Series: Husband Hunters #4
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Charles Davenham, Viscount Wynford is one of Goldworthy’s newest recruits in his spy club. He has tasked Charles with unmasking Isabelle Delatour who claims to be the Marchioness de Tonnelier a very distant cousin of Charles mother, but whom they suspect is actually a Russian spy. He is perfecting his disguise with his friend Peregrine “Perry” Pilkington when his young sister Octavia arrives from the country very upset, clutching a copy of The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London and insisting that she needs to find a husband by Christmas. Charles is at a loss until Perry suggests that he ask Lady Harriet “Harry” Swanley for help.
Harry is the sister of the Earl of Danraven, but she left home at 16 when she refused to marry the man her brother choose for her. She moved in with a cousin, Lady Luxbough and has been governess to her children for the last 10 years. When Charles calls upon her, she immediately knows who he is and prays that he doesn’t remember meeting her. She agrees to introduce Octavia to some young people and help her settle into society, but she is sure there is more going on with Charles than just taking care of his sister. Especially when she meets the Marchioness and sees a marked difference in his behavior.
This was a good mystery, but in my opinion, there was zero romance – I don’t know when or why Charles and Harriet fell in love and never felt any connection between them and there was certainly no heat. They don’t even really work together to solve the mystery. I also don’t know why Isabelle was called the “Marchioness” – she is supposed to be French and has a French title, so she should have been the Marquise de Tonnelier – it is a stupid little detail, but it annoyed me to no end. I did enjoy the mystery in the story and if this had been a historical fiction, I would have rated it 4 stars, but as a romance it was a fail for me.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*