Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday, Novella, Suspense
Published by Smashwords on November 10th 2014
Source: Author, Tour Host
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Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.
Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.
Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady's heart?
Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?
Reviewed by Sherri:
Why I Choose this Book: The absolutely gorgeous cover, along with the holiday theme, is what attracted me to this read.
Short and Sweet Summary: Childhood friends that have deeper feelings for each other, team up to prevent an assassination attempt at a Christmas party in Regency England.
The Characters: Ash and Gwyneth are each strong willed and have ideas on how their courtship should progress. As they become embroiled in the assassination plot to kill the Prince Regent, their romance begins to blossom and Ash’s protectiveness to Gwyneth is sweet to read. Gwyneth is headstrong at times but the gal knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto; sometimes a bit too much for her own good. Together they make a believable couple.
What I Liked: Plots involving friends that turn into lovers are always a draw for me. A Christmas Code also being a holiday read was perfect to get me into the Christmas spirit. It had enough of the holiday without being too sweet and the intrigue involved with solving the assassination attempt was a nice touch.
What I Didn’t Like: There could have been a “bit” more romance but other than that I didn’t have any major issues with the story.
The Recap: A Christmas Code is a fun and sweet read with a touch of intrigue thrown in. It is not a steamy read, but the sweetness fits the story and works perfectly.