Back Blurb :
Napoleonic France is no place for an Englishman, especially Michael Harcourt, the Earl of Kendal, who is on a clandestine assignment for the Crown. Already injured and facing imminent discovery by Napoleon and
Fouche’s men, Michael finds his escape made even more perilous when he is charged with the safety of a young boy who must be spirited out of Paris.
Desperate to escape the terrible fate that awaits her if she remains in France,
Lady Gabrielle De Valmont must disguise herself as a boy and rely on the cunning of a virtual stranger—an Englishman, no less—to smuggle her out of the country. When the Earl’s injury becomes severely infected, rendering him gravely ill, Gabrielle realizes it is now up to her to save them both.
Look for more heart-pounding adventure, international intrigue, and sizzling romance with the release of Book Four in The Code Breaker Series.
My View :
This is my first foray in to the wonderful world of The Code Breaker’s, and I can’t believe how I have missed out on such a brilliant series. I absolutely loved this there is suspense, love, intrigue, assassination attempt’s and espionage.
The story starts with Michael waking up in enemy controlled France after being shot, to find beautiful young Lady Gabrielle tending to him. unfortunately their first proper encounter doesn’t go off very well as he, being confused and in pain after his ordeal mistakes her for a whore. Which obviously doesn’t go down very well with her, and as they both escape France Michael’s soon realises his mistake and very quickly try’s to build bridges with her and in doing so fall head over heels for her, his feeling for her are raw and wild and times he his green with jealously at the merest glance another man gives sends her way.
But doe’s this damaged, and fearful beauty feel anything for him, apart from anger at being mistaken for a common whore?
In all essence, Yes! she does feel very strongly for him, she was peeved at first at his brusque and outlandish behaviour towards her, but she soon put’s that aside as a the mistake that it was.
But their happy little blossoming relationship soon get’s a bit of a kick in the teeth as someone is out to snatch Gabby and because of Michael’s role in the Code Breakers he is told in no uncertain terms that untill, they find out who is after Gabby and put an end to their evil plan, he is to stay far away from her. This is where the longing and built up emotion and sexual tension start’s and it is really very entertaining watching as they both struggle to ignore each other publicly and play their role’s that they have been cast in, as the Code Breakers conduct their investigation.
The feelings of being loved by Michael had been a startling awakening. Like on the first days of spring sunshine after the long winter rains, she felt renewed, alive and hopeful again. Michael loved her and she loved him.
She glanced up at him, her eyes and heart filled with yearning for this man. This man who made her laugh, who made her believe in love and hope after terrible times. His rich laugh rumbled in his chest. “Gabby, you can’t look at me like that and not expect a kiss.”
“Am I that obvious?” She placed her arms around his neck and pressed against his solid, hard body.
“Gabby.” Michael tightened his arms and pulled her closer. Gabby felt herself soften around his hard planes and unyielding ridges. His warm lips tenderly touched hers.
I really like Gabby, she is a very complicated and yet interesting character, she has been through so much, while being so young the fact that she watched her parent’s being dragged off to the guillotine has let a very visible mark on her that not even Michael can dispense, but she is so strong-willed, she has got a great spirit and her love for those that are close to her like Michael and her brother are is absolute. She may be a little slip of a girl but she has a mesmerizing, innocent charm about her. No wonder that Michael fall head over heels for her.
Michael! Well what can I say about him? He isn’t your regular hero, he isn’t a soldier or a spy, but he has this absolutely amazing mind, he is overly protective especially of Gabby and his sister. He has this very serious quality about him, that counteract’s his jovial, and cheeky side, but he is a mesmerizing man and it is highly entertaining watching him struggle with wanting to protect Gabby by doing his job and leaving her alone and wanting to protect by keeping her close to him at all times.
Lucien tucked his sister next to his side. “I don’t like him.” For some inexplicable reason, probably because it was exactly like her brother to make a quick and contrary judgement, Gabby started to laugh and couldn’t stop. The overwhelming fears, the violence, and the relief combusted together into joyous, almost hysterical laughter.
Lucien looked down at her in a mixture of disbelief and shock. “This has been too much for you.”
Gabby hugged her brother and broke free of his hold. “I’m so glad you’re not dead.”
And then she walked into Michael’s waiting arms. She turned back toward lucien. “You will have to like him. I love him. And plan to marry him.”
What I liked about this is that even though I didn’t begin at the beginning of the series, and in stead started with book four, it is just so well written, and intelligent that I knew exactly who everyone was and their roles in the story without any difficulty.
A Cantata of Love is a refreshing take on the regular regency romance, it get’s you thinking and keep’s you engaged from the first page to the last and I highly recommend this book and The Code Breakers Series.
Very intelligent and entertaining.