by Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: Oct 1, 2013
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother's disappearance. And get out.My Review:
In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn't count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.
He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series of books! I look forward to this author's new books more than any others right now. Even though this newest installment was more loosely linked to the other books, it's still the same world that was already built. The main characters from the other two books were so intertwined with each other, so it's a little strange they aren't in this book aside from a few references. However, I think the next book will continue on with characters from this one. And while I may have missed my favorite characters from the other books, it didn't take away from this story in any way. I'm happy to keep reading about this world and the politics I already know.
The romance between the two leads was very exciting. The whole mistaken identity plot always keeps me thoroughly entertained, and this was no exception. Lynch knows Rosalind as both Mercury, his dangerous masked enemy, as well as his mild mannered secretary, Rosa. It's very interesting to see the conflict Rosalind has because she knows Lynch is attracted to both versions of herself, while feeling that both are just "roles" she is playing, and neither is her true self. I will admit, I had all of these scenarios built up in my mind of how Lynch would find out the truth. It was exciting to read and wait for that to happen. And don't worry, there isn't any cheating to deall with, it's all woven together perfectly.
Another great thread in the story is about learning about your enemy's point of view. Both Rosalind and Lynch find out that maybe the political conflict isn't so black and white. They learn to see from each other's point of view and understand where the other person is coming from.
One of the reasons that I love this series is because there is a perfect balance of adventure and romance. The romance is always in the forefront (it IS a romance after all) but there is enough action for readers who enjoy that also. I love the steampunk world in the books, it's not too much or overpowering, but there is enough that you feel like you are in a true fantasy world. It's such a great escape from present day life.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Cover: 5/5 (The man doesn't resemble Lynch to me, but who cares!)
Bottom Line: Another fantastic installment of one of my favorite series! I can't wait for the next book!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.