I loved the depth of emotion in Adele Ashworth’s WINTER GARDEN. Both heroine and hero were flawed human beings with secrets and complicated motives. This made for a love story with many evocative layers. In fact, their passionate relationship is so complicated that the suspense of the novel lays not so much in the espionage plot as in the question of how these two compelling characters will find a way to overcome their mutual fears and secrets in order to allow their love to thrive. If you enjoy historical romance with deep emotion and a sensual, complicated romance, you will love every moment of WINTER GARDEN.
When beautiful Anglo-French spy Madeline DuMais is assigned to investigate an opium smuggling ring in small English village, she must work with fellow British spy Thomas Blackwood. Blackwood has earned a reputation in the tiny village as a recluse, and Madeline is unnerved by his mysteries and the intense effect he has on her emotions. Their attraction is instant and impossible to ignore. The question is whether their complicated pasts, former hurts, and long held secrets are more powerful than their desire for each other.
A celebrated beauty, Madeleine DuMais's cleverness is her greatest asset—one she puts to good use as a spy for the British. Assigned to help break up a smuggling ring in the south of England, she arrives at the quaint resort town of Winter Garden and meets her partner in subterfuge: Thomas Blackwood.
Unlike any man she has ever met, Blackwood's quiet confidence and mysterious intensity send shivers of pleasure coursing through her. And, despite the danger, as duty gives way to desire, Madeleine aches for Thomas's gentle touch on her body . . . on her heart . . . on her soul.
For surrender holds its own sweet reward . . .