The Counterfeit Mistress
Book Three of the Fairbourne Quartet
September 24, 2013
Available in: Paperback
A refugee from the war in France, the tattered but elegant 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 completing her long-planned mission. Two of those eyes belong to the stoic, handsome Viscount Kendale. She leads him in a high-stakes dance, unaware that she is playing with the most dangerous kind of fire for a woman with a secret.
A warrior at heart, Gavin Norwood, Viscount Kendale, has no patience with the frivolities of society to which his title subjects him. He 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 femme fatales. He has set up a private 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, to confront her with the evidence he has amassed, and to interrogate and break her and learn the names of her contacts. Marielle is more enchanting and cunning than he anticipated, however, and as expert at using her feminine wiles as she is at weaving intrigues. To unmask her and learn the truth will require all of his formidable skills—both as an investigator and, as their game progresses, as a lover...
Madeline Hunter’s first romance was published in June, 2000. Since then she has seen twenty-seven historical romances published, and her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Over six million of her books are in print. She is a seven-time RITA finalist, and two-time RITA winner. Twenty-five of her books have been on the USA Today bestseller list, and she has also had titles on the New York Times printed list, Publishers Weekly list, and the Waldenbooks paperback fiction list. She has received four starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, and Romantic Times has awarded twenty-three of her books 4 1/2 stars. Madeline has a Ph.D. in Art History, and until recently she taught at an eastern university. She currently lives in Pennsylvania.