A refined Scottish courtier. A rugged British spy. And an affair that will change the course of history. Everything changes when the shocking deception is revealed in this seductive novel from USA Today bestselling author Sharon Cullen.
 
Ladies in waiting can’t help noticing more than they let on. After so many years at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, Emma Howard sees quite plainly that the royal couple is anything but happy. Reeling from a failed marriage herself, Emma sympathizes with her beloved queen. But the last thing she wants is for the king to be murdered, let alone to witness the shocking act herself. With her whole world turned upside-down, Emma is saved by the quick thinking of a lowly printer . . . who, unbeknownst to her, is one of England’s most daring spies.
 
At Queen Elizabeth’s behest, Tristan has been stirring discontent against the Scottish nobility. Now that the king is dead, his mission is even more critical. There’s only one complication: the exquisite courtier who’s unexpectedly fallen under Tristan’s protection. Emma rouses his body and his soul. But after she learns that he’s a traitor, the fate of two nations hangs on her response. Tristan’s prepared to risk his life in exchange for hers. Will Emma do the same for the man she’s come to love?
 
Don’t miss these novels in the All the Queen’s Spies series:
WED TO A SPY  | BOUND TO A SPY
 
And look for all of Sharon Cullen’s delightful historical romances:
THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE | LOVING THE EARL | PLEASING THE PIRATE | HIS SAVING GRACE | SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY | THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS
 
The Highland Pride series: SUTHERLAND’S SECRET | MACLEAN’S PASSION | CAMPBELL’S REDEMPTION
 
This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
March 13, 2018  |  222 pages
(Read from Feb 20, 2018 to Feb 27, 2018)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Entertainment, 10% Literature
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Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
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Sequel Potential:
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Comment:
After being widowed from a horrible marriage, Emma is just trying to keep her head down in Mary Queen of Scots' court. Then she witnesses a murder & gets caught in an explosion, putting paid to that plan. Luckily, a local spy for Elizabeth picks her out of the rubble & nurses her back to health. It's a bit contrived, but it works. While they're sequestered together, they change each other's worldviews irrevocably. At its core, this is a book about an abuse survivor finding herself & that's great  (+1 vote)