Published by Harlequin Special Releases on August 21, 2018
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Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous?
Part of The King’s Elite: constantly told her beauty and charm are all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only, first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa that leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
After being nearly shot to death, Sebastian Leatham was recuperating at the home of his colleague Jake Warriner’s brother, Dr Joe Warriner. When Joe’s sister-in-law Lady Clarissa Beaumont bursts inadvertently into his room, Seb is transfixed by her otherworldly beauty – as is most of the world. Clarissa needs to speak with her sister but is impressed that Seb was hurt because of a heroic deed, although he doesn’t seem very affable. Then one night, Clarissa and Seb realise they need each other to succeed in their respective endeavours: he must catch smugglers, and she must nab her duke.
Although I had adored each and every book of Virginia Heath’s previous series – The Wild Warriners – I must admit I was not as enthused as I should have been about this new series because of the world it’s set in: The King’s Elite is a spying organisation, and historical novels with spies abound these days. Now, I feel utterly silly to have doubted Ms. Heath for even one second. THE MYSTERIOUS LORD MILLCROFT is a delight from beginning to end, and Ms. Heath’s spies are everything they should be; nothing too outrageous. Seb and Clarissa are spectacularly well-defined characters, and also very unusual. Seb is an ideal spy, confident, self-assured, fearless in everything he does except in the presence of women, where he is hopelessly tongue-tied and shy. Clarissa is beautiful, charming, society is her oyster, she can flirt the way she breathes, and well, that’s it. Oh, and she has a secret …
THE MYSTERIOUS LORD MILLCROFT is filled with marvellous disclosures, surprises, and all sorts of unexpected twists, that I will let you discover for yourself. This book is a masterpiece of character development as you watch Clarissa bloom, become her true self, as she and Sebastian work together and fall in love, as they both realise that they amount to so much more than what they ever believe they were. THE MYSTERIOUS LORD MILLCROFT is one of the most divine character study I have ever read, I was engrossed from the very beginning, enthralled by Virginia Heath’s absolute mastery of the English language, at the humour and wit that make the brilliant dialogues irresistible, at her unmistakable eye for detail so that every facet of the story shines, and the characters breathe and grow before your very eyes.
If the spying world of THE MYSTERIOUS LORD MILLCROFT feels entirely genuine – it’s easy to imagine Lord Fennimore telling James Bond what to do – the romance is utterly breathtaking. It grows out of trust, friendship and respect; I could feel the sparks Seb and Clarissa were experiencing as they realised that what was happening was as unexpected as it was what they had always needed, but had despaired to find: someone who cared for them, understood, and loved them for what they really are. THE MYSTERIOUS LORD MILLCROFT is thrilling, exhilarating, sensual, seductive, alluring, and so, so, so very romantic. Again, I cannot find the words to properly express how I feel about Virginia Heath’s writing: her incomparable prose, her way with words, her ability to create characters that remain with you, and for whom you genuinely care, and her ingenuity which manifests itself in the glorious ending which has one of the best plot twists I have ever seen. The King’s Elite series will be as outstanding as The Wild Warriners, if not even better.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.