You won’t find any wilting wallflowers in this fast-paced adventure! I love a book that is well-researched and historically believable even if an author does use artistic licence for the purpose of the story. Moonstone Conspiracy by Elizabeth Ellen Carter is an adventurous read that kept me glued to my pillows, awake all night while my own hero snored not-so-gently beside me.
It’s the French Revolution, a tumultuous time in history, one filled with double-crossing spies, rebels and women coming into their own underground. The heroine is no blushing virgin, instead she is a strong-willed, worldly-wise and much talked about villainess. (Yes, that is a word – noun (in a film, novel, or play) a female character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot i.e. “she’s portrayed as a glowering villainess, accompanied by ominous music as she enters” ~ Google) The hero is as dashing and devious as the blurb suggests, and the read delivers all the action it promises.
Full of great dialogue, loads of action and of course, sizzling romance – grab a pillow, put your feet up and prepare to be entertained.
This read was from my ever-growing ‘To Be Read’ list.
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Revolution in France, rebels in England, and one woman caught in the crossfire…
For her unwitting participation in a plot to embezzle the Exchequer, Lady Abigail Houghall has spent the last two years exiled to the city of Bath. A card sharp, sometime mistress, and target of scandalous gossip by the London Beau Monde, Lady Abigail plots to escape her gilded cage as well as the prudish society that condemns her. But the times are not easy. France is in chaos. The king has been executed, and whispers of a similar revolution are stirring in England. And because of her participation in the robbery plot, the Spymaster of England is blackmailing her into passing him information about the members of London’s upper crust.
When the dashing English spy Daniel Ridgeway takes a seat at her card table and threatens to expose her for cheating, she has no choice but to do as he demands: seduce the leader of the revolutionaries and learn what she can about their plot. As she’s drawn deeper into Daniel’s dangerous world, from the seedy backstreets of London to the claustrophobic catacombs of a war-torn Paris, she realizes an even more dangerous fact. She’s falling in love with her seductive partner. And the stakes of this game might just be too high, even for her.