From the acclaimed author of Compromised comes a tale of love and war among the ton.
Phillippa Benning is the unrivaled beauty of the Season. But when another lady challenges her for a marquis's attentions, Phillippa entices him to a secret rendezvous only to stumble upon The Blue Raven, England's most famous spy, lurking at the site of her planned tryst.
The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot directed at upcoming society functions, but he's unable to infiltrate London society. Phillippa makes an offer: In exchange for entrée among the ton, he agrees to have his true identity revealed at the Benning Ball, guaranteeing her unrivaled notoriety. As the danger draws closer, the mysterious spy and Phillippa give in to mutual desire. But when the game turns deadly, betrayal waits around the corner, and Phillippa must decide once and for all, is it the myth that captured her heart, or the man?
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An Entertaining Regency Spy Novel
Sure, I just didn't care for how the narrator made Phillppa (and several other female characters) sound. Too shrill and childish for my taste for a female protagonist.
I found this audiobook an enjoyable listen because it invested sufficient time in a story beyond the romance between the protagonists. I thought the main characters' personalities were commensurate, and they made a complimentary couple. Phillippa was strong and witty, and she used her strengths in a way that would be acceptable for a woman of the times. However, she was slightly imbecilic when it came to her own safety, which felt contradictory to her intellect. I liked the use of secondary characters and backstory for some of the characters, but it was bothersome that there were several loose ends not tied up by the end. Why introduce something interesting that helps propel the story forward and then never come back to it? This book was like going to a fun wedding of people you barely know: The food and drink, music, and atmosphere are all great, but you realize you don't know as much as you'd like about many of the people there.
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