The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The King’s Elite Book 3) by Virginia Heath
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A spy on a mission…Until he meets this heiress!
Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!
And as per usual, it was all his fault. He really did need to work harder at being a better spy.
Lord Gray is changing his life as a “man disowned by his family for losing his entire fortune in the gaming halls at the tender age of twenty-one”. He is working for the King’s Elite as an Invisible, His Majesty’s government highly trained covert spy, but he wants more. He needs Lord Fennimore’s recommendation to command the Invisibles and his next assignment to find “The Boss” in charge of a murderous smuggling ring may be what makes his wish come true. However, will beautiful Impetuous Thea Cranford, the suspected smuggler’s ward, be a hindrance to his plans?
Impetuous Thea had been locked in a box just in case she was tempted by forbidden fruit again and was only rarely, and cautiously, given an airing when the situation warranted—and never to satisfy one of her own selfish whims.
Thea is an heiress and with experience did not trust any young man who claimed he was just interested in her. She had heard rumors about Lord Gray’s unsavory past of gambling his inheritance away, and with her past, didn’t believe his interest in her was due to her personal appeal, but her inheritance. However, why did Sensible Thea desire his company constantly?
This is Ms. Heath’s third book in the King’s Elite series and my second one for review. It did not disappoint. Ms. Heath’s characters are intelligent, feisty, funny and true blue. Not only do I love the protagonists, Thea and Gray, but I love Thea’s widowed and naughty friend, Harriet who has an eye on Gray’s superior, Lord Fennimore. Do I smell a future story there?
Of course, the true hero of the story is Gray’s enthusiastic friend, Trefor. A St. John’s water dog who is “exceedingly loyal, and also completely untrainable”. Or so they thought.
I highly recommend Ms. Heath’s continuing saga of the King’s Elite. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but I suggest you read them all as I am going to do. It is one of my favorite series this year.
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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace insomnia and start writing them down. Fortunately, the lovely people at Harlequin Mills & Boon took pity on her and decided to publish her romances, but it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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