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Beguiled by Shannon Drake
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Jan 30, 2011

really liked it

**** "Beguiled" is how Lady Ally and Lord Mark, affianced in childhood, respond to each other, and the reader responds to the sparkling dialogue and fast action. Author Shannon Drake twists a historical romance into a royal espionage thriller, a complex multi-layer whodunit to the very last pages, a galloping carriage kidnap finale. Both her protagonists have secret lives. Mark uses disguises, outward flighty gambler about town and secret daring highwayman, to help Scotland Yard and Queen Victoria solve murders and uphold the monarchy. Ally, apparently an orphan, stubbornly refuses to believe she endangers herself and her loved ones, who have hidden her royal heritage, by personally delivering anonymous opinions to the newspaper, about the murders and for the monarchy. Ally carries her independence too far for me, but ahh, beauty, and love thereof, conquers all.

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