Before I go into too much detail regarding my review of this novel, I want to state firmly that I rated this book based solely on the historical-fiction aspects. The reason for this statement is because the romance in this book is almost entirely nonexistent in the actual story. Normally I would downgrade a novel for lacking romance but this story was just too irresistible for me to do so.
I very much favor Barnes's writing flow as it had a dark adventure tone to it that was completely unexpected. Add in the fact that a villain lurked throughout the pages and I was hooked. I think a true scoundrel is something that modern-day authors lack in their writings, until now.
Rarely would I suggest that a book be turned into a movie, or even a television show, but this story had such vibe that I would have liked to see it become a reality for such an audience. Both James and Chloe were very worthy characters that worked well together to solve the mystery journal. They were so compatible with brief hints of romance that were easy to uncover.
Now, for the flaw of the story, of course. I mentioned it earlier as it is the romance. If you are a reader that craves deep chemistry and an empowering love story then this book is not going to be for you. As for me, I can either take deep romance tone as I mentioned above or I can read something a little lighter such as this book. I think the main thing is that the author wove together a story that was unique and filled with so much spice that I rarely missed the romance.
I would certainly suggest reading this book if nothing more than to experience an adventure that is sure to please.
An unexpected passion ignites as secrets are exposed in Sophie Barnes's captivating Regency-set romance
Despite the diversions offered at Thorncliff Manor, former spy James, the Earl of Woodford, has one purpose in staying there. He must find an encoded book that exposes a conspiracy within the British aristocracy. And he must do so without revealing his purpose to the clever, tempting Chloe Heartly. The lady has a knack for appearing wherever it is least convenient. In the library. In the salon. And, especially, in his arms . . .
Somewhere within Thorncliff's labyrinth of rooms lies the journal Chloe desperately seeks. When she realizes the brooding, handsome earl is hunting the same quarry, Chloe enters into an uneasy partnership. But in the face of public danger and enemies hiding in plain sight, both must decide how much they're willing to risk to solve the mysteries of the heart.