THE COUNTERFEIT MISTRESS by Madeline Hunter

THE COUNTERFEIT MISTRESS

KIRKUS REVIEW

As a French emigré, Marielle Lyon is playing a dangerous game; her compatriots aren’t completely convinced she’s who she claims to be, while the English are convinced she’s a spy.

Trying to decipher the enigmatic female leads Viscount Kendale to some sexy encounters and some surprising truths, as well as the terrifying prospect of losing his well-guarded heart. Marielle knows she’s under constant surveillance, but being smart, beautiful and cunning has generally kept her safe, even from the handsome nobleman Viscount Kendale. Certain that she is easily able to evade his scrutiny when necessary, she is both disillusioned and grateful when he shows up at a rendezvous to catch her red-handed but winds up saving her life. Then, when he tries to keep her under his watch while she heals so he can get to the bottom of her mysterious activities, she eludes him through some very sultry invitations and a well-tied scarf. Entranced, impressed and annoyed, Kendale makes it his personal mission to track her down and learn her secrets, but the more he hunts her to ground, the more he realizes her secrets are personal and have, in fact, put her in grave danger. Unconcerned for her own safety, the brave girl is determined to save her father, imprisoned in France, which is impossible, since the countries are at war. Somehow, though, Marielle takes steps to sneak across the Channel, and what choice does a gentleman have but to follow the woman he loves into a ridiculous rescue attempt, especially if he and his men might be the best possible hope for success? Madeline Hunter uses a popular Regency spy angle to intriguing effect, keeping readers—and Kendale—guessing as to Marielle’s true intentions, while creating a sizzling frame of sexual tension through Kendale and Marielle’s seductive dance of truth, daring and consequences. 

A smooth, sexy and sophisticated spy-themed Regency romance.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-515-15138-1
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Jove/Penguin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2013




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