Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?
Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.
Regency meets political intrigue. Loved this fresh twist on a Regency romance. Moonlight Masquerade has all the historical detail that I love to read but it is the dash of suspense that ups the ante and turned me into a devouring reader.
Axtell's characters have depth and a history that clearly defines them in their present circumstances. Rees is a dashing hero -- a Godly man filled with loyalty for his country but conflicted by an impossible love. Celine is a paradox that Axtell deftly reveals to her readers one piece at a time. And, oh la la, you won't want to miss the toe-curling clandestine kiss that catapults their story into a whole new direction.
A thrilling read not to be missed.
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