Traitor in Her Arms: A Scarlet Chronicles Novel

Traitor in Her Arms: A Scarlet Chronicles Novel

by Shana Galen

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Two morally compromised souls wage a battle of wits—and seduction—against the backdrop of the French Revolution in this slow-burn romance from bestselling author Shana Galen.

After her late husband leaves her in debt to some dangerous people, Lady Gabrielle McCullough is forced to become a thief. In the intervening years, her skills have not gone unnoticed. After being recruited by the Scarlet Pimpernel, the mysterious do-gooder spiriting aristocrats out of revolutionary France, Gabrielle crosses the Channel for the most daring mission of her life. Accompanying her is the Earl of Sedgwick, a thief in his own right and an enticingly masculine presence. The man is not to be trusted—nor is Gabrielle’s body when he’s near.

Ramsey Barnes would not say he is an honorable man. His whole life has been based on a lie; why change now? Although it pains him to deceive the tantalizing Gabrielle, he’s working toward an altogether different objective: unmasking the Scarlet Pimpernel. If Ramsey fails, his blackmailer will ruin him. But when Ramsey’s confronted with the carnage of the Reign of Terror, he seeks refuge in Gabrielle’s heated embrace. Now he faces a terrible choice: betray the woman who’s stolen his heart—or risk losing everything.

Praise for Traitor in Her Arms

“If you are looking for a fast-paced adventure combined with a passionate romance, then you will enjoy Traitor in Her Arms.”—Rakes and Rascals

“No one writes historical suspense like Shana Galen and Traitor in Her Arms may be her best yet. She brings breathtaking excitement and a fabulous romance between a pair of smart and appealing adventurers. You’ll adore Gabrielle and Ramsey as they face the perils of Revolutionary Paris and the world of the Scarlet Pimpernel.”—Miranda Neville

“Wow. Shana Galen’s latest has it all. The adventure is raw, the danger is real, and the stakes cannot be higher. The intensity of Traitor in Her Arms reaches out and grabs you from the opening page and does not let up until the thrilling climax.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires

“[Shana] Galen has successfully created a touching love story, rife with rich descriptions and fascinating facts.”Publishers Weekly

“I loved everything about this book. Traitor in Her Arms is the perfect romance: sexy, smartly-written, and utterly unforgettable.”New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne

“Those who love historic intrigue, espionage and literary classics will find a good deal to savor in this well-plotted tale.”RT Book Reviews

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399179105
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Series: The Scarlet Chronicles
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 162,247
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Shana Galen is a bestselling author of many passionate historical romps. A three-time RITA nominee, she taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full-time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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A low fire flickered in the hearth, but otherwise the room was shadowy as midnight. Gabrielle did not hesitate, slipping inside and closing the door behind her. She pressed her back against the solid wood and allowed her eyes to adjust.

What she saw was a typical lady’s bedroom. A large tester bed hunkered in the middle of the room, taking up most of the space. The heavy curtains were not drawn, and on the far side she could see a small, elegant desk against the window beside a porcelain washbasin. A pretty dressing table stood at the far wall, beside a door that most likely opened into the dressing room and then the duke’s bedroom. Brushes, combs, and cosmetics littered the table’s surface. She caught a glimpse of sparkle from the jewel of a discarded earring, but she ignored it, her eyes continuing to roam. On the side nearest her, to her right, was a large clothespress. According to the servant she’d questioned, it would be locked as well. When she opened it, she would see the jewelry box. That lock might give her trouble—the more delicate ones tended to be the most difficult—but once she mastered it, Queen Cleopatra’s lapis lazuli necklace would be hers.

With new purpose, she strode to the clothespress, tried the lock, just to be certain, then reached up to extract her hairpin again. She could feel her heart tap excitedly as she slid the metal into the lock. Her breath came in quick, controlled snatches as she twisted the hairpin this way and that. In her mind, a jig played, and she tapped one foot to the tune. It was always thus when she worked—the excitement and fear mixing with the pounding of her blood until she swayed, heady from the combination.


Gabrielle smiled, knowing the lock was hers, and if the lock was hers, so was the necklace.

She swung open the door of the clothespress and stepped closer. Just as she had been told, the jewelry box sat on one of the shelves, beside a pile of white underthings. Gabrielle reached out and lifted the box’s lid.

