“Irish rebellion, smuggled guns, and the assassination of American president James Garfield form a lively backdrop for this sweet, sexy, and smartly told Victorian romance.”
An innocent mistake at a diplomatic gathering leads British agent and reputed Irish rogue, Michael Rafferty, to mistake Lady Arianne Chambers as a traitor’s mistress instead of the acknowledged matchmaker, “Cupid’s Mistress.” She accuses him of being common and disrespectful, striking at his pride and accidentally re-injuring his lip in a highly public insult. He takes solace that they will never meet again…until they do at the Home Office. Lady Arianne has been asked to “polish” Rafferty’s rough edges so he may masquerade as a British diplomat in the newly emerging Washington D.C. legation while solving a murder.
Anxious to leave London before her brothers learn of her fall from grace, Lady Arianne Chambers, sister of a duke and well-versed in diplomatic etiquette, agrees to teach proper manners to an agent as they travel by steamer across the Atlantic. Of course, that was before she learned the British agent was that uncouth Irish rogue. But she needs a quick escape from scandal and this trip will accomplish that goal. She’ll be protected from her brothers’ wrath, but will she need protection from the passionate man hidden beneath a tough Irish exterior
Irish rebellion, smuggled guns, and the assassination of American president James Garfield form a lively backdrop for this sweet, sexy, and smartly told Victorian romance. Lady Arianne Chambers is called "Cupid's Mistress" for her matchmaking prowess, but when Michael Rafferty hears the nickname, he assumes its origin lies in more salacious arenas. Such a rocky beginning doesn't lead to smooth sailing, particularly when the pair wind up on a diplomatic mission to America, with Arianne posing as Rafferty's wife to further his position as the head British representative stationed in Washington, D.C. Arianne's self-doubts, caused by familial circumstances and her past history with men, are balanced by her strength of will, while Rafferty is charming and manly. Readers will hope for an equally enticing sequel starring Rafferty's companion, stage magician Phineas Connor.