The Secret of the India Orchid

Anthony Blake is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the façade of a flirtatious playboy.
 
Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.
 
She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won’t confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

My Review

This is a charming, good read. I loved the location. It added to the story. Although, to be honest, Anthony was not that good of a spy. He kind of had his cover blown with Sophia. Yet, she may not have truly known he was a spy but still, he had help from others. This is why he was able to get the job done.

Regarding the romance. It was mild. As Anthony was supposed to stay in character, his advances and displays of affection towards Sophia were kept to a minimum. While, Anthony was good, it was Sophia that had my vote. She was not like the rest of the women. She went against the flow. For example, she showed up at a costume party wearing men's clothing. In addition, when she received threats, she did not sit down and let others protect her. In fact, this made her more motivated to help solve the case. The author captivated me with this story and the characters. Now that the "secret" is out, I plan to check out other books from this author.

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