Review: Claimed by the Spymaster by Tara Kingston

Claimed by the Spymaster by Tara Kingston
Release Date: August 17, 2011
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages:  90 pages
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Russian actress Valentina Baranova travels to England to marry, but the arrangement is definitely not a love match. Betrothed to a cunning and ruthless English lord, she’s the sweetener in a deal that will put stolen British documents in Russian hands and curry the czar’s favor for her father. Determined to escape her loathsome intended, she flees him—and promptly falls into the hands of his most bitter enemy. An enemy who stirs her like no other.

Spy for the Crown, Alec Jameson, Lord Carrington, is on a mission—unmask the traitor responsible for his brother’s death before the blackguard can further betray Queen Victoria’s empire. Capturing Valentina to use as bait, he spirits her away from London. Despite his efforts to resist the alluring captive he’s snatched from his enemy’s grasp, Alec claims Valentina in the most carnal way possible. Once the beauty has been in his bed, he wants her for his own. But she must lay siege to a long-untouched part of Alec’s existence—his heart.

Review: Claimed by the Spymaster was a sensual and quick moving read. This was my first book by Tara Kingston and to say the least I was impressed. She puts forth effort into her characters in making you understand their weaknesses as well as their strengths. She’s one of those few authors who doesn’t overwhelm the reader with too much internal mumbo jumbo. In fact, if anything I’d like to know more about the hero and heroine.

Valentina was completely believable and relatable. While beautiful yet sensual she was vulnerable in her life. I however would have liked there to have been more time with her. She was more complex I feel and I wanted to get to know her more. Again and attribute to the author’s skill.

The same thing goes with Alec. He was a hero that is indeed an alpha but still had some beta challenges in life. The third son of nobility he never expected to inherit. But he indeed did and is out to avenge his brother. I’d love to have known more about him, his family and more of the details of his time growing up.

The chemistry between the too is fast and mutual. You’ll enjoy it immensely.

All and all it was a great read. I look forward to reading more of my Kingston’s work.

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