on August 1st 2017
Genres: 19th Century, Clean Romance, Love & Romance
Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies-including his own-has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the façade of a flirtatious playboy.
Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.
She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?
I was so excited to get the chance to read this story, I am quickly becoming a fan of Proper Romance and enjoy the relationship build between the characters. Due to secrets Anthony had to leave the woman he loved the most to set out on a mission. Two years later Anthony and Sophia meet again and the feelings are still there but people are in danger and someone was murders. I really enjoyed the story, I found it a little slow at times but over all it was a great build of characters, world and mystery. I loved the twist and turns and I adored the end.
The story is told in duel POV between Anthony and Sophia. Sophia is a very independent woman for that era and also a bit sassy. I loved her comebacks and the banter between herself and Anthony. She was very hurt by him leaving her and she made sure to let him know when she had the chance. I also adored a lot of the secondary characters, especially Rachael and the Denney Sisters. I also enjoyed Major Dylan Stuart, I did have an issue with the use of his name. In a few paragraphs he is either called Dylan or Stuart. I would have preferred to have just stuck with one to avoid confusion, sometimes I made the mistake of thinking two people were talking but it was the same person, however he is a delightful characters and very snarky. I enjoyed his humor and loved the friendship between Anthony and Dylan.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, I loved the characters and also love the mystery. My favorite thing about it was the build up of the characters and the mystery even in the background a little came right in your face closer to the end and it was intense and exciting. I really enjoyed it, I highly recommend for anyone looking for a great build of story and an awesome cast of characters.
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