2016, 224p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow's prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.
Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana's life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?
This is a different type of regency romance since it's set in Greece so there aren't the traditional parties that go with the London scene. Diana Snow is an orphan who is a chaperone for Molly Campbell, the daughter of a British inspector-general, who they are currently visiting in Greece. One day, they meet Alexandros (Alex) Metaxas and Diana is intrigued by him, yet too proper to let him know that. When she sees him again, she follows him, and ends up being a prisoner of the pirates.
The book switches back and forth between Diana and Alex. Most of the book takes place as Diana is adjusting to her new life and the family she is assigned to help take care of. Meanwhile, Alex is working to recruit different groups to take part in a revolution. Their paths occasionally cross, so while there is some romance, it's pretty slow. From the conversations Diana had with other women early on, it was clear that she was struggling to fit in so it was easy to hope that she would find a place that was a better fit for her. It was fun to see the changes in her as the story progressed. This is a clean, enjoyable read with some twists and turns along the way to a happy ending!
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