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When a Lady Deceives

(Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  31 reviews
A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.

In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss
ebook, 314 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Historical)
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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In Victorian London, Jennie Quinn, a reporter is working undercover at an Inn as part of her determination to discover who murdered her informer..
Former Police Inspector Matthew Colton, now a member of a notorious criminal gang crosses her path. But what is the connection between the gang, the death of her informer and the further deaths of other females..
I enjoyed the story a lot and liked the portrayal of the characters. I also liked the style of the writing and I am hoping there will be more
Intriguing elements and dark mysterious hero but only given a promise of that never delivered. Story plods along with not much happening but repeated scenes and romance drags out only to be given a few bedroom scenes without much relationship depth.
Tempted to read the next in series though because of promise of author.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
This novel is full of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and of course romance. I enjoyed reading it because the story is very good. Colton is my favourite character in this book. He is a man with many secrets, some not good. Jennie knows that she should stay away from him but he might lead her to the answers she is seeking. They are world's apart from each other but in this moment they're together. Colton is determined to find all of Jennie's secrets while she is looking for some answers hersel
When a Lady Deceives (Her Majesty's Most Secret Service, Book 1) by Tara Kingston is an intriguing Victorian Romance set in 1890 England. WOW! What an intriguing introduction to a new and what promises to be an impressive series.

Jennie Quinn, a tenacious, undercover journalist/reporter, who employs deception to seek justice for an informant who was murdered for the information she carried. She is drawn into a seductive game of cat and mouse, with known, and powerful criminals. She disguises hers
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I would have rated it higher if it didn't take half the page count for something (anything) to happen!

My Better worded review:
Tara Kingston’s newest release When a Lady Deceives features a clever, intelligent woman matched with a man whose true heart and motives are masked by darkness. Sounds like a real page turner to me and yet I found myself putting the book down more often than not. With little to no major character or plot development for practically half of the book I was bored
Vero Stro
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first read by Tara Kingston and it was very interesting. The book has suspense, mystery, romance and nice characters. Jennie is a reporter who is working undercover trying to find out who killed her informant. Matthew is the bastard son of Lord Winthrop and before being recognized by him ,she used to live in the slums. Before becoming the head enforcer for Claude Harwick, he worked for Scotland Yard.

Both characters are complex and I liked that she is different from the other reads of
Kathleen Roth
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like a good, snappy intrigue and this book has it, plus some steamy chemistry. Jennie Quinn is the kind of woman I like to see in novels - independent and goal oriented. As an undercover reporter, she is not perfect, which gets her into more than a few dangerous situations, but Matthew Colton, a former Yard Man, now working for a criminal isn't all he's supposed to be. When the two end up together, time after time, sparks fly! I wasn't expecting the ending. I received an Advanced copy from Net ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-2016
What an incredible way to start a series. You have mystery, murders, threats, dark alleyways, secrets, underlying passion, protective instincts on steroids, vindication, and love. Ms. Kingston has wrapped all of this up in a story of revenge and doing the right thing.

Virginia Jeanette “Jennie” Quinn is a reporter looking for the killer of her informant and a way to bring the killer to justice. She is clever, quick minded, pretty, cultured and has many secrets she wants to keep to herself. She st
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for a honest review

London, 1890. In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant. The books start with Jenny finding Mary McDaniel, her informant, with her throat cut in an alley. Jenny was to be given the diary Mary had kept whilst mistress to a powerful criminal. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss is too tempting to resist. Jenni
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story has solid writing and good characters, but it seemed like there was entirely way too much repetition. I enjoyed the banter (and the romance) between Matthew and Jennie - and the conclusion was something I did not expect - however it was the getting there that lost points with me.

Yes these are both head-strong characters, I did not need to read about him "ordering" her to do something (or ordering her NOT to do something as the case so often was) and her defying him every few pages. I
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jennie is a reporter undercover to try and figure out who murdered her informant. Not much is said of Jennie's family other than they are adventurous and supportive. Matthew, the bastard son of Lord Winthrop, formerly an Inspector from Scotland Yard, is the head enforcer for Claude Harwick. Matthew spent some of his formative years in the slums, before his father acknowledged him and he came to live with him.
This was good. Both characters were interesting and had layers. I liked that Jennie had
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely historical romance with very interesting characters.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lane McFarland
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WHEN A LADY DECEIVES, Tara Kingston’s first book in HER MAJESTY’S MOST SECRET SERVICE series, is a keeper!

Reporter Jennie Quinn is thrown into the murder investigation of an informant, who worked at a tavern run by a villainous criminal she suspects had her source killed. Jennie goes undercover and meets Colton, a former detective hunk. Danger abounds as she unravels clues, confronts perilous predicaments, and runs headlong into risky situations. But, she faces the biggest risk with Colton, who
Isabelle Morebooksthanlivros
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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First book in a promising new series!

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Cover - Really beautiful! Catching colors with a sensual couple very fitting for a Victorian book.
Plot- This was a good plot. Full of mystery and suspense, this book kept me guessing and wanting more until the end. The author written style was very cohesive without any weak points.
Characters- Colton is a mouth-watering hero. A bit dark and dangerous, he was really protective and bossy. On the other hand, Jennie was the perfect match for him, beca
Austine (NovelKnight)
A determined reporter hellbent on a breakthrough story and the destruction of a crime boss meets the right-hand man of said crime boss in When A Lady Deceives, a romance that really wasn't much of a romance.