It opened easily and silently, revealing a treasure of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds. The Duke of Beaumont had been generous to his duchess. But Gabrielle’s eyes scanned the gems quickly, ignoring them, seeing the drawing of Cleopatra’s necklace in her mind. It was a rough piece by current standards, with large rectangles of gold circling the neck, interspersed with beads of lapis lazuli and set off by a large lapis lazuli oval that would have rested in the cleft at the base of Cleopatra’s throat. The pure blue of the mineral in the centerpiece was said to be remarkable.

The necklace was not on the box’s top shelf, as she had been told it would be, but she did not allow the thought of failure to enter her mind. Instead, she lifted a few of the bulkier pieces and searched beneath them. When the necklace was still not to be found, she closed the lid and pulled open the top drawer. More gems glittered, as well as the opalescence of cameos and a collection of iridescent pearls. But no lapis lazuli.

She felt a bead of sweat trickle down her back as she slid the drawer closed and opened the bottom one. She already knew she would not find it.

“Disappointing, isn’t it?” a deep voice murmured beside her.

Gabrielle’s heart jumped, her nerves following, but by sheer force of will, she stilled her body. Blowing out a slow, measured breath, she turned ever so slowly toward the sound of the voice and saw only the door of the clothespress. As she watched—heart pounding so hard she feared it would burst—the door creaked closed, revealing a man on the other side.

“You,” she whispered.

