Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Counterfeit Heart by K.C. Bateman

Sportochick's Musings ~ Resourceful strong woman has always interested me and this book shines with the primary female character of Sabine de la Tour.

A Counterfeit Heart

Secrets and Spies #3

by K. C. Bateman

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Publisher ~ Random House Publishing Loveswept
Genres ~ Historical Romance

As Sabine de la Tour tosses piles of forged banknotes onto a bonfire in a Paris park, she bids a reluctant farewell to her double life as a notorious criminal. Over the course of Napoleon’s reign, her counterfeits destabilized the continent and turned scoundrels into rich men, but now she and her business partner must escape France—or face the guillotine. Her only hope of surviving in England is to strike a deal with the very spy she’s spent her career outrunning. Now after meeting the arrogant operative in the flesh, Sabine longs to throw herself upon his mercy—and into his arms.

Richard Hampden, Viscount Lovell, is prepared to take any risk to safeguard England from the horrors of the French Revolution. To lure the insurgents out from the shadows, he’s even willing to make a pact with his archenemy: Philippe Lacorte, the greatest counterfeiter in Europe. But when a cheeky, gamine-faced beauty proves herself to be Lacorte, Richard is shocked—and more than a little aroused. Unlike the debutantes who so often hurl themselves at him, this cunning minx offers a unique and irresistible challenge. Richard will help her. But in return, he wants something that even Sabine cannot fake.

Resourceful strong woman has always interested me and this book shines with the primary female character of Sabine de la Tour. The opening chapter does a lot to setup Sabine for the reader and throughout the book the reader will be enthralled by her multi-faceted personality. Her interaction with Richard Hampden, Viscount Lovell, is filled with twists and turns keeping the reader engrossed in the story.

Poor Richard he thinks he is in charge but throughout the book Sabine sends him on a merry chase causing him to finally meet his match. Of course, I do like when a strong alpha man is thwarted occasionally and his frustration of losing control is priceless. The reader is given a glimpse of what makes him tick so they understand why he is so insistent about Philippe Lacorte helping the English.

Both primary characters are well developed and the constant verbal sparring between them will make the reader smile in anticipation of how or if they will unite. For this reason, I give it 4 stars.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

My Reviews Of The Series ~ 
To Steal a Heart #1 - Not Reviewed
A Raven's Heart #2 - My Review
A Counterfeit Heart #3 - My Review

A master at decoding complex messages, Heloise finds Raven frustratingly hard to read, but as their lives hang in the balance she’s determined to unravel his secrets and unlock his dark, elusive heart…

Kate Bateman (writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she'd 'never finish the thing.' She gleefully proved him wrong with an historical set in the Italian Renaissance. Now writing for Random House Loveswept, her latest 'Secrets and Spies' Regency-era trilogy features her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss—all mixed up in the intrigue and turmoil of the Napoleonic wars.

When not traveling to exotic locations 'for research,' Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a husband who has flatly refused to read any of her books 'unless she hits the NY Times Bestseller list.' It is - naturally - her fervent desire to force the semi-illiterate, number-loving cynic to do so. He still owes her that dollar.

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