A Reckless Soul

A Reckless Soul

by Elizabeth Cole


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A seductive agent, a disillusioned lord, and a web of deceit only they can untangle...

Sophie Bertrand is skilled in acting, espionage, and the subtle art of seduction. An independent spirit, she fought her way from rough streets to the top secret circle of spies known as the Zodiac. Her newest assignment is one of her most delicate yet: hunt down a traitor within Britain's own government. But there's a catch...this time she can't work alone.

Bruce Allander has a title, honor, wealth...but he'd trade it all to restore his family. The Zodiac gives him a chance for justice in a world that's already taken too much from him. Now he finds himself close to this captivating Frenchwoman--possibly too close. Sophie defies all his expectations, yet in her he senses a kindred soul.

Passion draws the two together, but a web of betrayals threatens to tear them apart. To survive, they have to trust each other. They have to be a little reckless...

The second novel in the Secrets of the Zodiac series: Full-length historical romances, featuring sexy storylines, complex characters, and international intrigue, set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499114577
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: Secrets of the Zodiac , #2
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Cole is an author of both historical and contemporary romance. Previously, she worked in bookshops, libraries, and archives...anywhere there were books to be read and cared for. Now she can be found hanging around museums, coffeeshops, and (occasionally) graveyards. In addition to her sweet Regency novellas, Elizabeth is currently writing the Secrets of the Zodiac, a series of romantic spy thrillers also set in the Regency period.

