Eloquence and Espionage

Eloquence and Espionage

by Regina Scott

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Overview

Eloquence and Espionage by Regina Scott

Sometimes life really is romantic. Bluestocking Ariadne Courdebas never thought she'd play the heroine in her own romantic novel until a chance encounter with handsome intelligence agent Jason Sinclair pulled her into the world of espionage. Now with the help of her sister Daphne and friends Priscilla Tate and Lady Emily Southwell, she's chasing French spies across 1815 London and uncovering treasonous plots that could the shape the outcome of the war with Napoleon, all while pretending to be engaged to Sinclair. It would be perfectly thrilling if she could just manage to secure vouchers for that exclusive club Almack's like all the other debutantes! As secrets and scandals collide, she finds herself wishing for more than just pretend. Can Ariadne use her considerable eloquence to convince Sinclair to play her hero, forever? This clean romantic mystery set in the Regency period features kisses only.

"I really enjoyed this story. Humor, adventure, and romance in one." Just Judy's Jumbles, top reviewer

Excerpt:

He was here. She could feel it. Perhaps it was the whisper of a warm male voice carried on the breeze. Perhaps it was the sight of a top hat on black hair over broad shoulders, disappearing into the trees. Regardless, she wasn't about to let him get away this time. She'd told Daphne she needed a moment to herself for inspiration, something her sister accepted without question having been privy to her flights of fancy since the day Ariadne had been born.

Emily, however, had raised a brow as if she doubted this sudden need for serenity.

"I shall count to two hundred," Emily had told her. "Then Daphne and I will follow you. Be careful."

Very likely wise advice. But Ariadne didn't feel careful and cautious. She felt bold and brave and true. This time, she would catch him.

As if he knew she was after him, he walked faster, and she had to scurry to keep pace, her skirts flapping about her legs. The shadows of the overhanging branches crossed her face like a lace veil, making her blink after the sunlight. She stopped amidst a copse of trees, bushes blocking her view in all directions. She turned in a circle, put her hands on her hips in consternation. He'd disappeared!

"You aren't a ghost," she challenged aloud. "I will find you."

"Why?" a voice demanded behind her. "You must have something better to do with your time than chase after me."

She whirled, but still she did not spy him. "Perhaps I enjoy a little mystery," she said, head cocked to hear his reply, eyes narrowed for the least movement.

"There is appreciating a mystery, and then there is being foolhardy," he retorted.
The sound came from her left, where the bushes were thickest. She purposely turned to her right and strolled closer to the edge of the clearing.

"Is it foolhardy to seek a gentleman's attentions?" she said, keeping her voice calm and curious. "I was under the impression that was the entire purpose of the Season."

"You do not wish my attentions," he said.

She wove a crooked path across the clearing as if detouring around tree roots and leaves left over from the winter. The mossy ground betrayed no sound of her footsteps. "Why not? Are you such a loathsome creature behind that black leather mask?"

His chuckle warmed her more than her quilted blue pelisse. Oh, but she should have worn a cloak when she'd ventured out this morning; it was so much more romantic for a clandestine meeting!

"I have been told I have a pleasing façade," he admitted.

And was rather amused by the fact. Or perhaps he simply knew his worth, like Priscilla. "Then perhaps those broad shoulders are the result of a clever tailor and copious amounts of padding," she said, edging nearer as if to smell a blossom on one of the bushes.

"Possibly," he said. "Or long hours of practice at fencing and boxing."

A shiver ran through her as she made out a shape through the branches. "And of course you have such problems expressing yourself with eloquence."

She was certain she saw his sigh sway the leaves. "Only with you, my dear."

She stopped in front of the bush, convinced he was only on the other side. "You can come out, you know. I shan't bite."

"I might."

The bush rustled as if he were about to push through it, and despite herself she stepped back. "I'm not afraid."

Still he did not show himself. "You should be. You are messing about with things beyond your ken."

She raised her chin. "Espionage is not a mystical pursuit, sir. It is a matter of two people or two countries attempting to outsmart the other. Just as I have outsmarted you." She reached for the limbs, ready to yank them apart and see his face at last.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151452205
Publisher: Regina Scott
Publication date: 06/19/2015
Series: The Lady Emily Capers , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 156,134
File size: 243 KB

About the Author

Award-winning author Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first Regency romance was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of more than 25 years reside in Washington State with their overactive Irish terrier. Regina Scott is a decent fencer; owns a historical costume collection that takes up over a third of her large closet; and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene. You can find her online blogging at www.nineteenteen.com. Learn more about her at www.reginascott.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorreginascott.

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eLynda More than 1 year ago
Best in the Series Yet! I absolutely love that Ariadne finally gets her own book! Her journal’s constant presence and her literary mind made me love her from the first novel in this series and having her front and center in this story, with just a dash of Regency intrigue, makes it my favorite of the series. Reading about characters who either love to read or to write is something that I find irresistible. Maybe it started with Austen’s Northanger Abbey, or perhaps it is the near-breach of the boundaries between reality and fiction, but I really engage with these types of stories. I enjoy tracking with the fictional characters and learning something about my own obsession with the written word in the process. There is something a little bit more in the romance as well—more heart-pounding action and a taste of danger infused directly into the relationship; more kisses to curl the toes, too. And I adore that our heroine is imperfect even as the hero loves her, imperfections and all. She doesn’t have to change to earn his love; she only needs to be herself. Now then, as I’ve binge-read this series, it’s time to pick up book five and find out the rest of the story. Though I must admit, it will be hard to say goodbye to these characters I have so thoroughly enjoyed reading about and watching grow and change through the past four books. For anyone who is considering this series: I highly recommend it, but make sure you start at the beginning to get the full effect and maximum enjoyment! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Regina Scott has penned another entertaining tale in The Lady Emily Capers! Ariadne Courdebas is quite a character and I thoroughly enjoyed her pairing with Agent Sinclair. Secrets, scandals, and spies! Oh my! I delighted in Eloquence and Espionage and look forward to future escapades as this series continues. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Eloquence and Espionage was such a wonderful romp through Regency England. The continuation of the Lady Emily Capers, this story was just so fun. I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the villain was! The author did a good job of keeping me guessing right to the end. I really liked the two main characters and the situation they ended up in together. Ariadne was her usual intelligent self, yet the reader was allowed to see into her thoughts in this story and that was truly enchanting. Jason Sinclair was a great hero. He was brave and smart, yet had a lot of self-doubt and things from the past that haunted him. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing how all the various stories from the previous books continue to come together. This is a sweet and clean romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago