A Code of Love

A Code of Love

by Jacki Delecki


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A Code of Love by Jacki Delecki


Threatened by French spies, assassins, and calculating suitors, can Lady Henrietta Harcourt trust the infamous rake, Lord Cordelier Rathbourne, with her carefully guarded family secrets?
In his new, undisclosed position as Director of English Intelligence, Cord faces more peril keeping the brilliant Harcourt family of code breakers safe than he did as undercover spy in Napoleonic France.
Cord's passionate attraction for the indomitable Henrietta hasn't diminished in his four years abroad, but neither has Henrietta's memory of his libertine past.
In pursuit of the missing brother, Henrietta and Cord become entangled in a web of international intrigue, danger, and white hot passion.


Men and Women from the class of privilege risk their lives to defend England against the treacherous designs of Napoleon. They confront disaster, scandal, and passion as they pursue their code of honor and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989939140
Publication date: 02/06/2014
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.
Jacki's love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Her travels to London and Paris ignited a deep-seated passion to write her romantic, regency mystery A Code of Love. Jacki is certain she spent at least one lifetime dancing in the Moulin Rouge.
Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle's Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children's tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle's homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire.
Jacki's two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write both dogs as heroes in A Code of Love.
A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies--a hero's battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don't have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.
To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website: www.jackidelecki.com. Follow her on Facebook-Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