Elizabeth loves hearing from readers. Connect with her at elizabethcole.co

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A Reckless Soul 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and I loved Sofia & Bruce
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and easy to read a different side to the classical time setting wonderful heroine.
blaise_zillah More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this not as much as the first book but i was still intrigued by the characters and how things developed. I look forward to more of these books.
DABALE More than 1 year ago
Sophie Bertrand is a product of the Parisian theatre, tossed to the streets when her mother was killed during the purge of the Revolution. With the frame and ability to present herself as either male or female - and an attitude to match - Sophie was offered reprieve by a British gentleman who whisked her away from the terrors of France and transformed her into a spy for her adopted country. As the only female of the Zodiac, Sophie works alone to maintain her carefully guarded secret, until she is teamed with another agent to stop a traitor among their ranks. Lord Forester, aka Bruce Allander to his friends, is an intimidating specimen within the British ton - not for his looks but for his dizzying physique. But he doesn't have time to humor mothers who toss their available daughters his way. He'd much rather be working the lands of his family estates or traipsing behind enemy lines for the sake of his country. But when his newest mission involves rooting out a turncoat in Parliament, Bruce would rather be anywhere than playing husband to a female agent among expatriates in the north country - especially when the agent's allegiances are called into question. After reading the first in this series, I was a bit disappointed with this second outing. Though I enjoyed seeing how Sophie had made an unnamed appearance in book one, I felt that the characterizations here were not fully developed - though they had opportunity to be. It was almost like there was so much background to Sophie to hint at without any of these given enough attention, the depth of her character never completely came through. For my tastes, Bruce often came across as almost girlie and sappy instead of a strong and capable agent in his own right. The characters swung back and forth like a pendulum so much that they never felt like flesh and blood people with solid internal motivations. The story continued to move forward, but at times it bogged down with too little to do when the couple traveled to the north country to join the expatriate community. Their purposes were lost in the odd assortment of drug parties, trading partners for sexual favors, and a sense of an almost orgy atmosphere that the players engaged in instead of continuing to explore the grounds and seek out the traitor in their midst. Perhaps this was common in that era, but too much of the side games caused the story to lose focus for me. This round also had waaay too much pronoun usage that detracted from the sense of immediacy to the story, getting a little too much into telling at times instead of showing. The beginning was especially noticeable and made it difficult to get into the story. However, once again the point-of-view delineations were spot on with proper scene and chapters breaks to switch characters. Editing was better here, with only a couple of missing small words as before and a use of mind instead of mine. Again, language and a lot of innuendo, drug usage, and skin make this one for mature audiences. Decent structure but a rambling storyline and characters that didn't stay true give this one three stars.
Annette_Gisby More than 1 year ago
What do you get if you cross James Bond with Jane Austen? You wouldn't be far wrong with this book by Elizabeth Cole. Sophie Betrand, French by birth, has learned to survive on her wits. With nowhere to go after the death of her mother at the guillotine, Sophie spent a lot of time on the streets just trying to survive and has learned a hard lesson: you can't trust anyone. Now in England, she is an actress by trade, but is now also an agent of Zodiac which deals in threats to the British Crown. Bruce Allander is a nobleman who is more likely to be found helping his workers in the fields than gallivanting around London to attend balls, gambling dens or whorehouses. He too is an agent of Zodica, although he and Sophie usually work alone. For their next assignment, the two of them are to work together and pretend to be a married couple. Neither of them are happy about it and even less so when it was revealed that there may be a mole within Zodiac itself, seeling secrets to the French. Could one of them be the mole? And who can they trust when the can't even trust each other? This was a wonderful, romantic adventure. Yes, it's a regency romance, but there are no shy wallflowers here waiting to be asked to dance. Sophie goes after what she wants and she is a very feisty and brave heroine. I took a bit longer to warm to Bruce, at first he seemed very remote and aloof, but as the story progresses you learn more about him and his past and can see why he finds it hard to trust, as does Sophie. The love scenes were sensual and tasteful, without being overly explicit. It was more about the emotional connection the characters made than the physical. Their assignment is fraught with danger at every turn and they gradually let their guard down around each other, but that's when things start going very wrong. You are breathless with anticipation wondering if they can ever get out of these predicaments and get a happily ever after that they both deserve. My only niggle was the American spelling in an English-set book, but after a while I didn't care, as I was too keen to see what happened next to our two leads. Filled with espionage, romance and a rollicking adventure of a story, it's a fantastic read. 
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Sophie Bertrand was awesome!!! What a great character!!!!  I absolutely loved and admired her! This was such a fun read! It was so enjoyable and I could not put it down! Sophie was a street kid. She grew up taking care of herself and is now a part of a group of spies called Zodiac. Bruce Allander is a part of high society but what he really wants is justice.  Although him and Sophie couldn't be any more different they are also the two that understand each other best.  I loved Sophie and Bruce as a couple. They each pushed each other out of their comfort zones.  Sophie is use to working alone and taking care of herself. She is not pleased to have to work with Bruce.  Bruce is also use to working alone and has certain ideas about how things should be including Sophie.  She obviously defies Bruce's notions of  what her role should be.  Aside from the great connection that they shared is the mystery surrounding the traitor.  I loved how the author balanced this mystery.  I really enjoyed this book and plan to read more by this author!
achickwhoreads More than 1 year ago
A Reckless Soul is the second book in the Secrets of the Zodiac series. Elizabeth Cole's writing style is similar to Elizabeth Hoyt, Julia Quinn and Amanda Quick. Sophie is a spy for the Zodiac and she's a good one. Bruce is as well. But when they are put on assignment together personalities clash, partially because Sophie is a woman. This is the kind of Regency that I can't put down. There's more intrigue than romance here, but things are definitely heating up with Sophie and Bruce, even though they have issues with each other and the job that they are doing. Neither wants help on the assignment they have, and would rather be working alone. However as they start the task, they grow closer and more intimate. Love is definitely in the air, until things start to go terribly wrong. Both come close to losing their lives and there's a double agent in the Zodiac.  It is impossible not to love Sophie. She's a heroine that is strong but not without emotion. The flashbacks Ms Cole gives us of Sophie's mother will break your heart and make you want to hug Sophie. She definitely is a woman that needs some love, even though she is strong and independent. Bruce is a tough nut and one you'll want to hit with a stick because he refuses to trust her even when she saves his life. He lets some pretty low people cast doubt on her character.  This was a fabulous read! I look forward to more books from this series.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
It 's a romantic suspense romance set in the early nineteenth century. Sophie works as a spy for an association called the Zodiac. She likes to work alone and is very good in recovering useful information seducing men. Bruce, another component, is a viscount but is not afraid to get his hands dirty, he likes to work alone too. Aries, their leader, gives them a mission to play together: the two are opposed at first, then understand that the success of the operation need each other. It 's a book full of twists and adventure, it's really well written, sliding with a fast pace and compelling I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A RECKLESS SOUL by Elizabeth Cole is an intriguing Regency Historical Romance set in 1806 England. #2 in "A Secrets of the Zodiac" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "A Heartless Design". Fast paced and adventure filled from beginning to the very last page and beyond. Filled with spies, traitors, betrayal, justice, trust, passion, and romance. You do not want to miss one moment of this intriguing and exciting tale of passion and A Reckless Soul. Follow Sophie Bertrand and Bruce Allander into a web of betrayal, as passion draws them together, they must trust one another, to survive. A must read tale of espionage and romance. I would highly recommend A Reckless Soul to anyone who enjoys not only, an awesome read, but readers who enjoy espionage, romance,the power of love and passion. An awesome read. The characters are engaging. The storyline is thrilling, exciting and a page turner. Well done!! I can't wait for the next in this amazing and exciting series. Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More