Jennie is undercover as a barmaid in an attempt to gain more information about a notorious criminal and his relation to the death of a woman. Through her "amazing" investigative skills she ends up in a bar fight and is saved by Colton, the criminal's man and with a pretty nasty reputation him
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.

In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss is too tempting to resist. She aches to trust him, but she will not abandon her quest for the truth.

Colton is a ma
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A female investigator trolling the underworld to uncover criminal activity would be dangerous today, but in Victorian times it was almost suicidal. Jennie Quinn is investigating an underworld boss when her informant is murdered. She is determined to bring the villain to justice, even if it means putting her own life in danger.
Matthew Colton is the main muscle to a very dangerous man. ( Or is he?) He has to discipline many who get out of line. There us something about the new barmaid that is ruf
Debbie Glenn Brown
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
London in 1890 where the book “When a Lady Deceives” is dark and intriguing story of reporter Jennie Quinn going undercover and using deception as a weapon to solve a murder of an informant who was murdered for the information she carried. Disgraced Scotland Yard detective, Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever now works for one of the hardened criminal minds of London’s underworld. He has infiltrated the criminal world he’s vowed to destroy. Matthew tempts Jennie with is sizzling kisse ...more
Denise Van plew
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not resist this one because it promised mystery back in the day with characters that called to you. Jennie because of what she does and how gets you rooted to the spot right away because she is the type of female I hoped I would of been in that time. She does though go after answers that not also is deceiving but has danger attached to it too. Matthew was in employment by a organization that is always caught my eye and intrigued me so read and watched alot of it thanks to Sherlock, that ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical HR

I really liked that this was not your typical duke/debutante romance. It has intrigue, suspense, crime, and good character tension.
I liked Colton's character a lot-author did a good job demonstrating his struggle.

I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to more by this author!!!
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good spy story

This is the first book I read from Tara Kingston and I enjoyed it a lot. The story line was full of adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance. I highly recommend this book.
Sara Koniar
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
** ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice change of pace for the typical story about Lords and Ladys. I highly recommend this book if you like lots of suspense mixed in with your romance!
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok

Fan de RH, je cherche avidement tout nouvel auteur avec l'espoir de tomber sur des pépites. Les bonnes notes données à ce livre m'avaient donc convaincue de l'essayer.
Le début est vraiment bon : l'héroïne est forte, intelligente, pleine de répartie ; Lui est sombre et mystérieux à souhait, caustique. Les dialogues étaient bons, pas du tout mièvres, bref tout allait bien.
Sauf qu'entre 10% et 50%, il ne se passe strictement rien... L'intrigue policière n'avance pas d'un iota, meurs rencontres
Wendy Tavenner
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book! Tara Kingston is a wonderful author. Jennie is a undercover reporter trying to take down a very dangerous man. She just found her informant dead in an alleyway with her throat slashed. Matthew Colton is Hawkins first LT. and disgraced Scotland Yards Inspector. Matthew is trying to get info on his cousin the ruthless Claude Hawkins and destroy him from within. With a killer on the loose slashing throats and Jennie working at an Inn/Pub and her life in danger. Matthew must work ove ...more
Aunty Cake
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wonderful book
kingston's when a lady deceives kicks off a new series set in late victorian london. jennie quinn is an investigative reporter for the herald in the style of nellie bly. she's gone undercover at insane asylums to reveal inhumane conditions, and her current case is more personal in nature, she's gone undercover as a barmaid at an establishment notorious crime boss claude hardwick owns to reveal his part in the death of mary mcdaniel, a source she feels like she put in danger. mary was going to sh ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!

This was an enjoyable read. I liked the main characters interactions. Matthew and Jennie, are both entangled in a web of deceit and lies, each having alterior motives. Matthew infiltrates Harwick's gang to bring him to justice for crimes he committed. Matthew is a puzzle, for you do not always know his true motives but he has a strong sense of justice. I liked his character. Jennie is working undercover for a story and meets M
When a Lady Deceives by Tara Kingston is a Victorian romance with a headstrong leading lady, which made for a nice afternoon read.

Jennie is an reporter who goes undercover in search of a story and hopefully to avenge one of her informants. She seems pretty able to handle herself, and can maneuver herself out of most situations, but when a drunken brawl turns nasty, a unlikely champion steps in to lend her a hand.

Matthew Colton is a former detective turned criminal, after losing his friend and pa
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'When a Lady Deceives' by Tara Kingston is the story of Jennie Quinn and Matthew Colton.
This is my first book by this author but not my last. This book took you in pretty quickly from the first page of the story.
Jennie was to meet and informant but instead found her dead at their meeting spot. Jennie is a reporter and now with this death it has sent her into going undercover as a bar maid. While undercover she meets Matthew who is too dealing with things that he is keeping to himself.
Will the
Terry Moskowitz
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Maggie is escaping her home she doesn't want to marry the abusive guy chosen for her.
Lachlan is going through to get home when he finds Maggie on the side of the road.
He takes her in and tries to figure out where she is from. She won't tell him anything. She is hoping that by not telling him who she is she is keeping him safe.
I thought this story was ok I had a hard time following it. It is not a genre I usually read. I thought I would try something different.

** I received a copy from NetGalley
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 May 08, 2017 06:40AM  
Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes historical romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern-belle-out-of-water in a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero and a pair of deceptively innocent-looking kitties in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara’s a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping ...more

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