Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he’s assigned to play the part of lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can’t forget, he’ll have to risk his heart as well as his life.
It isn’t easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion.
Pretending to be his mistress isn’t difficult—remembering that it is all a charade is a challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong…
I was super excited when I saw this historical romance novella by Robyn Dehart. I’ve read some of her other books, and I can tell you that this one is definitely not her best work.
Emily Masterson is a spy on a personal and professional mission. Emily is not about to depend on any male to take care of her, and she is out to prove that female agents can be just as proficient as male agents in a covert agency dedicated to uncovering secrets. Remy Hawthorne knows that his interaction with Emily is dangerous. He wants to protect her and feelings that he thought buried come to the surface when he is around her.
I loved the story idea, but the devil is in the details. I thought Emily would be a daring spy with an independent spirit. However, her character went above and beyond normal to the point where I wanted to slap her. She was so fixated on being independent that she made very foolish choices and just seemed silly. She was rigid, and I kept wondering what Remy saw in her. I liked Remy a lot more than I liked Emily. He dealt with her hysteria and hypersensitive feelings while making sure the job was done.
The book was mercifully brief. I will continue to read full length novels by Robyn. I think the novella length is just too short for her to properly develop characters.