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Library JournalSuccess isn’t in the cards for Alexandra Langdon, losing her last £100 to Garrett Sinclair, the Earl of Kendall, at the Duke of Hammond’s ball. Though dressed as Mr. Alex Daniels, she at least had an even chance. So why did Kendall return the blunt to her? Then Alex overhears a murderous plot against that same lord, but convincing him of the danger is another matter, until they are waylaid on the road. Alex is knocked unconscious, and Kendall uncovers her secret—or so he thinks. He wants Alexandra’s aid in thwarting the murder scheme, and as long as Kendall doesn’t know her true identity, Alex will play along. But does he have to be so distracting? As one of the few survivors of the deadly Crimean battle of Balaclava, Garrett can use all the distractions Alex provides as well.
Verdict A 2011 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist, Morgan’s debut novel hits many of the right notes. Both of the protagonists are trying to conceal old torments, making them a perfect match in wit as well as emotion. Perhaps too much of the plot is settled “off stage” for readers who like to be in on the action, but that’s a minor quibble. Also, a bit less “crushing” would have been welcome, but this is a first novel and a well done one at that.—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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