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Traitor in Her Arms: A Scarlet Chronicles Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
krazymama_98 More than 1 year ago
We all know about the madness happening during the French Revolution. When the guillotine was in business all the time. No one had any idea who to trust. What country was safe. How to help someone that you are sure is innocent. Traitor in Her Arms is an exciting, action filled story. With romance right in the center. You cant beat all the action and mystery. I hope you enjoy it.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
I found this story to be very intense in places, but It did not take anything away from the whole tale. It has everything, lies, betrayal, danger, intrigue, death but also has love, friendship and laughter. Some descriptions are frightening but the writing is excellent and propels you along, smoothly, even paced and answers your questions but one. Gabriella and Ramsey have cared for each other from the beginning, but didn't admit it to each other. I could not put this down until I had finished it. I highly recommend this, I think it is worth the time to read. I received this from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully complex, compelling book that will keep you up reading it. I will admit that I have always liked the Scarlet Pimpernel story so I enjoyed his appearance in this book. This story contains a wonderful romance, danger, blackmail and accurate history. Lady Gabrielle McCullough has become a thief to pay her late husband’s debts to some unsavory creditors. Ramsey Barnes, Earl of Sedgwick, is living a lie and will do anything to protect his secret. Gabrielle’s late husband was Ramsey’s friend so they are well acquainted. While attending a ball, Gabrielle is tricked into entering a room and meets, in darkness, a man she believes to be the Scarlet Pimpernel. He wants her for a mission to rescue a mother and child from Paris. Meanwhile, the woman who knows Ramsey’s secret is blackmailing him to discover the Scarlet Pimpernel’s secret. Meeting each other on the ship to France, he insists they travel to Paris together. Paris is where the story really happens and it is too good for me to spoil. I highly recommend this book. Thanks to Shana Galen and the publisher for the ARC. No one has asked me to write a favorable review, but I loved it!
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
Wow!! pretty much sums up my feelings about this book. From the opening words, I lost myself in the story. The twists, the turns, passion, mystery, adventure and intrigue kept me flipping through the pages. At times, I found myself gasping. It was such a wild ride. I was never one for history yet I was fascinated with the French Revolution. While this was not full of the glittery balls and rakes and debutantes that I am use to reading about, I was drawn into the story and did not want to put it down. My heart was sad for Gabrielle and the life she had to turn to as she satisfied her deceased husband's debts. Ramsey has his own burden to bear and also turn to a life of thieving. Together, their chemistry was sizzling. And then there is Scarlet Pimpernel. The name alone should bring a smile to you. I highly recommend this adventurous tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness. This book was good. I have never read revolutionary France before but I will definitely be reading more after reading this book. Shana Galen has masterfully pulled you into this time of danger lurking around every corner. But against this backdrop there is the essential romance between Gabrielle and Ramsey with conflicting conflicts and a HEA that will leave you sighing and wanting more. And how could you not love a book which has an appearance from the Scarlet Pimpernel? I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this book. Nothing was found wanting.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Little did they know they would meet again when trying to steal a precious necklace. When her died while saddling her with his gambling debts, Lady Gabrielle McCullough had no choice but to become a thief or she would have to do whatever was needed to stay alive. When trying to get her hands on a valuable piece of jewelry, she comes face to face with the man she thought at one time would be her husband, but he never asked: Lord Ramsey Sedgwick, who has also turned to thieving because he has secrets that could cost him his life. When Ramsey takes off with the necklace, Gabrielle decides that she will get it back, however, the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel has other plans for her. I have loved Shana Galen’s entertaining historical romantic suspense novels for several years. She always has a fresh take on things and fabulous heroines, but with TRAITOR IN HER ARMS she raised the bar so high, she must have touched the sky. Ms. Galen is an immensely talented author, but even so, nothing could have prepared me for the spectacular tale that is TRAITOR IN HER ARMS. It is truly an astounding book set against the French Revolution, and I can hardly imagine the months of research that went into this epic story, which recalls the great French classics albeit with a fabulous romance thrown in. Gabrielle and Ramsey are extraordinarily complex characters and it was never a sure thing that the love that they obviously felt towards each other would ever come to anything permanent; they have to stay alive, first of all. TRAITOR IN HER ARMS is not a cute little romance with a few bits of French history to justify some action scenes: this book has a very solid plot, with so many ramifications and secondary characters that I can see a very long series in the future. TRAITOR IN HER ARMS is Shana Galen’s masterpiece and I cannot wait for the next book already. The Scarlet Chronicles is a daring endeavour and Shana Galen succeeds beyond my wildest dreams with an extraordinary book that kicks off what will be a memorable and very exciting series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
A French Revolution Adventure. This was an interesting addition to the Scarlet Pimpernel story written by Baroness Orczy in 1905. Whilst the Scarlet Pimpernel only features towards the beginning and end of this story, his trusty lieutenants (Sir Andrew Ffoulkes, Lord Anthony Dewhurst and Lord Hastings) are cleverly woven into the fabric of this adventure along with notes featuring a scarlet flower. Neither Ramsay, Earl of Sedgwick nor Gabrielle, Viscountess McCullough are the most upright of characters, seeing that they are both secret thieves but they work together in order to pull off a jewellery heist (from under Robespierre's nose) and save some innocent lives. I loved the story and I could see it making a great film. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Barbed1951 More than 1 year ago
