Summer of 1804
Parisian society grows more tedious by the day, making my mission here all but impossible. Now that Napoleon has declared himself Emperor, the atmosphere is charged with uncertainty and there’s a heightened sense of wariness amongst my targets. But the Chief has sent me the name of the man suspected of destroying the six British ships. From what I have gleaned so far of the Frenchman’s nature, he is ruthless enough to accomplish such a feat.
I find myself both excited about and terrified of this additional mission. Valère is touted to be handsome, charming, and extremely intelligent. If he is responsible for the lives lost on those ships, he operates on a level I have yet to climb.
Oh, Guy. How I wish you were here. I miss our training sessions and long discussions about weaponry. Three years have crept by without a single teasing wink from you. How many times have I walked down the street and imagined seeing your black locks and broad shoulders weaving through a crowd? Too, too many.
My regret is nearly as strong as my loneliness. You’ll never know how much I grieve the loss of your kiss on that fateful night at Mrs. Lancaster’s masquerade. If only I’d had enough courage to lean forward, to press my lips against yours, I could have at least brought that small piece of you with me to France. But no, I chose to flee like a stupid, stupid girl—
A knock sounded at the drawing room door. Cora’s heart leaped and she slid the missive beneath the ink blotter. Lady Kavanagh poked her grey head around the door. “Excuse me, Cora,” her aunt said, “your gentleman friend has arrived.”
Valère. Cora closed her eyes for the briefest of seconds before meeting her aunt’s concerned gaze. “Give me a minute, if you will.”
Her aunt hesitated a moment before nodding and closing the door.
Cora lifted the blotter to retrieve her unfinished missive. She smoothed her fingers over Guy’s name, ignoring the clench of longing in the back of her throat. Then she set corner over the sputtering flame of a candle and followed the fire’s advance down the sheet of paper, burning away every damning word. Standing, she tossed the fiery square onto a silver salver.
With a heavy heart, Cora straightened her shoulders and cleared her mind of the future she could never have. Cleared all expression from her face until the Raven stood in her place. She turned toward the door, toward her destiny...
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BRIEF SUMMARY OF A LADY’S REVENGE:
A British agent flees her French captor’s torturous dungeon and falls in love with the decoder responsible for her imprisonment.
British agent Cora deBeau has spent the last three years seducing secrets from the most hardened of French spies while searching for her parents’ killer. When her latest assignment goes awry, she suffers at the hands of her French captor until Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford and master cryptographer, saves her during a daring rescue. Scarred and wary of men, Cora shies away from the one man who could heal her savaged heart.
After rescuing Cora from a French dungeon, Guy discovers it was one of his deciphered messages that led to her captivity. Guy strives to earn her forgiveness while outwitting their enemy. But will he find the scars on her wounded soul run too deep?
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Tracey Devlyn writes historical romantic thrillers (translation: a slightly more grievous journey toward the heroine's happy ending). An Illinois native, Tracey spends her evenings harassing her once-in-a-lifetime husband and her weekends torturing her characters. For more information on Tracey, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at:
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