Another sizzling romance with a dash of adventure, featuring a hard- headed British lord and a strong-willed governess who turns out to be a spy - and who must pretend to be his mistress, leading to all sorts of delightful situations.
Also the setting is sort of portmanteau Ye Olde Englande, with little historical detail to fix it firmly in the ostensibly 1880s setting. It would have been great if Harriet could have been a true female equivalent to Holmes or the 19th C Jamesina Bondette, but there isn't enough historical meat to get your teeth into. And we never actually see why the hero thinks she's the cat's whiskers - we hear a lot about how wonderful she was when she was sticking to pretending to be his daughter's governess, but we never see it. But it is fun to see him overcome his justifiable reservations about her suitability as a wife and mother to his existing daughter and any subsequent offspring.
This was OK, a little above the run of the mill.
Martin cannot find Abigail until a letter from her great aunt arrives. He visits her relative who sends him to meet Ian and Hannah MacLeod on the Isle of Skye where Martin demands to see Abigail who informs him that she is actually Harriet MacLeod, an English spy assigned to protect his daughter and him. An angry Martin, already filled with mistrust after the infidelity of his deceased wife, calls Harriet a liar before leaving. However, she finds that she needs his services to gain entry to a house where her brother might be held prisoner. He accepts the job only if she agrees to be his mistress during the scenario, making a permanent relationship even less likely between them.
Susan Sizemore is known for her strong historical novels, but her current tale, TOO WICKED TO MARRY, may be the awesome author's best work to date. This exciting Victorian romantic intrigue stars a gender-bending heroine assigned to protect the lead male protagonist and a strong support cast. With a refreshing action-jammed story line for the ensemble to star in, Ms. Sizemore provides one of the best historical tales of the year.
Martin Kestrel, a British diplomat is in love with Abigail, his daughter's governess, but he's also in love with Harriet the Spy, and Cora the Mistress. Yes, Martin Kestrel is in love with all three women, yet he's in love with one woman. Yet Martin was not aware that Abigail was placed in his household to have 'someone to watch over him'. Confusing!! Very, but funny and sensual.
Abigail, aka, Harriet the Spy, is deposited in Martin's to protect his negotiations for the British Foreign Service. As a diplomate, Martin is privy to making political contracts and deals that ultimately could dispose the British government. Martin;s choice in wive's and mistresses doesn't help either. Most were proven to be less than trustworthy and patriotic. Yes, Abigail performs her duty to his daughter and to Martin unknowingly. But when Martin proposes to Abigail, he doesn't realize he's in love with a fictional character. Therefore, the real Harriet the Spy takes flight and returns home to contemplate her assignment or her affection for Martin.
Martin manages to track Harriet down and late realize that the entire possible deranged family is involved in espionage. Yes, Harriet's family decides to use Martin's availability to locate a secret courier and rescue their wayward offspring that has been captured and tortured by the enemy. But whom had captured their beloved Michael and who and where was the courier.
Thus the games begin.
This book is a one night sitting read. Susane Sizemore writes with humor, sensuality, and an intrique that keep you page turning.
Martin may not be the 'James Bond' of the 1860s, but his common sense and ability to reason and negotiate aids Harried MacLeod and her family of spies.
Hope you love it as much as I did!
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