Hoping to live down her family’s connections to the traitorous Jacobite cause, Imogen wants nothing more than a quiet life in the country. When she stumbles upon a wounded man, the white cockade in his coat tells her he’s a Jacobite, and a danger to the crown. Yet there’s something about him she can’t resist . . .
In search of a document on behalf of his powerful family, Tony is shot and left for dead. Secreted away to a hidden chamber, he finds himself both a guest and prisoner of a beautiful but mysterious woman. What she wants and who she serves, he cannot know. But what he does understand is the desire burning strongly between them. And that neither of them will be spared until their lust is sated.
When the action moves to London, suddenly it’s Tony who has to act to save Imogen. Forced to become a lady in waiting to Princess Amelia, she is in peril from the Jacobites, who are convinced she is their salvation. Only the strength of Tony and Imogen’s love can save them now.
I love Lynne Connolly’s books. They’re so much MORE than just the relationship. There’s so much PLOT going on. And this is one of the few authors whose aristocratic characters really, truly behave like the aristocracy.
Danger Wears White is about danger and intrigue and different factions trying to gain power in Britain. It’s set some seventy years before most historical romances, which means a whole lot of different fashions and dangers and behaviours. I’ve liked all the books in the series, but I might have enjoyed this one the most so far.
Connolly’s books definitely don’t read the same way as the Regency romances that are endlessly popular, but I like that. I also like that she can capture the mood – and the power – of the characters she’s writing about in one quick description of a gesture. She also makes sure we see the realities of such high positions in society. It’s not all balls and anachronisms.
There is a great deal of history in this story, but I do think you can get by without the background. You can also get by reading this book without having read the first two in the series.
I’m not really sure what to say – as is usually the case when I enjoy a book. Mostly, I suppose I wish people could inject some more of THIS sort of thing into the Regency era. Despite the mood the genre tends to set, it was another era that wasn’t short of intrigue and danger.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.