2009 New Author Challenge, 4/5, Historical Romance

too-hot-for-a-spyFrom the back of the book:

Resistance is Futile

Lady Olivia Fairchild has always lived a life of luxury and ease, but she longs for the kind of intrigue that can’t be found on a ballroom dance floor. Then Olivia learns she’s been accepted as the first female student in England’s prestigious spy school. But spy-training is far more grueling than Olivia ever imagined – and her dashing spymaster seems bent on banishing her from the school in record time…

When Every Look Brings Them Closer…

Sebastian Brooks believes women have no place within the dangerous world of espionage 0 and he’s determined to oust Olivia by whatever means necessary. But even as Sebastian mercilessly taunts her, he finds the sight of Olivia’s shapely body gallivanting on horseback is driving him wild. Olivia, too, can feel her longing for Sebastian heating up. Surrendering to her desire could be the most reckless move of her life – but resisting it may be impossible….

I loved this book. It’s not your typical historical, there aren’t many balls, visits to the dressmaker, or afternoon teas. Instead, the reader is treated to a look at an unconventional woman trying to do something more with her life. The writing flows fast and I couldn’t put it down.  I was pleased with where the story began, there wasn’t a lot of back story and info dumping. The reader was just thrust right in and it didn’t feel like anything was missing. I can’t wait to read more adventures by Pearl Wolf.

the book girl gives this book a 4/5

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2009 New Author Challenge, 4/5, Historical Romance

compromisedFrom the back of the book:

Miss Gail Alton was not having a good day. Or a good year. First, she’s stong-armed into attending the Season as a foil for her beautiful sister, Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half “gentleman” who has the audacity to blame her for their fall into the chilly lake! Little does Gail know that the very same man will soon be found in a compromising position with her sister…

Forced to ask for Evangeline’s hand in marriage, Maximillian St. John, Viscount Fontaine, can’t keep his mind off the irksome girl who threw him from his horse and who matches wits with him at every turn. He’s determined to follow through with the wedding, yet he can’t deny that Gail makes him want to cast propriety aside – and whisk away the sister of his soon-to-be bride…

This was a good historical romance. The characters were pretty likable, even though it took me a while to like Max. While he is a stand up guy and owns up to his mistake before the mistake is even know to Evangeline’s parents, the way he treats Gail in the beginning isn’t really nice. Of course, she doesn’t treat him that great either. The tension between the two main characters is great and their banter back-and-forth is very entertaining. I couldn’t put the book down and can’t wait to read more by Kate Noble.

the book girl rating – 4/5

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To learn more abou the author: Kate Noble