ROMANCE

The Secret of Flirting

Pocket: S. & S. (Sinful Suitors, Bk. 5). Apr. 2018. 398p. ISBN 9781501144486. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501144493. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Years ago, Monique Servais's grandmother Princess Solange was banished by her royal family for marrying without their consent. Now, after decades with no contact, they need a favor. The reclusive Princess Aurore of Chanay is gravely ill, and if Monique, who could almost be Aurore's twin, agrees to pose as the princess during some important political negotiations, Monique's grandmother who raised her and is now struggling with dementia will be welcomed back into the family. With many doubts but little choice, Monique soon finds herself in the crosshairs of spymaster Gregory Vyse, Baron of Fulkham, who suspects her ruse and is determined to get to the bottom of the deception. Political skullduggery, betrayal, and an attempted assassination keep the pace swift and the tension rising, while the sizzle that arcs between Monique and Gregory keeps the romance firmly on track.
VERDICT Stinging wordplay, well-conceived characters, and an ingenious plot result in a story that adds another winner to Jeffries's popular series. Jeffries (The Pleasures of Passion) lives in Cary, NC. [Previewed in Joyce Sparrow's "Love Is All Around," LJ 10/15/17.]

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