When Lady Gabrielle McCullough’s husband dies and leaves her with nothing but debt, she resorts to thievery to pay the thugs hounding her to collect on those debts. When she’s recruited by the Scarlet Pimpernel to steal an item that will enable a noblewoman and her young child to escape the French Reign of Terror, she accepts since it will get her out of town and away from the debt collectors. She has no idea what she’s getting herself into until she arrives in Paris and sees the absolute horror that is occurring at every turn. Luckily, she had run into the Earl of Sedgwick on the ship and he helps her navigate through the danger. Sedgwick is a cunning thief as well and he's a man Gabrielle has always been attracted to, but she doesn't trust him at all. Ramsey's in Paris because he’s being blackmailed to find the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel and if he doesn’t, a secret that will ruin his life will be revealed. They join forces and that works out well for a while, but then Ramsey’s blackmailer begins to interfere in the worst way. There are a good many instances of the terrible actions that humans can perpetrate on each other, but also the courage and kindness that come out during such dangerous and terrifying times, as Gabrielle and Ramsey have to figure out a way to escape France and get back to the safety of England. With the French Revolution as a backdrop, the story had plenty of suspense and danger, but there was also an intense and heated attraction between two people caught in a nightmare and clinging to the only good thing in sight. I loved how the conclusion wrapped up nicely. Since I couldn’t see how it could ever work out, I thought the author’s clever solution was delightful. I’m looking forward to seeing where this new series goes next, I’m sure there are lots of missions that will need to be carried out during that dangerous and terrible time.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story so much I was doubly glad that it was a long one because I could enjoy it for more reading hours. Two unlikely people, two thieves, are nonetheless drawn to each other despite their dire circumstances in life. From their first meeting at a ball where they are both attempting to steal jewelry, Ramsey and Gabrielle “play with fire” while dodging creditors and cutthroats in England and Reign of Terror gendarmes in Paris during their daring-do to rescue a couple of citizens from the guillotine. Their experiences along the way are so spectacular and scary they are legendary…and through it all they remained steadfast with each other. This is indeed a swoon-worthy romance. I received a pre-published copy of this book from NetGalley.
BerylMcM More than 1 year ago
A great read! I was slow to get started with this one because I'm not a great fan of the French Revolution (or any other situation involving war or anything close to it), but I've enjoyed other books by this author so I continued, and pretty soon I was hooked. The characters are strongly written, and human, with a selection of faults as well as the requisite good looks etc, and the story moved along quickly (apart from a little too much background detail at times!). The ending was a bit obvious - apart from the requisite romance! - but it was satisfying nevertheless. Looking forward to the next one! I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Miscommunication, unspoken love and redemption lead this story straight into the readers heart. It is very fast paced, full of intrigue and rich with vivid descriptions leading this reader into another world. I loved the friction between Lady Gabrielle and Earl of Sedgwick but as the story unfolded the possibility that these two star crossed lovers would never find a way to be together made me frantic. This book is not all light. There is darkness in it due to the French Revolution but the way it is portrayed intrigued me and honestly was impactful as well as creative. Most people read because they want to escape their life. This book meets that desire. It was finally at the end of the book when I came up for air and said "Wow. What a ride!" that I came back to the present time. I give this 5 STARS for it richness in characters and presentation. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Gabrielle and Ramsey's story. IT was not your typical HR and I enjoyed it that much more because of it. Gabrielle will do anything to survive and that includes stealing. She just didn't know it would lead her back to the "one that got away". Lots of intrigue and secrets to be discovered along the way. I really loved watching Gabrielle and Ramsey interact with each other. Lots of chemistry and banter throughout the story. I'm very excited to see where Galen takes this new series!
LadyC More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and different to read a HR set in the French Revolution. It was such a different view then the typical London Seasons. To find love and goodness amidst such a terrifying time was a victory in itself. Ramsay and Gabrielle find themselves making desperate decisions to save themselves from bad circumstances-little does Gabrielle know it puts her right into the arms of a traitor. This traitor and Gabrielle also have undeniable chemistry and a past. It was an bumpy road from England to France and back but what an intriguing ride it was. Galen was able to bring intrigue, terror, deceit into the mix with love, passion, and forgiveness seamlessy. Looking forward to more of the Pimpernel league!
PamO More than 1 year ago
This review does not contain any spoilers. The story opens in London, during the time of the Scarlet Pimpernel and his daring exploits in saving French emigre's from the guillotine. Our two main characters are Gabrielle, Lady McCollough and Ramsey, Lord Sedgwick. Our heroine and anti-hero meet at a ball, which would be typical in a Regency romance, except for two tiny facts--they meet in the hostesses bedroom, and they are both trying to steal a very valuable necklace! The story continues on a boat to France, with Gabrielle spying FOR the Scarlet Pimpernel, and Ramsey spying to unmask the Pimpernel's identity, all while fighting their attraction to each other. Questions abound; Why do two aristocrats need to resort to thievery? Will Lord Sedgwick find his inner hero before Gabrielle is introduced to Madame Guillotine? Come along with Ms. Galen as she takes us on a thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and romance in Traitor in Her Arms. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review (less)
