Betrothed to a man she has barely met, Lady Faith Landon calls upon her three best friends—the self-proclaimed Wallflowers of West Lane—to help uncover the secrets of her mysterious fiancé. Her suspicions are aroused when she learns that he has recently returned from France. Is he a traitor to his country? The truth is quite the opposite. Nicholas Ellsworth, Duke of Breckenridge, is a secret agent for the English Crown who has just completed a risky mission to infiltrate Napoleon’s spy network.
After his adventures, Nicholas craves the peace and quiet of the country and settling into domestic bliss with his bride. Until he discovers Faith’s deceptive investigation. How can he wed a woman who doesn’t trust him? But a powerful spark has ignited between Nicholas and Faith that could bring about a change of heart. Faith seizes her second chance to prove to Nicholas that they are a true love match but his past catches up with them when three French spies come to exact revenge. Surviving rather than wooing has become the order of the day.
I enjoy reading linked standalones because you get to see bits of “what happened next” for characters that were the focus in another book. Misleading a Duke is one of those, so the reader got to see a bit more of what happened with Poppy and Rhys but having read that first book wasn’t necessary to enjoy this one.
I liked Faith. She’s unconventional, inquisitive, and truly has a good heart. She’s also not afraid to apologize for her mistakes—like spying on her fiancé. Nicholas overacted a bit to Faith’s spying—I mean, he was a spy and lies all the time, who can blame her being curious about the man she’s going to marry—but at least he admits he was out of line. Eventually.
The chemistry between them is solid and both their personalities mesh well to make this a fun, quick read. I’m looking forward to the next book int series!
A.S. Fenichel lives in Missouri. Misleading a Duke is her newest novel.
(Galley courtesy of Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.)