Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Series: The Royal Saboteurs #2
Publication Date: 10/11/22
Period: Victorian London
Number of Pages: 268
There is an elite group of Agents for the Crown within the home office. That group, known as the Royal Saboteurs, is made up of carefully chosen and highly trained agents who have sworn to guard Queen and country. Willoughby Galloway’s parents were both elite agents during the Napoleonic Wars (Lord and Lady Spy) and it has been his lifelong goal to not only be an Agent for the Crown but to be a part of the most elite group. He’s finally completed his training and has an assignment. An Irish Separatist group, known as Innishfree, is in London and has made attempts on the Queen’s life. Will’s assignment is to investigate one of the Queen’s Ladies-in-Waiting to see if she is the palace insider assisting Innishfree.
Emily Blythe-Coston, Lady Averley, has served the queen as Lady-in-Waiting for the last two years – since her husband Jack died. She loved Jack dearly and is still in mourning for him – and the still-born child they had lost not long before. She’s made a life for herself – but is she really happy? With the threats against the Queen, they’ve been so confined that the palace has begun to seem like more prison than a home. During a particularly confining day, Emily suggests a ride in the park, and the queen is attacked. While the queen escapes without injury, Emily becomes suspect because she suggested the outing.
From the moment he lays eyes on her, Will cannot believe Emily is a traitor. Of course, he knows that traitors usually look just like the rest of us, and he’ll do everything in his power to prove she is a traitor – or not.
Even when Emily is wounded during an attack, Will can’t rule her out – yet he is drawn to her like no other. He can’t forsake his queen – he must protect her no matter the cost. What a conundrum for an honorable man. Can Will prove Emily innocent? Can he protect the queen? Will his attraction to Emily cost him his place in the Royal Saboteurs? You’ll just have to read this fast-paced, excellently written, engrossing tale to find the answers.
I enjoyed meeting Will and Emily and spending time with them. I also delighted in the cameo appearances of Callahan Kelly and Bridget Murray Kelly from the first book. I hope you will read the book and enjoy it as much as I did.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.