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for fair review for netgalley. I tend to like Ms. Galens books, this one was not for me. I love romance books, and even though this was one, the romance was not center stage, it was more about thievery. Gabrielle had to resort to being a thief, because her late husband leaves her in debt. Ramsey has secrets he needs to keep no matter what. They are both tasked with stealing the same item, but thru it they have an affair. But what is more important for Ramsey, Gabrielle or the necklace. The book is suspenseful and intriguing
JoRead More than 1 year ago
First book in a new series by the author but just as great as any of her other series. Widowed Gabrielle has no other choice but to resort to thievery to pay off her late husband’s gambling debts or she will have to face a fate much worse than jail. It’s not what she would have wanted to do with her life but at the time there was not much choice left for her. Lord Ramsey never thought Gabrielle would become the remarkable thief she seems to be, but then again they hadn’t talked to each other since before she got married to no other than to one of his good old friends, and way before he got involved in serious troubles of his own. The love story was fabulous! I was drawn to the couple from page one. The relationship they built felt real and feasible and although there was a clear physical attraction they didn’t jump into each other’s bed at the first chance they got. Gabrielle was smart and cautious and even when she started developing feelings for our hero she didn’t let her emotions rule over her instincts and that to me it’s the best kind of heroine there could possibly exist. Ramsey was charmer with a guilty conscience so although he had a mission of his own and tried to convince himself he only had to care for himself, he always tried to protect Gabrielle as much as he could. He truly was the best kind of rogue. We know it’s a romance story and that you know, HEA, but the way the city of Paris during the Reign of Terror was described- it seriously gave me goosebumps. The gory details and that feeling of fear that felt so palpable and real, and the fact that the author didn’t shrink away from any of it for the sake of romance made this book an even more rewarding and enjoyable read. It was a great read indeed and I definitely will continue reading the series. ** I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Traitor in Her Arms' by Shana Galen is the First Book in a New Series called "The Scarlet Chronicles". This is the story of Lady Gabrielle McCullough and Ramsey Barnes the Earl of Sedgwick. Gabrielle is a widow whose husband had left a heavy debt that she is trying to repay via being a Thief. Ramsey was once her husband friend but now he too is having to steal to satisfy a blackmail deal. When Gabrielle is approached by Scarlet Pimpernel to do a job that will give her the money she needs and will save two people she agrees. But the job will take her to France and its unsettling times. Ramsey too has been ask by his blackmailer to find the identity of Scarlet Pimpernel which too will take him to France. Ramsey soon learns that Gabrielle is doing a job for Scarlet Pimpernel he knows that if he gets close to her he can get the information he needs. But at the same time he is learning to care more deeply for Gabrielle...can he betray her trust? "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Great historical read! I was hooked from beginning to end. Gabrielle and Ramsey are great characters with a wonderful chemistry. The story is fast paced with lots of drama, intrigue and emotion. I loved it!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the french revolution is not usually an era used as a backdrop for romantic novels, it's a bit macabre, what with all the losing of heads and blood flowing in the streets. shana galen's traitor in her arms doesn't shy away from any of that. the horrors of revolutionary paris are described in meticulous detail, but not in a way that feels gratuitous or false. the horrors of paris up the ante for our hero and heroine. lady gabrielle mccullough is a thief who finds herself recruited by the mysterious scarlet pimpernel. she's left drowing in debt after her husband's death and her attempt to steal cleopatra's lapis lazuli necklace to finance paying her bills goes awry when ramsey barnes, earl of sedgwick gets there first. she's not sure why he'd be stealing the necklace. he has money. it's likely just a game to him. years ago they shared a kiss in a summer house, but nothing came of it. she's sure he's toying with her the same way he did back then. the truth is more complicated however, ramsey is being blackmailed. his life, his ability to care for his family, is under threat if the truth about his past is revealed to society. he's always been attracted to gabrielle, but he's also known that getting close to her was too great a risk. if everything were ever revealed her position in society would be under threat, and ramsey wasn't about to risk it. when his blackmailer asks him to unmask the scarlet pimpernel he has no choice but to head to paris. when he encounters gabrielle on the ship and realizes she is working with the mysterious do-gooder, he realizes he must stay close to her. his intent is to betray her. but the idea of this kills him. he finds himself helping gabrielle with her task even as his blackmailer grows more determined to have him bow to her will. the story really shines when it gets to the streets of paris. the action picks up, the danger and the horror do too. ramsey and gabrielle find themselves drawn together for reasons that go beyond their mutual safety or their individual missions. there's the connection they've been denying for years, and with death threatening just around the corner, there's no reason to keep apart. **traitor in her arms will publish on august 22, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (loveswept) in exchange for my honest review.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
