Ordinary Mistress was a pleasant and romantic read that I enjoyed for the most part. I do think there was room for added romance that DeHart chose not to include. I would have liked to have seen more of the romance added into the novella.
I felt at times that the actual plot of the story overshadowed the romance. What I did like was the chemistry exchanged between Remington and Emma. It was present from the beginning and it was actually believable to myself as reader.
Remington Hawthrone, Earl of Latham, has protected the crown throughout much of his existence in the world. After he is assigned to play the role as lover to one of the few female spies in England, he soon finds that he is unable to forget the breathtaking beauty that is Emma Masterson. By the time the assignment ends Remington will risk much more than his heart in falling for Emma.
Emma knows that the last thing that she needs is to be reunited with the one man that can make her want to change her mind and forget her duties. But Emma has to be able to prove that she is as capable of being a spy like her fellow male colleagues and like Remington there is much at stake for her.
Each kiss and embrace that is meant to be for show drives Emma and Remington closer. Soon they will both have to decide if true love is worth the risk of their survival.
I think this novella will appeal to romance readers that are looking for a shorter read. I can't help but to think this story would have been greater had it been written into an actual novel. I would have liked to seen more from this story, but overall I am satisfied with this novella and I plan to reread it in the future.
London, 1814 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...