Mari Sinclair is a talented artist that has lived in Constantinople for years. Â The British enlist her skill in order to get detailed sketches of Ottoman camps, hidden within what looks like harmless sketches of butterflies and nature. Â When Mari is told to do three more sketches, she tries to quit, but her superiors tell her otherwise. Â In the meantime,Â Major Bennett Prestwood is assigned protective detail, after a rogue bullet nearly took her out at her last assignment. When things begin to get complicated, i.e. loyalties to friends vs. country, romantic entanglement, etc., both Mari & Bennett struggle to makes sense of right and wrong.
This was a very enjoyable tale. Â I have a fondness for romances set in non-traditional locations, especially regencies. Â I’m not always a fan of spy stories, but this one worked out for me. Â Mari is an intelligent and down to earth woman. Â She’s independent without being abrasive. Â She’s also proud and stubborn, traits Bennett match as well. Â They butt heads many times over the course of their time together, but generally they come to find something of a working agreement. Which of course leads to something more, though they’re both wary of it.
Then politics catch up with them.
I enjoyed Ms. Randol’s tale. Â It’s a regency romance that offers a nice breath of fresh air with its Ottoman theme. Â If you’re looking for a romantic story that has well developed and complex characters embroiled in an elaborate and dangerous scheme, this book is for you.
A Secret in Her Kiss by Anna Randol, 374 pgs, 1/31/12
Romance: 3/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 3/5