Mr. Henry Lake spent the past twelve years uncovering the most scandalous secrets of Europe's wealthy and powerful, serving as one of His Majesty's most decorated spies. But when a mission to find the legendary French Blue diamond brings him back to London, and face to face with a beautiful noblewoman he once loved, it's his own hidden passions that are uncovered…
Lady Caroline, Countess of Berry, knows better than to lose her head over a man. After an embarrassing romantic entanglement forced her into a loveless marriage and early widowhood, she learned to never trust in desire, especially when it comes to the man who once broke her heart. Only, despite her good sense, she finds Henry impossible to resist—even when he once again places her in deathly danger…
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.
A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: The Undercover Scoundrel is the third and final book in Jessica Peterson's The Hope Diamond series, but it works as a standalone. This instalment focuses on Henry Lake and Caroline Osbourne (the Dowager Duchess of Berry).
The historical setting of the series is based around the time of the problematic political situation between England and Napoleon after the French Revolution. The French Blue diamond has been stolen and Henry is one of the many people trying to locate it. His search leads him back to England after a 12 year absence and into the path of his former love Caroline. As old feeling surface Caroline finds herself falling for Henry again. She's also drawn into the plot to recover the diamond and prevent England from going to war with France.
Caroline is now widowed and just out of mourning. She faces a quiet life as a Dowager Duchess and is shocked to see Henry again after so many years. I liked the intrigues and many twists in the story, but I would have liked more explanation about Caroline and her husband.
I completely understood Caroline's frustration at being widowed so young and being under her brother's control (not that he does a particularly good job of controlling her). Some of my favourite scenes were when Caroline managed to outwit him.
4 Stars in my Sky!
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