretending to share their views. Now he’s ready to step out of the shadows and start living a real life...but when the prime minister of England is assassinated, he's asked to go back to being the rake-hell duke everyone believes he still is to find out more.
Miss Phoebe Hillier has been living a lie, too...
All her life she's played by society's rules, hiding her fierce intelligence and love of life behind a docile and decorous mask. All it's gotten her is jilted by her betrothed, a man she thought a fool, though a harmless one. But when she discovers her former fiancé was involved in the plot against the prime minister, and that he's been murdered, she realizes he wasn't so harmless after all.
And now the killers have set their sights on her...
The only man who can help her is the Duke of Wittaker--a man she knows she shouldn't trust. And she soon realizes he's hiding behind a mask as careful as her own. As the clock ticks down to the assassin's trial, the pair scramble to uncover the real conspiracy behind the prime minister's death. And as the pressure and the danger mounts, Phoebe and Wittaker shed their disguises, layer by layer, to discover something more precious than either imagined–something that could last forever. Unless the conspirators desperate to hide their tracks get to them first.
My Rating: 4 Roses
Phoebe was a lovely heroine. After following Society's rules for her whole life and still receiving its censure when he betrothed leaves her, she decided that she'd had enough. And, that it was time to follow her own rules. I really liked her. She was a strong character, one who took on everything that her ex-fiance's troubles brought on to her, whether it was the nasty rumors or the thugs sent to kill her. She was a great character.
Wittaker was also amazing. He spent years cultivating a terrible reputation to obtain secrets and, after so much time, he was heartily sick of it and ready to move on. Until an assassination changes things. He was a great character. He was clever and a formidable opponent. And, he was also sweet and rather adorable. I thought he was wonderful.
The romance was light, with the book being focused on finding out who the conspirator's were. But, it was still very sweet. Phoebe and Wittaker were great together. They were a sweet couple and a formidable duo when they worked together.
The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The mystery of who was behind the assassination kept me hooked. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.