SINS OF A VIRGIN
28 August 2012
Rating: 3 Cups
Once called La Petit, Madeline Valdan has used her wiles all over Europe, for the benefit of the English government. She perfects the use of seduction and pleasure, making her body into a weapon guaranteed to win any game of intrigue. Now the war is over and Napoleon defeated. Madeline finds herself cut loose from her work as a spy. Possessing only one skill, she knows how to put to good use.
Gabriel Huntford is a crack investigator for the Bow Street Runners. His dogged pursuit of criminals has become legendary. What very few realize is that Gabriel uses his position to search for leads in his sister’s murder case. Now the killer has struck again, and Gabriel’s search for leads has brought him to a most unusual source.
Using all her wit and cunning, Madeline Valdan concocts a plan to secure her financial future. She offers the upper echelons of society a chance to gamble for her virginity. When Gabriel is assigned to her as a security agent, Madeline knows he has an ulterior motive. As their paths and purposes collide, the two realize they have far more in common than either suspect.
With lively dialog and a unique plot, this book has a lot to offer. However, it is difficult to reconcile Madeline and Gabriel as a couple. Both are strong characters with complex histories and motivations. It seems almost as if Gabriel is not given quite enough machismo to match a woman like Madeline, with a background in murder and espionage.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More