Genre: Historical Romance (Victorian)
Author: Victoria Alexander
Publisher: Kensington (Zebra), 2012
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Evelyn Hadley-Attwater has it all — a genteel Victorian life replete with loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. No one, including the man she married, suspects that she was once “Eve,” a spy for England’s most enigmatic intelligence agency. Summoned for one final assignment, the excitement of her former life and memories of her mysterious, flirtatious boss “Sir” prove too tempting… Adrian Hadley-Attwater is a respectable, dignified gentleman. But even the most proper gentlemen have secrets of their own. Secrets from the rest of the world, from their families, from their wives. Secrets that have a price. Now, as a veil of secrecy frays, a tantalizing game of cat and mouse will test the bounds of unfailing love…
What drew me to this romance was the fact that the main characters were married. Most HR novels have unmarried characters that we hope will eventually marry and they always do so. So how, I thought, could the author craft a novel around a married couple? Very well it turns out.
The entire premise and theme of this novel is about lies. Outright deception but more often lies of omission and the consequences. Ms Alexander uses dialog to bring her characters to life. She has masterly imbued the plot with humor that feels like a delightful Oscar Wilde play. Misunderstandings abound and add to the feel of a farce.
Secondary Characters Sir Maxwell and Celeste have a steamy romance which enlivens the plot further.
I thought this book a “very good read” and recommend it for anyone looking for something different in the HR genre.