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Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: My Lady Rogue (A Nelson's Tea Novella Book 2) by Katherine Bone


Print Length: 121 pages
Publisher: EsKape Press (March 17, 2015)

From Goodreads.com: Baroness Gillian Chauncey thought she’d seen everything during her years of devotion to England. But as war escalates and political bonds are severed, a devastating betrayal forces Gillian to make a life or death decision to save the man she loves.

Lord Simon Danbury’s loyalty to the crown has never been questioned — until now. As death’s darkening veil cascades over London, a hostile mole inside Nelson’s Tea tries to assassinate him. Surrounded by the greatest spies in England, only one thing stands to defeat him — losing the one woman who has made life worth living.

Everything Simon and Gillian have done has led to this moment… Will it be too late?

                              


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My Rating: 5 stars out of 5

My Review: 
 This novella ladies and gentlemen is another page turning hit from Katherine Bone! This is one of those stories that once you sit down to s tart reading it, you had better clear your calendar, because you won't want to put it down! Seriously - I finished this in one sitting. It contains everything one needs for a good spy story - romance, tragedy, betrayal and most importantly - well developed characters and an engaging plot! As typical with the stories I've read from this author (and most especially her Nelson's Tea series), its more than just reading a story. She writes in such a way that you can actually picture the scenes as they play out before you. You laugh with the characters, you swoon with the characters, and you scream out "YOU SNEAKY B*ST*RD!" when something happens that you didn't see coming. 

Going along with what I said above, I have to add that while reading it, and knowing that Admiral Nelson did in fact exist in history - I loved all of the added tidbits that the author added to the story. She included actual stanzas from the poems that were written at the time of the events taking place. Not only did they add so much more depth to the overall story as you went, but it also made it seem less like a novel and more like a journal in that I could imagine someone one day writing about these characters and the things they actually went through. While all the historical focus was on Admiral Nelson, this is how other people reacted to the events of their lives. These were some people who lived and loved, but were not mentioned. It gave the overall story a more realistic feel in that I had to remind myself that this was just a story and not an actual historical account of true people and facts (aside from Admiral Nelson obviously). 

As is most always my complaint with novellas, I wish there was MORE! I certainly hope to go on more adventures with Nelson's Tea! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 

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My Lady Rogue (A Nelson's Tea Novella Book 2) is available from Amazon.com 

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