Spies and romance set in historical England... The Marquess Meets His Match by Julie Coulter Bellon (#BookReview & #Giveaway) @juliebellon

Welcome! I'm always in the mood for a sweet historical romance, and this one
has plenty of intrigue to go with it. Check out my review and the giveaway below...

The Marquess Meets His Match
By Julie Coulter Bellon
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 164 Pages
August 15th 2019 by Stone Hall Books


A traitor with a deadly plan. Two agents sent to expose his identity before he strikes. But danger is closer than they think . . .

Lord Christian Wolverton―known as Wolf in a covert group operating during the war against Napoleon―has been called home from his military duties. For the moment, his family responsibilities require him to suspend his more clandestine activities. But information falls into his hands that a traitor will soon try to tip the scales back into French favor and Christian doesn't have much time to stop it from happening.

Going to the one person who can help him, the powerful Duke of Huntingdon, Christian comes face to face with Lady Alice. She's a beautiful member of the ton with a very big secret―she's also a trained agent and already on the case. Forced to partner with her to lure the traitor out of hiding, Christian wants to quickly close the case himself, before Lady Alice is more closely involved. But Lady Alice has ideas of her own and she's going to prove her theories correct―with or without him.

Danger is closer than they think, however, and it's a race against time to expose the traitor's identity before British lives are endangered. Both Christian and Alice have strong opinions on who he is, but which one will be proven right and can they catch him before it's too late?

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My Review

THE MARQUESS MEETS HIS MATCH is a fun story of espionage and romance as the characters try to ferret out an English traitor. Likable characters and plenty of romantic sparks add to the suspense. An overall enjoyable read.

I liked both of the main characters, Alice and Christian, from the start. Alice is poised and plays to society's expectations, but she's also hiding keen intelligence and other talents most gently bread ladies of the ton would be aghast of. Christian is a decorated soldier, loyal, and honest. He also hasn't had a thought of settling down and finding a wife until he come across Alice and finds her so very intriguing. They don't start off trusting each other, but they end up having to work together to find out who the traitor is. There is also a slight love triangle, although there is no secret who Alice will end up with.

I thought the story was entertaining. There is a bit of mystery and danger mixed with an ever developing romance. The romance definitely plays a strong role in the story. The heat level is a little more than what I expected, especially considering the time period and background of the characters, and going in thinking sweet romance. It does stay sweet, but pushes the line a little. There is also a few things that didn't logically make sense to me towards the end as far as the actual technicalities of what happened and when (how did no one hear gun shots and how did the coach even leave?). Otherwise, I felt like the story worked and could be plausible.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a quick and light read that was foremost entertaining. Recommended to fans of G.G. Vandagriff and Donna Hatch. I'm curious to see the other stories set during this time Bellon will write next!

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About the Author

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of nearly two dozen romantic suspense books. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense, Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense and The Captain was a RONE award finalist for Best Suspense. Most recently, her books The Capture and Second Look were both Whitney finalists for Best Suspense/Mystery.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. In her free time she loves to read, write, teach, watch HawaiiFive-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

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