February 18, 2018
My Gentleman Spy by Sasha Cottman
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Roses
Series: The Duke of Strathmore #5
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Former spy William Saunders’ world is turned upside down the day he rescues missionary worker Hattie Wright from the deep blue waters off the coast of Gibraltar.
When circumstances compel them to share a cramped cabin on the boat trip back to London, desire and passion ignite between them.
Hattie sees the time with Will as a brief respite before she goes back to her mission among the poor and vulnerable in the slums of London.
Will, however, feels honor bound to offer her marriage and return her to the world of privilege she once knew.
Despite her heart’s desire to possess his love, Hattie is determined to continue her important work. She rejects his proposal.
But Hattie has made powerful enemies in the criminal gangs of the rookeries and there are those who would gladly see her dead.
When Hattie goes missing, Will is finally forced to face the truth of his past to save the woman he loves.
From the very first page Sasha Cottman captured my attention and it never waivered until “the end”.
Hattie Wright is determined to take charge of her life and definitely makes a splash in doing so. In her struggle to survive she is rescued by a gentleman that she soon comes to have feelings for; however, in fear of being sent back to the life she is escaping she’s not willing to give details of her life. A voyage to the empty home she was forced to leave with her handsome savior as her companion awakens feelings she thought she would never be lucky enough to have. Alas, her secrets haunt her and she soon flees leaving him confused and angry. Feeling alone when reality starts to sink in, Hattie digs deep for the strength she needs to survive.
William Saunders is abiding his time until the voyage that will take him home; leaving his former occupation behind and towards the arms of his loving family. Things take an unexpected turn when he witnesses a woman jump into deep waters. Rescuing the damsel soon sets Will’s world spinning as he strives to discover her secrets while keeping his own. Sailing home soon proves to be more than he bargained for. Then his mysterious lady disappears and he’ll do anything to find her.
The search is on with near misses and surprising revelations. Will these two be willing to give up all their secrets for a chance at love?
My Gentleman Spy is the first book I have read of Ms. Cottman’s. It will not be my last.