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The Rules in Rome based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I LOVE espionage thrillers! A.L. Soward's books are some of THE BEST! What would you do if your team just killed a man? And what would you do if you happened to look exactly like that man? At the height of WWII Bastien Ley is working in Italy against the Germans. When his team kills an officer that looks just like Bastien he is tasked to take the dead man's identity. Now he is know as "Dietrich, an Iron Cross-wearing German officer." But his real task is to send out information to his team to help them win the war. When Bastien/Dietrich's transmissions become a little sketchy due to lack of sleep they send him a radio operator by the name of Gracie Begni. Gracie has her own agenda. She is out to prove that she can do the job as good as, if not better than, any man. Their cover story? A young couple who met during the war and are now dating. Bastien fights that he doesn't need her, she fights that she is up to the task. Their story is fun and entertaining and captivating and oh so good! Battles ensue, roundups take place, messages are sent, motorcycle rides are taken, picnics are had, and secrets are threatened... And admist it all the two of them will come to "find themselves getting lost in their feelings for each other." LOVE that this WWII story was set in Italy! A FANTASTIC read! Don't miss out on this one!
I've loved reading this author's works set in this time period--WWII. This story takes the reader to a place that doesn't seem to be written about quite as much--Italy. I found it very interesting to read about some of the history and the effects that WWII had on this country, while being thoroughly entertained by the fictional characters and the events surrounding their lives as spies. Gracie endured things that I didn't think she could. She is a normal American girl who is also deeply rooted in her religion. She's been trained to spy and operate a radio, yet when she actually arrives in the field, it's not as easy as she thought it would be. I was on edge in her behalf, many, many times. There's no way I could be a spy, yet I sure love reading about them! Bastien is a tough, almost cold man, yet he has glimmers of warmth within him. His life and many others are on the line and depend on him staying in character. He's very good at what he does. I fell for him, right along with Gracie! I'm a sucker for a good, clean romance and this one was exceptional! My socks were knocked off with that first kiss. I loved the way things naturally and gradually developed. As always, I'm looking forward to more of Ms. Sowards writing. Content: Clean romance (kissing); no language; moderate violence (war violence, not graphic); mild religion (talk of religion, but it doesn't play a major role). *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*