An innocent woman. A loyal agent to the Crown. A path of deception that tests the bonds of love.
After three years trapped in an abusive and loveless marriage, Lyra Coventry has been arrested for the murder of her husband, the Earl of Weston. Although she's innocent of the crime, she has no one to turn to for help, until Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright, comes forward to offer his aid. The handsome duke takes her into his custody, saving her from a jail cell. But Lyra doesn't suspect Alister's ulterior motive—to prove her guilty of treason—as she slowly loses her heart to a man who is far more than he seems...
Alister Ayles leads a secret life. To the ton, he is a dullard, the subject of ridicule. But as a highly respected agent for the Crown, he's discovered a higher purpose by protecting his country. Now he's faced with his toughest investigation to date, uncovering a plot against the Crown...and discovering whether or not Lyra, the woman he let slip through his fingers years ago, is a traitor. Nothing is as it seems, and as the plot unravels, the dangers to them increase. He struggles to keep his feelings for her contained, but when it comes down to a test of loyalty, will he stand strong, or fall prey to his desires?
Prepare to be pulled into this amazing story from the first line as Lyra Coventry, Lady Weston, was led out of her townhome in irons and taken to the Tower of London to be locked in a cell. Wow that really hooked me right there! She was accused of murdering her husband, the Earl of Weston. Not that he did not deserve it, oh no, I would have done it myself if I had been her friend! He had treated her terribly, but Lyra was innocent but had nowhere to turn. Enter Alister Ayles, the Duke of Albright who has her released until her trial and takes her home.
Alister was not what he appeared (although I have to say his likeness on the cover is scrumptous!). Society saw him one way, but he hides his work with the Crown and is on a mission to find a traitor. Could he think Lyra was that person or that she and her deceased husband had worked together? These two had met years ago so they had a small past, but it seems Alistar had greatly admired her, but then she had married Weston!
Tabetha Waite is such a talented author with her wonderful narrative and descriptions that bring the story to life. Her words flow so smoothly that you can hear the characters talking and feel their emotions. Full of intrigue, subterfuge, suspense and everything you want in a historical romance! I love the mystery intertwined and it was done expertly!! Don't miss this story or the other two in this series. Although it can be read as a standalone, you really will want to read them all!!
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