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Title: No Ordinary Mistress
Written by Robyn DeHart
Series: Masquerading Mistresses #1
Published by Entangled: Scandalous
Publication Date: March 10th 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
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Remington Hawthorne, Earl of Latham, has spent his life protecting the Crown. When he's assigned to play the part of lover to Emma Masterson, one of the few female spies in England and the one woman he can't forget, he'll have to risk his heart as well as his life.
It isn't easy being an independent woman, much less a spy. Perpetually tasked with proving she is as valuable as any man in her profession, the last thing Emma needs is to be reunited with the one man who makes her want to forget her duties and get lost in passion.
Pretending to be his mistress isn't difficult—remembering that it is all a charade is a challenge. With every glance, every touch, every kiss, she is drawn deeper under his spell and pulled further from her goals. She refused him once, but it will take every ounce of strength to not give in to the passion that still burns strong...
No Ordinary Mistress is Robyn DeHart’s first book in her series Masquerading Mistresses. This is a novella and I was a little bit surprised how well the story flowed despite it being a little bit short for my taste.
The two protagonists: Emma Masterson and Remington (love that name, BTW) Hawthorne, Earl of Latham are spies for the Crown. To complicate things, there are (were) partners. The story opens two years before when both Emma and Remy (Remington) were on assignment together and both had a falling out. Emma, being an independent woman that she is, did not want to be controlled by a man because she didn’t want history to repeat itself (her mother was a courtesan and she didn’t want to be like her).
Fast-forward to two years later, Emma and Remy meet again while she was on assignment and witnesses a murder. Their boss, immediately orders both of them to work together so Remy can protect Emma. Naturally, Emma doesn’t want this but she has no choice. She poses as Remy’s mistress so they can be seen together without raising any questions.
I mentioned that this was a novella and it IS a really good one. I love that this read like a full novel, however, the pacing was a little bit too fast for me. I understand that they had a history together but the transition from “I hate you” to “let’s make love” was just too fast for my taste. There were also parts where I was frustrated with Emma just for speaking (weird, huh?). Oh, and the last scene where she proclaims her love to Remy in front of the whole agency? I thought that was corny.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the story but I did not really like Emma.