"I am in awe of her talent."— Julia Quinn
In the fifth installment of USA Today bestselling author Julie Anne Long’s charming Palace of Rogues series, a rakish spy finds more than he bargained for in his pursuit of an earl’s enchanting runaway fiancée.
The mission: Find the Earl of Brundage’s runaway fiancée in exchange for a fortune. Child’s play for legendary British former spymaster, Christian Hawkes. The catch? Hawkes knows in his bones that Brundage is the traitor to England who landed him in a brutal French prison. Hawkes is destitute, the earl is desperate, and a bargain is struck.
Fleeing a savagely shattered dream, the sheltered Lady Aurelie Capet finds refuge in an alias and the warmth and kindness of the Grand Palace on the Thames—until a gorgeous, mysterious disturbance to her peace literally topples through the door.
An unexpected, fierce desire that feels destined, dangerous—and devastatingly sweet—ignites between the sheltered beauty and the jaded spy, and as they slowly unravel each other's shocking secrets Hawkes closes in on the truth about the earl. Soon it’s clear they can have no future without vanquishing the past: Hawkes knows that loving her means avenging her. Aurelie knows that loving Hawkes means freeing him to do that, no matter the cost.
Long brings the goods in her fifth Palace of Rogues Regency romance (after After Dark with the Duke). Newly released from a French prison, British spy Christian Hawkes is hired by the Earl of Brundage to find Brundage's runaway fianc e, Lady Aurelie Capet, a Frenchwoman whose family were killed during the French Revolution. Hawkes agrees he needs the money but he suspects Brundage of treason and intends to simultaneously investigate any connection between the earl and his own arrest. Hawkes's search for Aurelie takes him to the Grand Palace on the Thames, an upscale London boardinghouse with a host of colorful residents. After being stabbed on the way there, Hawkes collapses in the foyer of the Grand Palace, where he is mistaken for vicar Mr. Bellingham, who was expected. Aurelie, herself disguised as one Mrs. Mary Gallagher, helps care for him while he recovers. As the pair fall in love, Hawkes must choose between completing his mission or following his heart. Long enhances her complex narrative loaded with wit, mystery, and sizzling romance with attention to historical detail and the emotional depths of her characters. This may be the author's best yet. Agent: Steve Axelrod, Axelrod Agency.
I've said it before, I want to stay at The Grand Palace on the Thames!! I can't get enough of the characters, plot twists, and swearing that happen in Julie Anne Long's The Palace of Rogues series, especially this newest release.
If you enjoy lost fiancee, a spymaster, treason, fake identity, ghost-talk/paranormal, sick bed, group activities, Dot and Delacorte, shirtless or pant-less men to name a few, you'll enjoy this book too!
You Were Made to Be Mine
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
While this is a part of a series and some of the prior couples make multiple appearances, you don't have to read them to fully understand and enjoy this delightful tale.
I loved the dual POV format. Seeing into a character's thoughts and know what they are feeling and thinking, really help me to better connect and understand them.
Both main protagonists are ones that just perfect for each other. I felt a connection to them. I was cheering them on with each page that I turned. Reading how the author just threw the worst at them and how they rose above it all kept me glued to my e-reader long into the night.
There were some very funny scenes here as well as the tense, angsty ones. I especially loved the one with Lord Bolt and Captain Hardy come upon the scene when Hawke made his appearance at their wives' business. Swoon-worthy as well!!!!
This is a sexy read that was very well written. I definitely would recommend this to anyone over the age of 18.
Another Awesome Read From Ms Long
This whole series has been fantastic. Can’t wait for the next installment!