The Miss Mirren Mission by Jenny Holiday
Series: Regency Reformers #1
Also in this series: The Likelihood of Lucy, Viscountess of Vice
Published by Entangled on March 24th 2015
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Loving her would be his downfall…
To society, the Earl of Blackstone cuts a mysterious figure. He is eligible, withdrawn, and endlessly fascinating. Yet as an integral part of London’s underground spy ring intent on defeating Napoleon, Blackstone has no mistress but the cause.
Miss Emily Mirren is considered “unbiddable” by the ton. She wields a fierce intellect, which she channels into her own secret cause—writing an abolitionist newspaper column under a male pseudonym.
When Emily’s aims clash with Blackstone’s, they stray into a dangerous game of attraction and subterfuge, and secrets are the going currency. And in order to complete the most important mission of his career, Blackstone must thwart Emily, even if it breaks both their hearts.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Well, I must say I’m very fond of Ms. Holiday’s writing style. I’ve really enjoyed reading The Miss Mirren Mission. I think it follows her previous works “theme” of the anti-commitment, emotionally-stunted hero who can’t help but fall for the quirky, irreverent but still lovable heroine.
In this instance, Eric (AKA Blackstone the Earl) has had quite a difficult childhood and is forced into retirement from the military. He now spends his days as a spy for the English Crown, gathering information against the French. In a turn of events he couldn’t have predicted, he is forced into the presence of Miss Emily Mirren. She is the daughter of his beloved Captain, the only father figure he had ever known and the man he was forced to let die on the battlefield. Miss Mirren is nothing like he could have imagined, and he is not sure if she has been sent from Hell to torture him or from Heaven to be his absolution.
Emily isn’t aware of the complex onslaught of emotions she is provoking on the taciturn, practically anti-social Earl of Blackstone. She is on a mission of her own, against the cruel guardian his absentee father forced her to grow up with. Luck would have it that both missions intersect and force these two into each other’s company.
We get to see both their feelings for each other grow and their relationship develop, quite unconventionally, while the fate of both their missions depend on the other one’s failing.
With funny dialogue, sexy illicit encounters and quite a bit of mystery, this was a very enjoyable read. While reading like a historical, it didn’t have the tediousness of language that sometimes these books fall prey to, and it was fairly fast-paced.
As always, I would have liked an epilogue, I just need that tiny glimpse into the HEA (I know I sound like a broken record, I’m sorry but I like my epilogues!) so in the future, I hope to see that little word (EPILOGUE) on the last pages of your books Ms. Holiday, because I know I’ll be reading whatever else you write.
Rating: 4 stars
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