Tracy’s rating: 3.5/4 of 5 stars
Series: Women of Daring, #1
Release Date: September 23, 2019
Lady Victoria Daring, eldest daughter of the Earl of Gadstoke has had a most unusual upbringing. Raised in China and taught Kung Fu and weapons training since she was a child – she is most definitely not your average debutante. Her mother frets that if she doesn’t return to England for a proper season, she will never marry, so when her father is recalled to England to uncover an opium ring – a season is the perfect cover!
The Home Office has launched Operation Imperial Twilight and assigns Victoria to search the home of Malcolm Egerdon, the Earl of Banebridge. While searching the study she is interrupted by Richard Downing, Viscount Ganwyd. Richard is captivated and intrigued by Victoria but she escapes before he can find out who she is. But as luck would have it, they meet again and Richard demands answers – for her part Victoria is shocked that he recognized her!
I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil the story, so suffice it to say this was a well written, interesting story with lots of secrets, angst, spies, action, intrigue, featuring a heroine who can kick butt and a very sweet hero who loves her. If you prefer your romances on the less sensual side, this book is for you – it is very low heat. I did find parts of the book that were a little hard to believe and not everything was wrapped up in this book (no cliffhangers – more like unresolved issues), but it was still enjoyable and I look forward to reading the adventures of the other Daring siblings!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me.*