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The Pennistan Series

Book1: Traitor's Kiss
Book 2: Lover's Kiss
Book 3: Stranger's Kiss
Book 4: Courtesan's Kiss
Book 5: One More Kiss

TRAITOR’S KISS
MARY BLAYNEY
October 2008
Bantam Dell
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
368 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Charlotte is available for a price, and she can appear to be anyone to anybody. She plays so many parts that it is hard to guess at the real woman underneath. Her current mission is to free the brother of a duke from a French prison. It matters not whether he is a traitor and the money will fund a more important cause.

The French have imprisoned Gabriel for more than a year. The extremely observant man of science sees that there is more to his rescuer than the whore she wants everyone to see. She thinks that she is beyond redemption, but Gabriel knows better.

An English lord may be a traitor to his country. He certainly caused the deaths of seven men before his imprisonment. Gabriel has been imprisoned as a spy and the English doubt him also. A woman is paid a huge amount of money to free him and take him back to England. There his fate is undetermined, if he makes it there at all. Charlotte is a better operative than Gabriel, but she has her own agenda.

This is an interesting and multi-layered story. The author does a wonderful job of describing war-torn France just before the fall of Napoleon. The corruption and danger are so real that you will be on the edge of your seat until Gabriel is vindicated. The subplots of the Pennistons and their long-lost brother and illegitimate other brother are very involving. The other subplot of Charlotte’s rescue of children left behind when their parents escaped LeHarve is equally engrossing. Both main characters are unusual people. Gabriel studies the stars and anything that captures his interest and Charlotte, in addition to espionage, is a gifted artist. I really enjoyed this exciting story and its vividly written characters.

Maura
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