Title: The Counterfeit Scoundrel
Author: Lorraine Health
Series: The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction #1
Release Date: February 21, 2023
This was a blend of a spy novel and a murder mystery. Daisy is a sleuth who is sent undercover in David Blackwood’s, aka Bishop, home to determine a wife’s infidelity. Bishop is known as a scoundrel but the truth is he is just a man trying to help women out of unhappy marriages.
Daisy and Bishop have an instant connection that makes it hard for each of them to do their jobs. I enjoyed watching Bishop realize he was in love with Daisy. I also liked that he actually respected her abilities to do her job, even if he struggled with his fear of her being in danger. Daisy was an interesting heroine because she ignored society’s rules and made a name of herself as a sleuth.
While I enjoyed this book, I did find it a bit slow at times. I definitely feel like the detective storyline was more of the focus than the actual couple at times. This was still an enjoyable romance and story but a bit different from what I was expecting for one of the Chessmen.
Trigger warnings: death of parent from drug use referenced; abusive father referenced; death of mother by potential murder referenced;
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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