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A Code of Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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 Cord was trying to keep his lady safe, while Henrietta was trying to prove that she wasn't a wilted flower and able to pull her own weight in helping out. Henrietta had been helping the Code Breakers for years, just no one knew! 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
Spies, lies and intrigue with heart pounding romance thrown into the mix – A Code of Love by Jacki Delecki is a fantastic book. This is my first time to read Delecki’s work and I am so glad I stumbled upon her. When Lady Henrietta Harcourt is rescued from drowning by the very man she detests, her life is changed in an instant. Cordelier Richard Beaumont, Earl of Rathbourne is a handsome rogue that Henrietta wants to avoid. She wants nothing to do with the man she believes uses and abuses women. But Cordelier or Cord is not all he appears to be and Lady Henrietta is thrown fully into the dangerous world of spies and Napoleonic intrigue. “He lowered his head with infinite slowness and touched his cool dry lips to hers. He tasted her as if she were a sweet to be savored, nibbling on her lower lip. He played and pleasured her mouth until a trembling moan rose from her throat. She had never imagined kisses like these tender caresses, that made the lonely space around her heart swell with joyful need.” Absolutely loved this book and have already ordered the rest in the series. Highly recommend. I received this book as an Instafreebie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining and intriguing story. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.
BJTodd More than 1 year ago
#1 A Code of Love by Jacki Delecki. This is the 1st book in the Code Breakers Series. “I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.” I started with the 4th book and loved it so much I went looking for the three previous ones! I am thrilled to tell you that I was not disappointed at all with my previous assumptions about the earlier books in this series being just as exciting. Jacki’s first installment of this series is just as complex as the last with multiple strings of suspense, intrigue, mystery and regency romance. Again, these books have multiple genres for many readers.
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
Code Breakers Book One Lady Henrietta Harcourt has been covering for her uncle's mental lapses with English Intelligence for years when her brother is sent to France to utilize their family's infamous code breaking skills. She has attracted the attentions of two intelligence agents from the English and French agencies with her skills. Cordelier Rathbourne, the new Director of English Intelligence, has always had a certain affection for the lady, but her mother's illness pulled her away from the season too early. Will Henrietta's code breaking skills come to light, or will she be able to protect her uncle's reputation while under Cord's scrutiny? If you're looking for a dashing historical mystery, this book is the one for you! Audio Review: Pearl Hewitt narrates the story with the accent necessary for such a story. She doesn't over-act, but her narration isn't just a straight reading. She gives enough punch to keep readers engaged.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romantic suspense story about Henrietta (a female code breaker during Napoleonic times) and Richard, the Earl of Rathbourne (a spy in the administration of England’s war office).  It was quite a romp between the two as Henrietta had known Richard years before as a dissolute rake and was a very independent female…and the overbearing Richard now had to conduct his dangerous spy business while trying to dispel his bad reputation and woo Henrietta at the same time.  An exciting time was had by all as they solved mysteries and wound their way to a happy ending!   A fun romance I can heartily recommend.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
worse historic romance I ever read......had to put one star
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
The members of Lady Henrietta (Hen) Harcourt’s family are experts at code deciphering and her older brother, Michael, has been in Paris on a secret mission, but he has not been heard from in awhile. Hen has trained in the code breaking arts alongside her beloved, but ailing, Uncle Charles, and has undertaken some code work of her own, a very unusual and dangerous occupation for anyone, much less a young woman of good family in early nineteenth century England. When Michael sends Hen a code book for safe keeping, Hen’s life suddenly becomes threatened. Enter Lord Cordelier (Cord) Rathbourne—an unusual name— a renown rake whom Hen has known of for years in social circles—and whom she is secretly attracted to, albeit against her better judgement. Cord knows all about the Harcourt family’s unique talents. After all, he is their superior as the Director of English Intelligence. And years ago, he fell in love with Hen her very first London season, but circumstances cut her promising season short and they fell out of touch. But Henrietta doesn’t know any of this; she only knows that Cord is a promiscuous rogue and she has never approved of him. She’s also very angry at her own unwanted attraction to him. She doesn’t know the real reasons behind his past actions and reputation—he was once a spy in Napoleonic France. Cord has always been attracted to Hen, not only for her beauty but also her keen intelligence and talent at code breaking and he wants the chance to win her heart as well as keep her and her family safe. But he struggles with keeping his job from her while trying to court her. I feel this story is best appreciated in frequent listenings since the strategies and spy games can be somewhat confusing. In fact, I’d say it’s even possibly even more prominent than the central love story which, while pleasing to read, is a little on the tame side rather than searingly passionate. This is not a complaint, however so, if you enjoy your romances on the spicier side, you may be a bit disappointed. But if you like conspiracy, there’s plenty of that here. I feel like I didn’t get to know Cord quite as well as I got to know Hen. I could feel Hen’s fears, her indignation, and her joy; all of these emotions are conveyed very well by Ms. Hewitt. The male characters, in comparison, seem a little stiff and formal, especially the Frenchmen. At the same time, however, Hen also comes across as a bit girlish and young, and her younger brother, Edward, is annoying and I feel done a little over the top for emotional manipulation. What is extremely effective here, however, is the love and protectiveness that Hen feels for her family—her wayward brother, Michael and her beloved and ill Uncle Charles—as well as the love that Cord feels for Hen. This story is rich in its exciting atmosphere of Napoleonic intrigue in both Paris and London, but this audiobook recording reminds me at times of a Georgette Heyer novel of manners. I think it’s because of the narrator, Pearl Hewitt, whose voice sounds more cozy than serious. Her reading, while crystal clear and pleasing to the ear, feels more comforting than suspenseful so I wasn’t quite sure if I should feel fear during the more tension-filled parts of the story or consolation that everything would turn out fine eventually. Which it always does in historical romance. Hewitt’s voice doesn’t quite match the menacing content of this novel. She reminds me of Ruth Stillers’ narration of Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders. This is the first in Jacki Delecki’s Code Breakers series and its Epilogue promises even more adventures to come. A well written and entertaining novel of spies, secrets, and seduction. Note: this review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Cord has been working undercover in France for four years. He left to try and get over the loss of his brother. Before he left he was attracted to Henrietta but she wouldn't have anything to do with him. Now he has returned to England as the head of Intelligence. He is the boss of Henrietta' s uncle and brother. They are excellent code breakers and secretly Henrietta is the best of them all. She still doesn't want anything to do with Cord but she has to find out what happened to her brother who is missing. When Henrietta is sent a code book her life and her families are in danger. She will have to learn to trust Cord. Henrietta is a great character. You see from the start she is very smart and not one to be turn by a handsome man. She isn't afraid to rush into danger if she can save her family and she works hard to help her uncle. Cord may have been a rogue in the past but he has changed. He really wants Henrietta to see how he is changed. He is a hard worker and does his best to protect his charges and help England. This is a very intriguing book that has tons of twist and turns. You always wonder who is really working for what side who is behind it all and danger is always around. Cord still finds time to try and woo Henrietta and he sees the wonderful woman for all she is. Where others would shun her I'd they knew she was a code breaker he doesn't. He just has to make her see he is worthy of her. There is plenty of twist and turns I didn't see coming. A few where funny like Code' s aunt. There is tons of action and I look forward to the next book.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Set in 1802, the peaceful time between England and France, and just before the ascension of Napoleon, Jacki Delecki has penned a wonderfully rich Georgian-era historical romance with plenty of suspense and intrigue to please the most discerning of readers.  Lady Henrietta is a wonderfully intelligent character, and even more intriguing, with her family’s work for the Home Office Intelligence division; she was allowed to use her skills in deciphering the coded messages sent in wartime. While she has acceded to the norms for society: debutante ball, stringent behavioral expectations, she has been the family stalwart in caring for her mother until her death.  Marriage is now expected, and while she understands the expectation, she wants a man who will recognize and respect her work for the home office, if not join forces with her to aid in the protection of the home country.  Cord, Earl of Rathbone, is newly ascended and deeply guilty over his position. His elder brother’s death gave this second son the title, and this reformed rake is determined to protect his family and serve his country with his skill at code deciphering.  Familiar with Henrietta, her exuberant and self-assured approach to life intrigues him, especially as she displays zero interest in him as a man.   These two are delightful foils for one another; their bantering is brilliantly conceived and quite amusing as early on only the reader understands they are both working for the same side.  Additionally, Henrietta only knows Cord’s past behaviors and reputation, and is unaware of the efforts he has put forth since inheriting the title.  Now Cord is determined to protect those in his family and circle, and his admiration and attraction to Henrietta place her firmly in his sights.   I really enjoyed the opportunity to see a woman use her intelligence, and to finally be accepted for her skills and use, even though it was a hard revelation for Cord.  I will say that once the two started to trust in one another, and Cord was able to see Henrietta’s sense and skill, and appreciate the daring with which she would tackle every task their connection deepened and enriched the story as their romance was a given and not a maybe.  With plenty of secondary characters to add to the suspense, insertions of historical detail to set the scene and solidify the world-building, this story kept me engaged and involved wondering just what would be happening next.  Readers of historical fiction who appreciate a strong female protagonist, accurate historic insertions, romance and a good story will enjoy this read.  I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review with Tasty Book Tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.