A Raven's Heart
Book 2, Secrets and Spies
K. C. Bateman
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When a bookish codebreaker and a dashing spy are reunited in this steamy historical romance from the author of To Steal a Heart, their lives depend on their ability to resist temptation. But fate is a mistress who cannot be denied. . . .
In the war against France, Heloise Hampden is a high-value asset to the Crown. She’s cracked the enemy’s most recent communication, and for that, someone is trying to kill her. However, it’s the agent assigned to protect Heloise who poses the greatest threat to her heart: William de l’Isle, Viscount Ravenwood. Heloise has quarreled with the man they call Raven since childhood, yet always maintained a chaste distance. She’s sure nothing will change, thanks to the disfiguring scar on her face. So why is she so enchanted by the sight of Raven’s jet-black hair, rakish smile, and wicked green eyes?
Nothing has changed. Raven still wonders how Hell-cat Hampden’s lithe body would feel pressed against his, but for the mission he must remind himself that the woman takes more pleasure in ancient languages than she does in seduction. His imprisonment six years ago broke him in a way that makes the prospect of love impossible. Still, his heart beats like mad whenever he’s within ten paces of Heloise, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if that means taking her to Spain as an unwilling hostage. Protecting her from danger will be a challenge; protecting her from desire will be pure agony.
Praise for K. C. Bateman’s To Steal a Heart
“[To Steal a Heart] is rich with espionage and suspense. Multidimensional believable characters and fast-paced plotting propel the story forward to its moving conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly
“The writing and characterization are superb, the romance is hot, snarky and tender and the hero is delicious. 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
“The sexual chemistry between the two built so steadily that I thought I would go up in flames if they didn’t stop battling each other and give in to their needs.”—Kilts and Swords
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An Exciting Historical Romance!
I sure did enjoy this exciting historical romance! It had plenty of angst (heroine Heloise expected by parents to marry a title but loving from afar our hero Ravenwood who has refused a title due to a poor relationship with his Ducal father), plenty of intrigue (Raven serving the Crown during dangerous missions and Heloise working for the Crown as a code breaker) and plenty of scorching romance between Raven and Heloise as they fought their attraction for each other. This was the first story by K.C. Bateman that I’ve read, but I plan on reading much more of her writing.
Best friend's little sister love story!
I just adored To Steal a Heart and couldn't wait to read this book. A Raven's Heart is William de l'Isle, Viscount Ravenwood's story, or "Raven" to his friends. Raven has been attracted to Heloise Hampden for most of his life. She is his best friends' little sister....so it's totally hands-off! Little does he know that Heloise has always been attracted to him too! After 6 years of imprisonment, Raven had a very bleak look on life and risked his life every day as a spy.
It's England, 1816 and Raven has been summoned by his boss to protect Heloise since both of her brothers are out of town working on other things. Heloise uses her brains to decipher the secret codes of the French armies for the English and word has it that she may be a target of the French. Raven is not happy with this new assignment because he is not sure he will be able to keep his hands off of her for long. The two of them have sort of a love/hate relationship. Heloise tends to be sassy and speaks her mind, earning her the nickname, Hell-cat. Raven tends to be brash and constantly try to throw Heloise off her game. Together these two are explosive. So much chemistry and passion exists whenever these two are around each other.
When Raven has to travel to Spain, he decides to "take" Heloise with him to keep her safe. I just adored this adventure they went on. The two of them brought out better qualities in each other. I love how stubborn Heloise could be and how Raven handled it. It just made their chemistry that much greater! The sexual tension between these two was awesome! Heloise wanted nothing more than be with Raven. Raven because of things from his past felt he wasn't worthy of someone as sweet and pure as Heloise. The ride these two went on was perfect. It was great seeing this sweet, sassy tart tame this fearless spy. I just loved their happy ending. It was perfect for these two.
This is a story of two people who trouble seeing what is in front of them. Raven's protectiveness of Heloise was endearing, topped with his acceptance of Heloise's smarts. The little games they played between themselves was fun. There is grit to this story as well as two people who realize they already love each other. I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this story through Netgalley but this review is entirely my opinion.