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Tainted Angel by Anne Cleeland

Tainted Angel by Anne Cleeland
Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 978-1402279058
Published June 2013
Trade paperback, 368 pages

This was such a fun and witty novel. Beautiful and charming Vidia Swanson, a British spy with a secretive past, meets her match with fellow spy, Lucien Carstairs. Sparks fly and their attraction is made all the more dangerous when Vidia discovers she is being watched because they think her a double agent working for the enemy—a tainted angel. Throughout their relationship, readers are kept guessing who is fooling who and why. A tantalizing romp and game of cat and mouse set in Regency England, this tale will keep you entertaining until the last page.

I enjoyed this novel because it was different from what I mostly read. I loved trying to figure out what was really happening behind all the deception. What was true and what wasn't? It was toward the end that I clued in to what exactly was going on, but the journey getting there was fun. And what a gorgeous book cover! I thought it very appropriate to the story.

Vidia was an independent woman who loved danger. She easily carried a pistol and could defend herself in almost any situation. Of course, some of it was far-fetched, but I didn't care. And although she had nerves of steel and could keep her cool, Lucien had the capacity to make her heart beat faster and arouse in her feelings that clouded her judgement. There is a lot of sex in this book. More than what I like to read. Some of it is explicit and very passionate.

If you like romance novels that are clever and witty, Tainted Angel is fun to escape with. 

Watch out for my Q&A with author Anne Cleeland and a giveaway of Tainted Angel this Friday, June 14.

Note: This book is rated S = sexual content, some of it explicit. There are some mild religious expletives in the Portuguese language.

Reviewed by Laura

Disclosure: Thanks to Sourcebooks for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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