Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Explosive-Charlotte Mede

Explosive
Charlotte Mede
Kensington Brava, Jan 2008, $14.00
ISBN: 9780758223654

In 1818 Marquess Gray Dalton, still recovering from the opiate his enemy’s operatives used to capture him, meets Devon Caravelle, mistress to high ranking French official le Comte, in a dank cell. Each has a need that they believe the other can fulfill. They need each other to decipher a secret code hidden in Beethoven's third symphony, "Eroica."

Both have a reputation for remaining calm almost aloof under dangerous situations. Yet each desire the other, but conceal those feelings out of fear that weakness would expose them. They each try to take charge of a game of seduction even as enemies from both sides of the Channel threaten to end their duet in death.

This is a great espionage Regency romantic suspense that grips the audience from the first encounter in the prison cell in which on the surface Grey is Devon’s prisoner, but readers will soon realize they are each other’s prisoner. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down from that superb opening act while the tension on several levels including the heart is palpable. Charlotte Mede provides an excellent EXPLOSIVE historical romantic thriller that readers of any era will relish

Harriet Klausner