A Code of Love
Book 1, The Code Breakers Series
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THE CODE BREAKER SERIES
Men and women from the class of privilege and rank risk their lives to defend England against the treacherous designs of Napoleon. They confront disaster, scandal, and passion as they pursue their code of honor and love.
Book One: A CODE OF LOVE
Threatened by French spies, assassins, and calculating suitors, can Lady Henrietta Harcourt trust the infamous rake, Lord Cordelier Rathbourne, with her carefully guarded family secrets?
Cord’s passionate attraction for the indomitable Henrietta hasn’t diminished in his four years abroad, but neither has Henrietta’s memory of his libertine past.
As England’s new Director of Intelligence, Cord faces more peril protecting the Harcourt family of brilliant code breakers than he did as an undercover spy in Napoleonic France. Henrietta’s brother, on a clandestine assignment in Paris, has vanished.
In pursuit of the missing brother, Henrietta and Cord become entangled in a web of international intrigue, danger, and white hot passion.
a wonderfully rich Georgian-era historical romance
Set in 1802, the peaceful time between England and France, and just before the ascension of Napoleon, Jacki Delecki has penned a wonderfully rich Georgian-era historical romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue to please the most discerning of readers.
Lady Henrietta is a wonderfully intelligent character, and even more intriguing, with her family’s work for the Home Office Intelligence division; she was allowed to use her skills in deciphering the coded messages sent in wartime. While she has acceded to the norms for society: debutante ball, stringent behavioral expectations, she has been the family stalwart in caring for her mother until her death. Marriage is now expected, and while she understands the expectation, she wants a man who will recognize and respect her work for the home office, if not join forces with her to aid in the protection of the home country.
Cord, Earl of Rathbone, is newly ascended and deeply guilty over his position. His elder brother’s death gave this second son the title, and this reformed rake is determined to protect his family and serve his country with his skill at code deciphering. Familiar with Henrietta, her exuberant and self-assured approach to life intrigues him, especially as she displays zero interest in him as a man.
These two are delightful foils for one another; their bantering is brilliantly conceived and quite amusing as early on only the reader understands they are both working for the same side. Additionally, Henrietta only knows Cord’s past behaviors and reputation, and is unaware of the efforts he has put forth since inheriting the title. Now Cord is determined to protect those in his family and circle, and his admiration and attraction to Henrietta place her firmly in his sights.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to see a woman use her intelligence, and to finally be accepted for her skills and use, even though it was a hard revelation for Cord. I will say that once the two started to trust in one another, and Cord was able to see Henrietta’s sense and skill, and appreciate the daring with which she would tackle every task their connection deepened and enriched the story as their romance was a given and not a maybe.
With plenty of secondary characters to add to the suspense, insertions of historical detail to set the scene and solidify the world-building, this story kept me engaged and involved wondering just what would be happening next. Readers of historical fiction who appreciate a strong female protagonist, accurate historic insertions, romance and a good story will enjoy this read.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review with Tasty Book Tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
A Romp of a Romance!
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romantic suspense story about Henrietta (a female code breaker during Napoleonic times) and Richard, the Earl of Rathbourne (a spy in the administration of England’s war office). It was quite a romp between the two as Henrietta had known Richard years before as a dissolute rake and was a very independent female…and the overbearing Richard now had to conduct his dangerous spy business while trying to dispel his bad reputation and woo Henrietta at the same time. An exciting time was had by all as they solved mysteries and wound their way to a happy ending! A fun romance I can heartily recommend.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Feb 14, 2014
- Publisher: Doe Bay Publishing
- Seller: Doe Bay Publishing LLC
- Print Length: 278 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Code Breakers Series