Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Tour Review and Giveaway: No Ordinary Mistree by Robyn DeHart

Title: No Ordinary Mistress (Masquerading Mistresses #1)
Author: Robin DeHart
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 2

London, 1814

Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he's assigned to play the part of lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can't forget, he'll have to risk his heart as well as his life.

It isn't easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion.

Pretending to be his mistress isn't difficult—remembering that it is all a charade is a challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong....
There were several parts to this quick read and each had their strong and weak points.  As spies, the mystery and finding out who is selling state secrets is a very large part of the story.  I wish there had been a little more background as to what led Remington and Emma to be spying on their marks, but with a novella sometimes something has to go, and the background was it in this one.  Since we don't get much backstory on the marks, I found it hard to relate to this aspect of the story and settle into the intrigue.

The second part is the romance.  This one was pretty good.  Emma was warned that it would be difficult working with a male partner.  Close proximity can sometimes mimic intimate feelings, and that's just what they both think at first.  But when they separate and still can't keep their minds off each other, they know it may have been more - but now it may be too late.

There was also a bit about women's rights of all things - after all how many female spies were there in the 1800's, and were they respected.  The author did a good job of throwing the thought out there, beating it around, and then letting it lie for awhile.  Overall this was a fun read, I just wish I could have gotten more into the actual spy part of the story.

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