I downloaded this ARC from Netgallery in exchange for a honest review. The book has been released, it came out on 23rd September. You can find more information about it on Amazon, click here.
Even though this was a third book in a series I had no problem picking up the story, it can be read as a standalone you do not have to read the first two books before this.
Warning this review contains spoilers.
A courageous codebreaker, a gentleman with a score to settle, and a past that refuses to stay hidden…
Sarah Brecknell has always had an unusual obsession with numbers. After the unfortunate death of her fiancé, she’s lost her place in society, and her gift has left her alone with a dangerous secret. Sarah must turn to a complete stranger for help–a secret agent in service to the Crown. She has already made one mistake in love. She can’t afford another.
Theodore Markham has plenty of secrets of his own, not least of which his occupation as a spy. Now he is hunting for a traitor. This time is different, though–the rogue was his best friend. The trail goes cold until he meets Sarah, a woman with extraordinary mathematical talents…and an irresistible charm that may be even more dangerous than his adversary.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
I enjoyed this book, it had enough of a mystery and suspense to make you keep wanting to read it to find out what happens next. The books starts off with Charlie’s funeral. He was Sarah’s fiancée and the official story was that he was killed in a highwayman robbery gone wrong, Sarah meets Theo at the funeral as he introduces himself as a friend of Charlie. Sarah is heart broken, and the author wrote the funeral and the following couple of days for Sarah so well that it made me feel upset for her. I thought the book handled the way people grieve well. I showed how Sarah was heart broken after Charlie’s death and always thinking about him, to how it can change to not thinking as much about the person at times but then feeling guilty because it seems like your forgetting about that person even though you’re not.
Initially I thought Sarah was unassuming but Sarah had a witty side. She was a good main character, you wanted her to succeed and solve the mystery. I think one of my favourite quotes of hers was when she asked Theo for his help and she explained how she knew all about the secret spies group Zodiac and how she had guessed about it rather than being told about it.
“It’s not as if it were a particularly challenging puzzle…A random collection of names would have been better”
I liked Theo aswell, but not as much as I liked Sarah for some reason. He was witty and sweet, the scene where he was playing with his niece was so cute. He came across as someone who likes and would be good with children. I think my issue with Theo is that he was engaged to someone else in the book. So technically when he kissed or was with Sarah he was cheating on his fiancée. I know in the book it is explained that Theo and his fiancée are more friends than feeling any passion for each other but I just believe that if you want to be with someone else come out of any other relationship first. I do understand that this was hard in the time period the book is set in but that’s just my thought and so that affect my enjoyment of the book.
I wanted to do a happy dance when finally someone talked sense to Theo. I’m glad Julian gave him advice about having a talk with his fiancée because otherwise I’m sure Theo would have sacrificed his love for Sarah as he though he could not hurt his fiancée.
This book was a good read, if you enjoy a historical romance with some intrigue then give it ago.