Adam Drummond is posing as the majordomo for Suzanne, the Duchess of Marsley, in order to prove her late husband was a traitor. Along the way, he and the duchess begin to discover their feelings for each other.
So, this one is a tough one. I didn’t hate it and actually found most of it to be entertaining. However, I’m not sure I can call it much of a romance due to the overall mood through much of the book.
There were a first slow spots, but for the most part this was an interesting read. That was because of the mystery involved more than the actual romance, though. I just found it hard to root for two people that were just so unhappy throughout a big chunk of the book. There weren’t really very many romantic scenes and I’m still not very sure what Adam and Suzanne liked about each other.
I liked both Adam and Suzanne but not so much because they had great personalities as because they weren’t big jerks or something like that. I understand Suzanne’s grief ruled her life for a long time but we heard more about her past personality rather than getting to see that personality come back. I really couldn’t tell you anything about Adam beyond the fact that he was Scottish and a spy. We heard about his past but again, not much personality there.
My favorite part of the book and the thing that kept me reading more than anything was the big mystery. I found it very interesting and enjoyed every new clue we were given about whether Suzanne’s husband was a traitor or not.
This wasn’t my favorite title, but I like Ms. Ranney’s books for the most part and will read the next title in the series.
From New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney comes the first book in a royally romantic and deeply emotional new series about taking risks and allowing the power to love satisfy the questions of the heart . . .
Undercover as a majordomo, spy Adam Drummond has infiltrated Marsley House with one purpose only—to plunder its mysteries and gather proof that the late Duke of Marsley was an unforgivable traitor to his country. At the same time, Adam is drawn to a more beguiling puzzle: the young and still-grieving duchess—a beauty with impenetrable secrets of her own. For Drummond, uncovering them without exposing his masquerade will require the most challenging and tender moves of his career.
That a servant can arouse such passion in her is too shocking for Suzanne Whitcomb, Duchess of Marsley, to consider. Yet nothing quickens her pulse like Drummond’s touch. It’s been two years since the duke lost his life in a tragic accident—and even longer since she’s been treated like a woman. But when Drummond’s real mission is revealed, and the truth behind Suzanne’s grief comes to light, every secret conspired to tear them apart is nothing compared to the love that can hold them together.