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Welcome to the Phoenix Club, where London’s most audacious, disreputable, and intriguing ladies and gentlemen find scandal, redemption, and second chances.
Jessamine Goodfellow has spent six Seasons avoiding the parson’s trap, and spinsterhood is finally within her grasp. A brilliant scholar, she longs for adventure and new experiences, things her family frowns upon. Presented with the opportunity to use her puzzle-solving talent on a secret mission for the Foreign Office, Jess eagerly accepts. Even when it means posing as the wife of a scorchingly attractive Scotsman who she must also covertly investigate as a possible double agent.
Lord Dougal MacNair, the new Viscount Fallin, has always completed his assignments for the Foreign Office alone. Now he’s saddled with an overly enthusiastic amateur partner. She possesses a remarkable intellect, but something about her isn’t quite right, and after two failed missions, Dougal is certain someone is working against him. Battling their secret suspicions, Dougal and Jess dive deep into their cover as a married couple, which arouses temptations they find irresistible. Danger is all around them, but it’s their hearts that may be the most imperiled.
Dougal & Jessamine
***1/2 stars- Dougal MacNair is now Viscount Fallin due to his brother’s death. His brother Alistair was suppose to be his father’s heir. Dougal was the one who had chosen to risk his life with the foreign office. He never wanted to be the heir of the Earl of Sterling. Dougal has returned from Scotland and is back in London for his final mission. He also needs to find out who sabotaged his last two missions.
Miss Jessamine Goodfellow has had six seasons. She does not want to get married. She is looking forward to being a spinster. If only her parents would give up on her finding a husband. She is an excellent cryptographer. She is recruited for her expertise in deciphering coded messages.
Dougal and Jessamine must pretend to be married for this mission. They are to go to Dorset and befriend Gilbert and Mary Chesmore. They have to determine if the couple are French spies. Dougal is not happy about having a partner. He has never needed one in the past. Jessamine is very excited to be on her first mission. Jessamine has also been tasked to figure out if Dougal is working against England. After two failed missions the foreign office wonders if he deliberately sabotaged his missions.
Dougal and Jessamine have instant chemistry. They both fight their attraction to each other. Gradually they lose the battle. They are a likeable couple. Gil and Mary are a joy! They are hilarious at times. Gil and Mary are quite entertaining. This is the sixth book in the Phoenix Club series. The story flows but has a few slow moments. This is my least favorite in the series but overall it is a good book. I especially enjoyed seeing Lucien again. I relish series where you get to see characters from earlier books. I look forward to the next book in this series. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
This was my least favorite book of this series. Jess and Dougal were not very engaging. I skipped through most of it.
Another good read!
Yes it’s a series, but each book can be read as a standalone. Although the cast of characters are in each book, which is like a reunion if one reads the previous books. This time we get to know Dougal story and learn he is a spy for the Foreign Office. Jessamine, who is trying to convince her parents at 25 years old she is on the shelf, a spinster! Was approached by the FO for her skill at ciphering, she was needed to decode a letter and help to discover if the couple in question were French spies. The only hiccup was she needed to pretend to be married to Dougal and worse was she was to see if he is loyal to the Crown.
The story touches several interesting topics and will have you turning pages quickly. A little heat and of course the HEA. Thank you NetGalley for this eARC. I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story. #NetGalley #Irresistible