Checkmate, My Lord

Written by Tracey Devlyn
Review by Rebecca Cochran

In 1804, after the death of her husband, Catherine Ashcroft tries to lead a quiet English life in the country with her young daughter, but she is soon drawn into a world of intrigue and danger. Catherine is convinced that several letters her husband sent her before his death are coded with secret messages. She elicits the help of handsome Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, to help uncover the truth. Unbeknownst to Catherine, Sebastian is a spymaster trying to solve mysteries of his own, which include her husband’s past. As the plot thickens, so does the sexual tension between Catherine and Sebastian.

This is Devlyn’s second romance thriller, and like her first, it comes with an exciting plot, steamy love scenes, and twists and turns throughout. While a bit formulaic, the characters in the story are dynamic and interesting, making it a satisfactory read. My favorite was Catherine’s daughter, Sophie, whose sweet temperament melts even steely Sebastian’s heart. Overall, an entertaining story.