From the acclaimed author of Compromised comes a tale of love and war among the ton.
Phillippa Benning is the unrivaled beauty of the Season. But when another lady challenges her for a marquis's attentions, Phillippa entices him to a secret rendezvous only to stumble upon The Blue Raven, England's most famous spy, lurking at the site of her planned tryst.
The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot directed at upcoming society functions, but he's unable to infiltrate London society. Phillippa makes an offer: In exchange for entrée among the ton, he agrees to have his true identity revealed at the Benning Ball, guaranteeing her unrivaled notoriety. As the danger draws closer, the mysterious spy and Phillippa give in to mutual desire. But when the game turns deadly, betrayal waits around the corner, and Phillippa must decide once and for all, is it the myth that captured her heart, or the man?
©2009 Kate Noble (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I suppose this is romance, but there was no emotional draw for me.
I was bored, I wanted to quit, but I hoped it would get better. It did not. But some readers loved this. I wonder if reading the book would have made it better for me than listening to it?
Most of the book felt like meaningless chit chat, as if the author is describing a party. Phillippa attends parties, plans parties, gossips, flirts with Philip, then gets upset when someone else flirts with Philip. I wanted more character development. Friend Nora was a bore but she could have been made interesting. A romance develops but I didn’t feel anything. I was not drawn in emotionally.
Part of the plot was not supported with logic. Marcus was a British spy. Laurent was a French spy. The war is over. Marcus finds a paper which lists some society functions coming up. He believes Laurent will attend those and do bad things. His boss does not believe him. So Marcus alone attends those events to investigate. At the first event there are gun shots. At the second event Laurent does something bad, Marcus chases him, more gun shots, Marcus is shot. Three problems: 1. Marcus should carry a gun at these events. He has no weapon and has to flee from the shooter. What kind of spy goes after another spy without a weapon? 2. When Marcus is shot, he wants to keep it a secret which I did not understand. Everyone already knows about the big bad thing that happened. But Marcus won’t let anyone call a Doctor because he doesn’t want the guests to know he was shot? I did not understand. 3. Why didn’t Marcus take some gun carrying associates to help him?
Alison Larkin would be ok for another type of book, but she did not fit 21-year-old-party-girl Phillippa. The narrator sounds like an elderly lady.
Narrative mode: 3rd person.
Genre: regency romance.
I have purchased everything Kate Noble has written. She is witty and original. However, the narration was a fail for me; overly sweet and coy.
The characterizations are engaging and tender.
A different narrator.
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