The Counterfeit Mistress

The Counterfeit Mistress

by Madeline Hunter

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From the beloved New York Times bestselling Madeline Hunter comes this riveting historical romance, in which a darkly handsome nobleman is determined to unmask a delicate and mysterious young beauty...

A refugee from the war in France, Marielle Lyon has established herself at the fringes of London society. Claiming to be the niece of an executed aristocrat, Marielle welcomes the gossip that she is a spy. The more eyes she has watching her, the better protected she is—and the better chance she has of saving her father’s life.
A warrior at heart, Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, would still be in uniform if not for his older brother’s untimely death. After all he’s seen, Kendale doesn’t trust the French—or their femmes fatales. He has set up a surveillance network to ferret out undercover agents, and he believes he’s found one in the delicate, mysterious Marielle.
Ready to pounce on his tempting prey, Kendale arranges a meeting with Marielle, who is more beautiful and more cunning than he anticipated. But the Viscount is ready to do whatever it takes to unmask her—even if it means playing a game of seduction…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410464842
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/08/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 609
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Madeline Hunter has published twenty-three critically acclaimed historical romances. Her books regularly appear on the New York Timesand USA Today bestseller lists. More than five million copies of her books are in print, and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She has won two RITA Awards and is a seven-time RITA finalist. Madeline holds a PhD in art history, which she teaches at the university level.

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Further praise for The Counterfeit Mistress:
"Madeline Hunter uses a popular Regency spy angle to intriguing effect, keeping readers—and Kendale—guessing as to Marielle’s true intentions, while creating a sizzling frame of sexual tension through Kendale and Marielle’s seductive dance of truth, daring and consequences. A smooth, sexy and sophisticated spy-themed Regency romance." —Kirkus Reviews

“Replete with action, adventure, humor, and lots of delicious dialogue…This is a book I highly recommend for an enthralling read.”—Romance Junkies
“Hunter is a gifted writer whose careful, engaging sense of plot and character allows her to build sexual tension and suspense. Add to this creative storytelling and graceful prose, and readers have a sexy thrill ride of a spy novel…and an unforgettable read.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“An intriguing read that pulled you in from the first few pages.”—Joyfully Reviewed Praise for the novels of Madeline Hunter:
"Another stellar Regency-set historical romance that hits all the literary marks. Hunter’s effortlessly elegant writing exudes a wicked sense of wit; her characterization is superbly subtle, and the sexual chemistry she cooks up between her deliciously independent heroine and delightfully sexy hero is pure passion." —Booklist (starred review)
"Intelligent and memorable...As smart and sharp as the best of Regency romances can be.  With its tangy dialogue, Pride and Prejudice themes, bits of mystery and nefarious characters, readers may be reminded of Jane Austen." —Romantic Times (Top Pick)
“Hunter’s books are so addictive.”—Publishers Weekly
“Hunter's flowery centerpiece will suit every romance table. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

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The Counterfeit Mistress 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy books from Madeline Hunter, and this was no exception. This book was about the developing romance between Viscount Kendale and French emigree, Marielle Lyon. It also contained several intriguing subplots. There is even the question of whether Marielle is actually a French spy. The Viscount is a former soldier who gave up the military life to assume the title after his brother's death. However, he actually is still a military man an at heart. The character development and plots were excellent, and the book was moderately steamy. I'd defintely recommend this to fans of historical romance.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this series very much and the way this last book brought it all together. Southwaite, Ambury and Kendale were hilarious in several parts in their three-way dialogue especially where they pretend that Kendale isn't in the room. I think MH smoothed the rough edges of Kendale's character beautifully. The ladies in this series were charming and realistic. Will most likely read the whole of it again one day. LORRAINE
sallymel More than 1 year ago
The romance is this historical book is lovely. This independent woman really puts the famous earl in his place and makes him "eat crow." Like he told his friend, he had to seduce her and then woo her for months before she finally would marry him. One chapter is absolutely hilarious with "misconceptions" on the earl's part. Madeline Hunter is a great writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series...Madeline always has great characters...the women are strong and the men learn to understand and accept them!
michellewils More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. There was so many secret things in the book and all the emotions from the story, it was exciting. I love this author and you can never go wrong with her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the last book in this series, couldnt wait for this one, good characters, complex storyline, slow at the outset, but better in the second half. I enjoyed it and will definitely get the next book.