Tuesday, September 16, 2008

As Luck Would Have It-Alissa Johnson

As Luck Would Have It
Alissa Johnson
Leisure, Oct 2008, $6.99
ISBN: 0843961554

After years of traveling the world with her father, Miss Sophie Everton returns home to England. However, she is stunned when she learns she and her family are broke; her cousin embezzled their fortune. Desperately in need of money and perhaps even a husband, she accepts an assignment from the Prince Regent to spy on selected aristocrats.

Undercover agent the Duke of Rockeforte Alexander is assigned to keep an eye on Sophie. When her carriage crashes, he gets her to safety. In his mind the tedious undercover assignment looks good as Sophie is beautiful and proves intelligent. However, he becomes concerned for her when a series of accidents occur involving her; he marvels how she seems to always survive. As she decides to spy and find a spouse, Alex decides he is the one for her as she is to him. Traitors target both of them before they can discover who betrays England.

This is an exhilarating Regency espionage romantic suspense with plenty of humor to enhance the fun story line. The heroine is terific from the moment she comes home to London to ponder why she did until Prinny assigns her with her latest adventure. Alex is terific as he goes from detesting the mission of spying on an inane aristocratic deb to believing this is destiny. Fans will enjoy this exciting historical as spy meets and falls in love with spy.

Harriet Klausner

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