Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.
Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: the appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.
Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate Lady’s heart? Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph in the game of spies and love?
Wowsers! A Christmas Code is not at all what I was expecting!
What I liked: I did enjoy the mystery. It was compelling and interesting, and it took a backseat only to the romance. I did like the romance between Gwyneth and Ash. I liked that they’d been friends since childhood and enjoyed each other’s company. Plus, their jealousy, pre-declaration, is quite fun to watch.
What I didn’t like: From page one A Christmas Code is intense with it’s steaminess. It’s definitely not something I’ll be sharing nor is it anything that can be skimmer.
Based on the title, I expected there to be some type of code that needed to be deciphered and was disappointed when there wasn’t.
|Source:||I purchased A Christmas Code or Kindle on December 9, 2016 when it was free.|
|Publisher & Date:||November 9th 2014 by Doe Bay Publishing|
|Genre:||Christmas Historical Romance|
|ISBN:||0989939197 (ISBN13: 9780989939195)|
|Steam:||Hot Cinnamon Schnapps!!|
|Setting:||1820’s (guess) England|
|Series:||Code Breakers, 2|
A Code of Love
A Christmas Code
A Code of the Heart
A Cantata of Love
A Wedding Code
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