The Counterfeit Mistress

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THE BEAUTY. THE SPY. AND THE BEHOLDER.
From the beloved New York Times bestselling Madeline Hunter comes this riveting historical romance, in which a darkly handsome nobleman is determined to unmask a delicate and mysterious young beauty...

A refugee from the war in France, Marielle Lyon has established herself at the fringes of London society. Claiming to be the niece of an executed aristocrat, Marielle welcomes the gossip ...

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Overview

THE BEAUTY. THE SPY. AND THE BEHOLDER.
From the beloved New York Times bestselling Madeline Hunter comes this riveting historical romance, in which a darkly handsome nobleman is determined to unmask a delicate and mysterious young beauty...

A refugee from the war in France, Marielle Lyon has established herself at the fringes of London society. Claiming to be the niece of an executed aristocrat, Marielle welcomes the gossip that she is a spy. The more eyes she has watching her, the better protected she is—and the better chance she has of saving her father’s life.
 
A warrior at heart, Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, would still be in uniform if not for his older brother’s untimely death. After all he’s seen, Kendale doesn’t trust the French—or their femmes fatales. He has set up a surveillance network to ferret out undercover agents, and he believes he’s found one in the delicate, mysterious Marielle.
 
Ready to pounce on his tempting prey, Kendale arranges a meeting with Marielle, who is more beautiful and more cunning than he anticipated. But the Viscount is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask her—even if it means playing a game of seduction…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Bestseller Hunter (The Conquest of Lady Cassandra) stumbles with this passionless historical tale of an English spy-hunter and a young woman who’s determined to rescue her father from French revolutionaries and bring his nemesis to justice. Former soldier Gavin Norwood, Viscount Kendale, has been following Marielle Lyon for over a year, trying to gather proof that she’s a French spy. When she’s attacked in an alley, he comes to her rescue and is forced to admit his interest is personal as well as professional. Marielle isn’t above using his obvious lust against him, especially if it will help her bring down the evil Antoine Lamberte, who had her father arrested and is still hunting her in France. The plot drags and the story offers few surprises, as all loose ends are eventually wrapped up with minimal effort. Despite the attention to period detail, even Hunter’s most ardent fans may have trouble staying awake through this lackluster story. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-03
As a French emigré, Marielle Lyon is playing a dangerous game; her compatriots aren't completely convinced she's who she claims to be, while the English are convinced she's a spy. Trying to decipher the enigmatic female leads Viscount Kendale to some sexy encounters and some surprising truths, as well as the terrifying prospect of losing his well-guarded heart. Marielle knows she's under constant surveillance, but being smart, beautiful and cunning has generally kept her safe, even from the handsome nobleman Viscount Kendale. Certain that she is easily able to evade his scrutiny when necessary, she is both disillusioned and grateful when he shows up at a rendezvous to catch her red-handed but winds up saving her life. Then, when he tries to keep her under his watch while she heals so he can get to the bottom of her mysterious activities, she eludes him through some very sultry invitations and a well-tied scarf. Entranced, impressed and annoyed, Kendale makes it his personal mission to track her down and learn her secrets, but the more he hunts her to ground, the more he realizes her secrets are personal and have, in fact, put her in grave danger. Unconcerned for her own safety, the brave girl is determined to save her father, imprisoned in France, which is impossible, since the countries are at war. Somehow, though, Marielle takes steps to sneak across the Channel, and what choice does a gentleman have but to follow the woman he loves into a ridiculous rescue attempt, especially if he and his men might be the best possible hope for success? Madeline Hunter uses a popular Regency spy angle to intriguing effect, keeping readers--and Kendale--guessing as to Marielle's true intentions, while creating a sizzling frame of sexual tension through Kendale and Marielle's seductive dance of truth, daring and consequences. A smooth, sexy and sophisticated spy-themed Regency romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515151381
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 167,934
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeline Hunter has published twenty-three critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Timesand USA Today bestseller lists. More than five million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA Awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    LOVED IT

    The romance is this historical book is lovely. This independent woman really puts the famous earl in his place and makes him "eat crow." Like he told his friend, he had to seduce her and then woo her for months before she finally would marry him. One chapter is absolutely hilarious with "misconceptions" on the earl's part. Madeline Hunter is a great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Hunter always delivers a great and compelling story- you will not be sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Liked it

    Really enjoyed the last book in this series, couldnt wait for this one, good characters, complex storyline, slow at the outset, but better in the second half. I enjoyed it and will definitely get the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Part of a wonderful series

    Love this series...Madeline always has great characters...the women are strong and the men learn to understand and accept them!

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I really enjoyed this book. There was so many secret things in the book and all the emotions from the story, it was exciting. I love this author and you can never go wrong with her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Loved it!

    I always enjoy books from Madeline Hunter, and this was no exception. This book was about the developing romance between Viscount Kendale and French emigree, Marielle Lyon. It also contained several intriguing subplots. There is even the question of whether Marielle is actually a French spy. The Viscount is a former soldier who gave up the military life to assume the title after his brother's death. However, he actually is still a military man an at heart. The character development and plots were excellent, and the book was moderately steamy. I'd defintely recommend this to fans of historical romance.

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    Posted October 2, 2013

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