A Counterfeit Heart
Book 3, Secrets and Spies - A Secrets and Spies Novel
K. C. Bateman
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A feisty counterfeiter and a cocky British agent clash in this sultry Secrets and Spies novel by K. C. Bateman, whose witty, intelligent, and sexy historical romances have become her signature.
As Sabine de la Tour tosses piles of forged banknotes onto a bonfire in a Paris park, she bids a reluctant farewell to her double life as a notorious criminal. Over the course of Napoleon’s reign, her counterfeits destabilized the continent and turned scoundrels into rich men, but now she and her business partner must escape France—or face the guillotine. Her only hope of surviving in England is to strike a deal with the very spy she’s spent her career outrunning. Now after meeting the arrogant operative in the flesh, Sabine longs to throw herself upon his mercy—and into his arms.
Richard Hampden, Viscount Lovell, is prepared to take any risk to safeguard England from the horrors of the French Revolution. To lure the insurgents out from the shadows, he’s even willing to make a pact with his archenemy: Philippe Lacorte, the greatest counterfeiter in Europe. But when a cheeky, gamine-faced beauty proves herself to be Lacorte, Richard is shocked—and more than a little aroused. Unlike the debutantes who so often hurl themselves at him, this cunning minx offers a unique and irresistible challenge. Richard will help her. But in return, he wants something that even Sabine cannot fake.
Look for all of K. C. Bateman’s delightful Secrets and Spies novels:
TO STEAL A HEART | A RAVEN’S HEART | A COUNTERFEIT HEART
“Rich with espionage and suspense . . . Multidimensional believable characters and fast-paced plotting propel the story forward to its moving conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly, on To Steal a Heart
“I couldn’t ask for much more in an historical romance and I’m eagerly awaiting whatever Ms. Bateman comes up with next.”—All About Romance, on To Steal a Heart
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. This is the story of a French counterfeiter and an English Agent working together to capture a group of men who are trying to reek havoc on England's economy. They also encounter and capture one of the most lethal assassins of that time. Along the way they fall in love even though nothing comes easy for them. Richard, a confirmed bachelor, and Sabine, a French counterfeiter, have a tumultuous arrangement that involves a lot of denying the feelings they have for each other. I would recommend this book as it is full of excitement, intrigue and danger.
Another Winning Romance by Bateman!
I was thrilled to read another story in this series by Ms. Bateman and I was not disappointed. Richard, an agent for the Crown, and Sabine, a French counterfeiter for Napoleon in the last war, meet when Sabine boldly offers her forging services to him and England so that she can make a new life for herself. Neither one counted on falling for the other…madly and intensely…while trying to catch a couple of spies and thieves against the crown. Theirs was an exciting and unusual courtship that could not be denied, which had me at times wanting to slap them for their denseness and at others clap for their astuteness. A sigh-worthy romance! I sincerely hope this is not the end of the series.
5 Stars!! I absolutely LOVED this book!! I didn't want the story to end & I couldn't put it down!! It was such a well written book-it had me wanting to cry at one point & I was giggling at other parts! I loved how the heroine wasn't a helpless woman but a strong, independent, smart, savvy woman! If I had to nit pick something about the book that I wasn't in love with, I'd have to say I wasn't crazy about her telling him she wasn't a virgin & him not noticing that she was & her never admitting the truth, even when she told him she'd never lied to him. Maybe it's just me, but I get kind of bothered when the women in romance books lie about being a virgin or not. Other than that, I absolutely loved the book! I 100% recommend this book!! It's definitely worth reading! Now I'm going to have to read more books by K.C. Bateman!!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*