5/series. Once again the multi-talented author pulls off a jam-packed Napoleonic-era spy/romance with great attention to period detail, a winning heroine (shy but plucky, a tiger when challenged), a dashing if troubled hero (obtuse in the emotion department, but noble and true…kind of), and all the supporting characters from the previous tales in this fun series. Author Willig’s busy life has, unfortunately, led to some sloppy writing, but it’s still a good read. A 4, but barely; what’s wrong with some stern editing? Where's a girl's friend when they're needed? Failing that, where was the publisher's editors? Surely Willig's Pink Carnation series is enough of a success to warrant attention? www.laurenwillig.com
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