A Christmas Code

A Christmas Code

by Jacki Delecki

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Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love.

Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty's service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery.

Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger.

Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady's heart?

Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150472648
Publisher: Doe Bay Publishing
Publication date: 11/10/2014
Series: The Code Breakers Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,169
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jacki Delecki is the award-winning author of contemporary and historic romantic mysteries, including the Grayce Walters Series and The Code Breakers Series. She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she volunteers with Seattle’s Ballet and Opera companies, as well as leading children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her love of the arts, her gorgeous hometown, and her animal companions, Golden Labs Gus and Talley, have influenced many elements in her stories. Jacki’s extraordinary heroines love and heal. Visit www.JackiDelecki.com for more information.

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A Christmas Code 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another amazing story of intrigue during England's fight with France. The spies who were called to uncover enemy plots and also through it all found love.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
I loved the story! The story was wonderfully told and kept the reader involved with the story line. I loved how Ash was trying to keep his lady safe, while Gwen was trying to prove that she wasn't a wilted flower and able to pull her own weight in helping out. She jumped right in when she needed to help! The plot lines were never slow and the author was able to keep me interested throughout the whole series (that I read in 1 night).
clarkws More than 1 year ago
Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has been in love with Viscount James Henry Ashworth since she was 10 years old. Ash as he is known to his friends is the best friend of Gwyneth’s older brother Cordelier Beaumont – head of the British Secret Intelligence. Cord’s story is told in “A Code of Love” the first book in The Code Breakers Series. Ash is a spy for the British government. Lady Gwyneth longs for Ash to see her as a grown woman and not as the little girl who dogged his every step growing up. When Gwyneth and Ash attend a Christmas house party, a plot to kill the Prince Regent is uncovered. Can they work together to uncover the assassin? Will Ash see Gwyneth as the lovely woman that she has become? Intrigue, danger and poison stalk their steps. This was a great romance. Although, not as strong as the first book and much shorter, it is still a delightful read. “He pulled her hard against him and took her lips in a deliberate, demanding way. He held her tightly as his tongue darted in and out of her warm moisture. Once he felt her soften against him, he lightened the pressure of his lips and ran his tongue along the edge of her lower lip. ‘So sweet.’ And so innocent. What was he doing?” I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first read from this series. I enjoyed the light humor & banter then as the plot thickened to the serious spying for the heroine. The attraction between Gwyneth and Ash was obvious from the beginning and the development of their partnership was certainly worth the read. I always enjoy yuletide stories and this one didn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shallow plot, underdeveloped relationships, implausible Christmas story... At least it was short. And free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a short, but very enjoyable story. I loved the depth that was given to the characters, especially the strength seen in the female. She wasn't one of those ladies who are always getting in the way, like a child wanting to help a parent. Instead she was a young women determined to prove her worth. And despite its length, the story didn't feel rushed. There were not any loose ends, and the love happened at its own pace. A wondeful read.
BJTodd More than 1 year ago
#2 A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki is the 2nd book in the Code Breakers Series. I really love that this regency series is loaded with suspense, intrigue, mystery and romance all at once. This story is a little shorter so not as much depth with the characters’ personalities.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I got this audio for a deal buy the book get the audio for 1.99 I love those deals. This was a very interesting listen with spies, mystery, love, a little passion, killers, along with a woman who wants to be a spy but the man she loves doesn’t want her to have anything in it. This is a short fast pace thrilling read. The author leaves nothing out just gives you a fun story with a great plot. Gwyneth has loved Ash since she was a little girl she plans to show him she is all grow up by helping him spy for their government. Her family is very much behind her as she brings Ash to heel in her plans to get him to marry her. Gwyneth is a fun loving, headstrong women who knows what she wants and goes after it. Not much stands in her way not even the man she loves. She does come across as being younger than she is in both the story and by the narration. Ash does love Gwyneth but his isn’t telling her he just needs to get this last job out of the way and his spying days are down. Once this works out he plans to take Gwyneth in hand and making her his wife. What he didn’t plan on was her having plans of her own and getting in his way to go after the people who are trying to kill the prince. He said no you are not she said yes I am and you can’t stop me. After a long talk with her brother who sets him straight on the ways of a woman’s mind he gives in letting her do enough to keep her happy. Things do not always the way we plan as the author throws in a few twist to make the story interesting and keeps a few characters on the toes. Someone will get hurt or even killed before this is over the question is who and how. The narration of Pearl Hewitt was very good. I really didn’t care for her voice of Gwyneth she sounds very young almost childlike. I did enjoy all the other voices. Her tones were even there was no background noise. Her voice is very clear and even which makes this a great listen. You have no trouble knowing who is talking. Her male voices were very nice. There are no breaks in the audio just a clean clear listen. The narrator tones are even you can tell when the character are angry or excited. I really enjoyed it. The author packs a lot into a little time leaving nothing out you are never left guessing as to what has happen or going to happen. I thought the plot was outstanding. She gives you wonderful characters even the ones who are out to kill the prince you have compassion for. There isn’t a character that you do not like. She does throw a little passion in but for the most part it is a pretty clean read. This is the first I have read/listen to by this author and narrator. I look forward to listening to more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very quick read but full of romance.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this book from Goodreads. It was a very wonderful short novella. I can't wait to read more of this storyline. It is about a young woman who is in love with her brother's friend and they are both British spies during the time of Napoleon, and after. She wants to help at a Christmas gathering and he doesn't her to get hurt. But she ends up helping him to stop the murder plot against the Prince Regent, and he finally tells her that he cares and asked him to marry her. A wonderful story
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
A Christmas Code is the story of Lady Gwyneth Beaumont and Viscount James Ashworth. Gwyneth has been in love with he brothers’ best friend Ash since she was a little girl. Ash wants to settle down and marry Gwyneth but only after his final mission to keep the Prince safe at the upcoming Christmas party. Ash will do anything to keep Gwyneth safe but all Gwyneth wants is to help Ash. When the Christmas party arrives the threat to the Prince may not be the only threat to the young couple. A Christmas Code was a cute holiday novella filled with love and mystery. Ash doesn’t believe Gwyneth can help him but when she saves his life and puts herself in danger for him he begins to see her as an equal. Gwyneth is an amazing strong character who is very perceptive and wasn’t just one of those girls who “thought” she could help but ended up getting in the way. Overall a cute holiday story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out great but fizzled out to a predictable ending very quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and nothing special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it was longer. Nice mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick, short read. Several spies willing to protect the Prince. Almost poisoned to death the love of Ash's life saves him and almost dies herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad little romance with a little mystery thrown in. Enjoyed the characters.