No Ordinary Mistress

Robyn DeHart
No Ordinary Mistress
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
March 2014
Historical Romance

London, 1814

Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he's assigned to play the part of lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can't forget, he'll have to risk his heart as well as his life.

It isn't easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion.

Pretending to be his mistress isn't difficult - remembering that it is all a charade is a challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 25, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
91 people found the following review helpful
The summary of NO ORDINARY MISTRESS drew me to read this book, and while the premise was intriguing and has promise, I felt the short length of the novella didn't do the story justice.

Emma Masterson didn't want to work with fellow agent Remy Hawthorne, because the attraction between them was too intense, and she didn't know how she was going to keep her hands off of him. What happens when she was assigned to play his mistress?

Right from the first page, we are dropped into the thick of the action, with Emma reliving a kiss from the night before with her partner and boss, Remy. And while this snags our attention and interest right off the bat, I also felt this is where the book's flaws are, ultimately. I think I would've liked to witness the couple's first kiss and Emma's firsthand reaction, rather than her later musings. In the same way, a lot of the scenes in the story were told rather than shown, maybe due to meeting some prescribed word count or deadline, and this takes away a lot from the reader's enjoyment of a well-written tale.

As a result, the book has a rushed quality to it, and I was not able to immerse myself fully into the author's world or get invested enough in the characters to care much about them.

Also, it's obvious that this is merely a part of a bigger tale, as Emma's objective to find the villain was never fulfilled, sidelined by the threat to her life.
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