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The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware--known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland--planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a "guest" at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he's quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him...
Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice's shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert's betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor's Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia's reputation... and both of their lives.
Enjoy an excerpt of A SPY UNMASKED:
Robert’s touch upset Sophia’s balance, and she inhaled sharply. He was purposefully trying to unnerve her. “Deception comes that easy to you?” she asked.
“It’s a requirement of my job.”
“I must keep that in mind when dealing with you, my lord.”
He stopped dancing, but his hand remained around her waist. “We are entering the enemy’s lair. I need to be certain you won’t panic.”
Her chin rose a notch. “I never panic.”
His voice was cold and exact. “Dispassionate control is required, or else dangerous mistakes can occur.”
“If you’re trying to intimidate me into backing out of the house party, then you’re failing. I have mettle, my lord. Your seductive tactics won’t work on me.”
He arched an eyebrow. “What do you know of seduction?”
“I’m not completely ignorant. I’m twenty-four years old, and despite what you’ve heard, I’ve attended numerous balls, danced with plenty of gentlemen, and strolled through moonlit mazes. I’ve been kissed before.”
Ocean-blue eyes studied her mouth. “Where?”
She frowned. “My lips and even once on my neck.” She pointed to a spot just beneath her chin.
His gaze dropped to where her finger pointed, then slowly lowered to the skin just above her bodice. Her pulse skittered.
“Then you won’t mind if I test your mettle?”
She stood frozen.
Looking into her eyes once again, he came close, moving slowly. He mouth brushed across hers, once, twice, a featherweight touch before she stepped back. Her fingers flew up to cover her lips.
“Just as I thought,” he drawled. “You lack experience. A few stolen kisses inside a dim maze are not sufficient.”
She bristled with indignation. “Not sufficient? Whatever else do you have in mind?”
“This.” Pulling her close, he swooped down and kissed her.
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|Author Tina Gabrielle|
Award-winning author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. After multi-publishing for a prestigious law journal, she fulfilled her dream of writing fiction. A Spy Unmasked is the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service series. The second book in the series, At The Spy’s Pleasure, is coming in April 2015 from Entangled Publishing. She is also the author of adventurous Regency historical romances, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books.
Publisher’s Weekly calls her Regency Barrister’s series, “Well-matched lovers…witty comradely repartee.” Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
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