After her late husband leaves her in debt, Lady Gabrielle McCullough is forced to become a thief. Her skills have been noticed by the Scarlet Pimpernel, the mysterious humanitarian of the French Revolution. Gabrielle is sent to France to rescue a nobleman’s wife and child. Accompanying her is the Earl of Sedgwick, a thief with an agenda of his own. Ramsey Barnes is not an honorable man. His whole life has been based on a lie. Although he doesn’t like deceiving Gabrielle, he’s working toward his own objective: unmasking the Scarlet Pimpernel. If Ramsey fails, his blackmailer will ruin him. Will Ramsey fight for the love of Gabrielle, or his own survival? This is a great love story, but the setting made it a horror novel. It was disconcerting and, at times, I felt I didn’t want to finish it. It was very depressing. At the same time, there was enough action and intrigue involved to keep me reading. The characters were the best part. I liked their evolution from selfish thieves to altruistic adventurers. And, the ending was satisfying, because good things do happen to people who care for others. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I was happy to be invited to read an ARC of this book as I’ve very much enjoyed Shana Galen's other books. The story takes place in England and France at the time of the French Revolution, and brings back fond memories of reading a Tale of Two Cities. I stayed up very late reading this book because I could not go to sleep and leave Gabrielle and Ramsey in peril. The heroine Gabrielle, Lady McCullough is the widow of a friend of Ramsey, Lord Sedgwick who is both more and less than one would imagine. They meet again while they are both attempting to steal a famous jewel, Gabrielle to pay off her husbands debts and Ramsey to satisfy the demands of his blackmailer. The story is a lovely amalgam of daring rescues, perilous times, passion, betrayals and of course true love. I do hope that there will be a story for Alex Martin as well.
Kelly-T More than 1 year ago
Traitor in Her Arms was so much more than I expected. It was a historical romance but it included suspense and action as well. It keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat. Lady Gabrielle McCullough has become a thief so that she can pay off her late husband's gambling debts. The men who come to collect payment are dangerous so the stakes are high. When she goes to steal a Cleopatra necklace, she finds her husband's friend, the Earl of Sedgwick, Ramsey Barnes, has already beaten her to it. She tries to take the necklace from him and is successful but after he distracts her with a kiss, he steals it back. Ramsey has his own debts to pay. He has a secret that he is trying to keep and is being blackmailed by a dangerous Madame and has been stealing for her. Gabrielle is approached by a secret league that works to free innocent aristocrats from Paris's Reign of Terror. Gabrielle agrees to try to help free an innocent woman and child from the guillotine. She has to steal a famous artifact and deliver it to the prison warden. Ramsey has been asked to find out the identity of the head of this League so he and Gabrielle find themselves headed to Paris together. Once there, Ramsey sticks close to Gabrielle to protect her from the viciousness around them but also so that she can lead him to the head of the league. Gabrielle and Ramsey have a great deal of attraction for one another that they try to fight but that is a losing battle. Before long, Ramsey finds himself and Gabrielle in even more danger when the Madame that is blackmailing him gets impatient. With all of the danger they are in, Ramsey finds getting Gabrielle out of Paris may be harder than he thought.
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
This is a well written, passionate, sometimes difficult to read story set during the Paris Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. It's an interesting take on the Scarlet Pimpernel, the "Robin Hood" of rescuing nobility out of Paris from under the judgment of the guillotine. Viscountess Gabrielle McCullough, widow of Ramsey's best friend George, and Lord Ramsey Barnes, Earl of Sedgwick, meet once again in the most unexpected place, the bedroom of a duchess during a ball. Both thieves after the same necklace, even if they hold titles. Gabrielle is a widow in a great deal of debt thanks to her late husband's gambling and Ramsey is being blackmailed! Oh the things one will do when desperate! And so we begin a twisted tale of rescue, redemption and reward with the violence of Paris in the mix. I now know why I've avoided reading this period in history. The Reign of Terror was truly horrible and difficult to read for me. BUT I adored the telling of Gabrielle's bravery, Ramsey's awakening to his true character even if it surprises him and the intricate maze of rescues. This clues you into Ramsey: "He really did want to leave her alone. Forever. Every time they crossed paths he became more and more entangled. He didn't know why. It wasn't as though she was charming or pleasant. But she was beautiful and seductive as hell. Damn it!" Chapter 7 Shana tells a very believable tale of the legend of the Scarlet Pimpernel and who two desperate individuals help others even more disparate than themselves. Thank you for the ARC of this fabulous story!
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
Shana Galen has written another excellent historical romance full of romance, humor and action. Lady Gabrielle was left in debt when her husband passed away and she has been forced turn to stealing to survive. She finds herself recruited by the Scarlet Pimpernel on a dangerous mission to France. Ramsey, Earl of Sedgwick, is determined to accompany her, for reasons of his own. They are drawn to each other, but also at odds because of their separate agendas. This was a fantastic, enjoyable book and I look forward to reading others by this author.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
This story is dark and bloody, but so interesting. I really liked the story and the characters. They aren't perfect and both are struggling to get through life. Gabrielle is struggling to keep her head above water. Her late husband was a gambler and when he died, he left her with a very large amount of debt. So, she learns to steal objects to sell on the black market to pay them off. Ramsey is stealing for a very different reason and is trying to protect others. When they both end up in Paris during a very bloody time, they have to trust each other if they want to make it out alive. Ramsey learns that he is more noble than he thought. Gabrielle is very selfless and realizes that even though she is hounded by creditors, her life wasn't all that bad in England.