‘A License to Wed’ by Diana Quincy

altw dqSTORY: Lady Elinor Dunsmore made the mistake of falling for her older brother’s best friend, who vanished after a night of unbridled passion. Six years and a lifetime later, their eyes meet across a Paris salon. Her friends and family believe she’s dead, but Elle is very much alive. She’s now associated with a ruthless general, who wants her to seduce the man who broke her heart in order to learn his deepest secrets. Is Will a mild-mannered scholar—or the notorious agent they call The Razor?

The bastard son of an earl and an actress, Will Naismith always knew he was an unsuitable match for Elle Dunsmore, no matter how powerfully he ached for her. And yet he almost allowed his desires to spoil her glittering future. After the agony caused by Elle’s supposed death, Will has devoted himself to the Crown, but his entire life has been leading up to this unexpected reunion. As much as he still wants her, though, he must not succumb to lust once again. For his mission is delicate—and Elle is delectably dangerous.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

REVIEW: England – 1796

Lady Elinor (Elle) Dunsmore is tipsy from drinking too much champagne at a party to celebrate her 18th birthday. Elle is the daughter of the Marquess of Aldridge of Langtry House. Her mother has passed away.

Will Naismith has been a friend to Elle for many years. He is also a friend of Elle’s brother, Cosmo. Will is the bastard son of an Earl and an actress who left Will with his father to raise and moved on with her life. He has always been in love with Elle and is sad to know she will soon leave for London for her first Season. Tonight, he too has been drinking some champagne while also trying to keep an eye on Elle. She is trying to entice him to slip off into the dark with her. When she drunkenly decides to jump in the pond for a swim, Will jumps in to rescue her. Elle tells him that she loves him as well and they make love.

Soon, Will hears that Elle has married a very wealthy French Comte and she subsequently died giving birth along with her baby. For five years he has mourned for her. But one day, he sees her in Paris. She is being escorted by General Gerard Durst, a member of Napoleon’s inner circle and she is reputed to be the man’s mistress. It appears that she is now a widow. When they meet again, Elle is shocked to see Will again. He claims that he is simply a numismatist and is in Paris to authenticate an ancient coin. But that is just a front he uses as he is an operative for England.

Elle soon learns that the child she bore, Susanna, is actually alive. General Durst claims that he has her child and will give her to Elle but first she must seduce an English operative known an Le Rasoir.

This is a great romance with a lot of suspense. I enjoyed the story and know other readers will enjoy it as well.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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