Lady Emmeline Hartley has overcome every obstacle life has thrown her way. A spinster, disappointed in love, Em is on the brink of a marriage of convenience, when the man who rejected her heart reappears in need of her help. It gives Em a chance to escape, put to use one her most unusual talents—and perhaps convince him once and for all to risk his heart . . .
Adam Montclair—one of the most successful agents at the Home Office—rubs elbows with the highest levels of society. Even so, he wasn’t to the manor born. No matter how much he desires Em, as a match he is completely unsuitable. While it pains him to be near her, it’s a punishment he richly deserves. Now on a mission to uncover a plot against the government, Adam knows Em’s uncanny ability to recall voices will be essential. Yet as the two thwart the dangers in their path, it may become impossible to deny that Em is essential to happiness itself . . .
Title: Brazen in Blue
Series: The Muses’ Salon #5
Author: Rachael Miles
Genre: Regency Romance
Published: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating: 3.5 stars
‘Brazen in Blue‘ is the fifth title in ‘The Muses’ Salon‘ series, and while I’ve read the earlier books (but not yet reviewed-I’d purchased and did a binge read of the series up to this point this past weekend, the reviews are still to come) – I still had some trouble with Adam and Em’s romance. I enjoyed the second chance romance aspect of this story. The special talent of recognizing any voice that Em has heard at least once before is, frankly, fascinating. Yet, for me, there were places that were left empty, questions asked but the answers not delivered.
So, I’m torn in many ways on ‘Brazen in Blue‘. It’s a good story, I enjoyed my time back in this world once again. It simply didn’t blow me away. There are a lot of familiar faces in Adam’s and Em’s story. This is a series that, in my opinion, really needs to be read in order. This was a 3.5-star story for me, and I’ll round-up on the various sites where I leave reviews. I’m going to leave this review at this point. A good story, an enjoyable visit with previous book friends… and perhaps those spots that gave me pause will be addressed in the next title in the series. As with any review, these are my thoughts – you should make up your own mind.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available in paperback, audio, and for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle