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January 5, 2011
The Wild Rose Press
France, 1942. The world is at war. The Nazis have stolen the infamous blue diamond, Le Coeur Bleu, intending to barter it for weapons that will destroy the Allies. Jewel thief Hunter Smith is given a choice; help the French Resistance steal back the diamond and avenge the death of his best friend, or stay locked up in an English prison. He chooses revenge.
Resistance fighter Madeleine Bertrand’s husband died when he was betrayed by Hunter Smith. How can she now pretend to be married to the arrogant American? How can she betray Jean Philippe’s memory by her passionate response to Hunter’s kisses? Neither is prepared for the maelstrom of attraction that erupts between them. To survive they must uncover the mysteries of the past and conquer the dangers of the present. But first Madeleine must decide if her loyalties lie with her dead husband and the Resistance or with the greatest love of her life.
One of my favourite eras to read about is the time of the Great War, Between the Wars, and the Second World War. I know that sounds odd to say, as if I was glorying in wartime and its terrible deeds. In fact, it's the opposite. I think that was the last era, maybe, where real heroism and strength of will was to be found amongst ordinary folk.
The characters of Flawless are no exception. Despite the distraction of a few typos and anachronisms (not sure they drank tea from mugs back then), I really enjoyed diving into their story. The romance builds swiftly - yet there's no doubt that these two are meant for each other - and the action is quick and intriguing.
I was rooting for Madeleine and Hunter right from the start, and quite swept along by their plans for getting the better of the Nazi general occupying the local chateau. The author does a great job of handling the fact that Madeleine is widowed and still grieving her former husband, yet finds herself falling for Hunter. The conflicts and main plot are set up directly at the start, and the reader can concentrate on the romance, breathlessly waiting to see if Madeleine and Hunter can escape the dangers they face - together.