When Rose Farthingale is saved from the rubble of her pottery workshop, she knows that she must repay this debt to her handsome rescuer by abducting him (at his family’s desperate urging) in order to save him from the clutches of the scheming woman he is presently courting and intending to marry. But Rose never expects to be abducted with him, or to fall in love with him over the course of their captivity.
Viscount Julian Emory is a secret agent of the Crown on an important mission to destroy the spy ring Napoleon has established in London. The woman he’s pretending to court is one of Napoleon’s most important spies, for only she knows the identity of the traitor within the royal inner circle. He’s purposely encouraged the courtship and marriage rumors in the hope she will make a slip and disclose the traitor’s identity, but his meddlesome family has just ruined his plans. By forcing him into close quarters with Rose Farthingale, they’ve put both his mission and this delectable innocent in danger. Can he keep himself from falling in love with Rose long enough to bring down Napoleon’s spy organization?
Review: Mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of sizzle, The Viscount’s Rose sucks you in right away! I loved the family dynamics that are between Lord Julian Emory, the Tenth Viscount Chatham, his matchmaking sister, Nicola and the infamous, Rolf! Right from the start I was grinning as Nicola, as any typical sister, badgers her tolerant brother into doing something he truly has no desire to to, meet his little sister’s best friend.
But Rolf isn’t a regular debutante, nor does she wish she were! An explosion later, and an impromptu rescue have Julian rethinking this introduction–but for different reasons than before. Rose–nicknamed Rolf–is anything but ordinary and the attraction is immediate. All this happens in the first few pages!
I loved how Meara wove the historical aspect of Napoleon threats, the added mystery of a spy ring and romance interwoven throughout! But what happens when Julian has to pretend to court one woman, Countess Dechanel, when his heart is falling in love with another?
I’ll tell you.Drama. Plotting. Kidnapping–to name a few.
One of my favorite aspects of this book is of the Farthingale family, and the shenanigans that they they pull! Rolf’s young twin sisters steal the show many times, and always add a dimension of mischief and delight as the plot continues to thicken within the book. I kept shaking my head over Nicola’s antics, her plots and her determination to save her brother from, well…his job. (I won’t give away the details, dear reader, I promise you’ll want to know on your own!)
But by far, my favorite aspect is the sexual tension between Julian and Rolf–and how it grows and deepens with each page. It’s a beautiful love story, one that had me giggling, blushing, and delighted with each turn of the page. Well done, Meara! I give this five roses that rule!