Delia Effington and her identical twin sister, Cassandra, were two of the most lovely debutantes in London. Delia had always been the sensible one, so everyone had been shocked when she ran off and wed Lord Wilmont. When her husband died VERY shortly after the vows had been said, the minor scandal became a blaze of gossip. Even months later, only Cassandra would visit. The rest of the Effingtons ignored her.
Viscount Anthony "Tony" St. Stephens was an agent of the British government. Disguised as Gordon, an elderly butler, he had been planted in Delia's house to protect her. In fact, all the "servants" were agents. Delia never knew that her late husband had been an agent ... or that an enemy spy had murdered him. However, the chances were high that Delia was in danger. Yet as "Gordon" befriended her, "Tony" fell in love with her. And THAT had never been a part of the mission!
**** To quote one sentence of the book, "Aside from this butler-spy-viscount nonsense, he really is wonderful." As the reader, that was exactly my first impression. Did my impression of "Lord Mysterious" change? OH YES! Quite a few times in fact.
Author Victoria Alexander seems to possess a poisonous pen that kept me off balance. No one was as he or she seemed! The hero's love for the heroine was the ONLY item of the story that seemed solid and real. It made for some fascinating reading! Now I find myself hoping that Cassie or Mac will get a story. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.