Brazen in Blue
Lady Emmeline Hartley has overcome every obstacle life has thrown her way. A spinster, disappointed in love, Em is on the brink of a marriage of convenience, when the man who rejected her heart reappears in need of her help. It gives Em a chance to escape, put to use one her most unusual talents—and perhaps convince him once and for all to risk his heart . . .
Adam Montclair--one of the most successful agents at the Home Office--rubs elbows with the highest levels of society. Even so, he wasn’t to the manor born. No matter how much he desires Em, as a match he is completely unsuitable. While it pains him to be near her, it’s a punishment he richly deserves. Now on a mission to uncover a plot against the government, Adam knows Em's uncanny ability to recall voices will be essential. Yet as the two thwart the dangers in their path, it may become impossible to deny that Em is essential to happiness itself . . .
Praise for the Muses’ Salon series
“A feast for the imagination.” –Publishers Weekly
“Rachael Miles’ knowledge of the time period she writes about adds a depth of authenticity that enriches every page.” –Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
“A delicious, original read.” –RT Book Reviews
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Brazen in BlueUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Book five in Miles’s The Muses’ Salon series (after Reckless in Red) delivers heady Regency romance featuring a refreshing heroine and a tantalizing mystery. Lady Emmeline Hartley permanently injured ... Read full review
Brazen in Blue by Rachael Miles
The Muses Salon #5
Second chances to get it right in love don’t come as often as we might like. Lady Emmeline Hartley is willing to try again and leave a man she admires, but does not love passionately, at the altar to pursue her true happiness while allowing Colin to do the same.
What I liked:
* Emmeline: a woman that overcame so much to become all that she did. Giving, kind, and true she does have injuries that impede her in some ways but don’t impinge on her ability to run her estate, provide for those that count on her and love truly and deeply. Her skill with voices is…interesting, too.
* Adam: a great man but I did get tired of his woes about station and not being good enough for Em. Otherwise he was charming, able, a chameleon, etc.
* Queen Bess & Persis: canines that added a great deal to the story
* Jeffreys: I good friend and mentor to Emmeline
* The sisters and cousins of Adam – I can see them starring in books of their own in perhaps a spin off series
* That Colin & Lucy get their HEA
* Wondering about Mr. James and Joe Pasten – wonder if more will come out about them in the future.
* The concept of the stories revolving around The Muses Salon but also dealing with Agents of the Home Office
* That the series is not over even though Emmeline and Adam have found their HEA.
What I did not like:
* Cousin Stella: spoiled rotten woman who was mean in the way spoiled stepsisters in fairy tales are. Would have loved to see her get her comeuppance and seen her reaction.
* Charters & Flute: evil men that were identified but not dealt with finally
* Having to wait for more books in the series.
Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more in this series? Yes
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review.