Historical Romance, Interracial Romance, Civil War
Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.
Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton’s Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.
Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy’s favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . . .
I want to say so much about this book, it’s just so damned good that I’m kinda castigating myself that it took me so long to read it.
Alyssa’s words and story drew me in rapidly and let me experience the feelings, adventures and worries of the main characters with astounding ease. The intrigue of a former slave fighting to free her fellows just grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let me go.
Alyssa’s deft touch with hard topics is so refreshing, and the history for the time period was spot on. I also coded the main character, Elle, as being autistic, and one who presents like me with a fantastic memory and pattern recognition, but social difficulties.
I loved her so much. The hero is hot as sin and yet still relatable, and the romance between the two, forbidden in the time period, and still so real was something I desperately want more of.
Sexy scenes were hot, and the emotions the characters experience surround their growing relationship so damned good.
Readability: 5/5 kept me up way past my bedtime two nights running, I couldn’t stop thinking of the characters when I was forced to put the book down, and absolutely can’t get the characters out of my mind afterwards.
ARCS: 5/5 Beautifully paced character and story arcs blend seemlessly together in a sweeping romance.
CRAFT: 5/5 So amazingly written, I’m a fan of Ms. Cole’s works for life.