When a Scot Loves a Lady
The Falcon Club – a top-secret spy ring using an exclusive gentleman’s club as a front in 1816 London – is about to lose one of its longstanding agents. Lord Leam Blackwood is leaving the organization to return to a quieter life in his ancestral home of Scotland. On the way, he finds himself waylaid by a winter storm. The roads are impassable, so he’s stuck at a country inn, where he meets Kitty Savege, a tart-tongued noblewoman with a scandalous reputation and a taste for intrigue. The close quarters quickly turn their flirtation into something more, and Kitty is drawn into the danger that seems to follow Leam wherever he goes. The expectation is that the two will part once the roads are passable, but their developing relationship
The novel gets off to a slow start, but picks up steam as the relationship between Leam and Kitty builds. There’s plenty of dialogue, including a lot of “Scots” coming from Leam – when he’s posing as a brawny Scotsman rather than an educated man of means. This is first in Ashe’s new series, and the ending gives readers a good idea of which Falcon Club agent’s story is coming next.