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Douglas Childers was the youngest of four boys to a Duke unfortunately his older brothers all died in the war, Douglas' father is now after him to settle down and give him an heir. Douglas however in knees deep in the investigation of the Russian uprise and is currently trying to discover the location of the Russian bomber Konstantin who previously set off a bomb in the Grand Russe Hotel and spy on the Russian delegation that has been staying at the hotel too.
Peter put Olga in charge of an art exhibit in the hotel spotlighting some of the art they have at the hotel. One of the painting she wants is in Childers' room hiding the spy equipment that is what first brings Olga and Douglas together. Douglas is immediately taken with the statuesque beauty of Olga and then he finds out her last name is the same as Konstantin. Douglas decides it's beneficial to find out as much as he can about Olga, really he just needed an excuse. He enjoys his time with her and he wants her to trust him even though he's not being truthful to her until it is absolutely necessary. Olga and Konstantin are cousins but it's not a healthy relationship. Olga is loyal to a fault and foolishly believes he can change but when he gets mean and violent with her she finally tells Douglas everything and after Konstantin blows up another location Douglas finally reveals why he's really at the hotel.
Olga agrees to go under Douglas' protection, she is falling in love with him and him with her, she's met his father and his father approves of the match. But when more of Douglas' secrets come out Olga starts to doubt him and his motives and when it all goes down Olga is left feeling betrayed and she doesn't know if she can marry Douglas after all. Even before it all went down Douglas knows unequivocally that he loves her, and the thought of losing her cuts him deep.
Overall, it was a good read. Olga broke my heart a little bit there at the end. I really hope Peter's story is next, it is revealed (I don't remember if it said previously) is part of the Redcake family, a tie in to her other series. I can just picture Olga's newly returned sister going head to head with Emmaline. (makes me giddy)
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I really wanted to like this book, its a fascinating time in history and the exiled Russians struggled with a complete lifestyle change.
I admired Olga, she was willing to work, to make her own way, not live off charity, though it doesn't really look as if she had that option either. She did have connections with Russian ex-royals, but it doesn't seem like they wanted her with them for long.
She was so loyal to her cousin, but I felt she was incredibly naive.
Douglas - double agent in the finest of the tradition, not for him the life of luxury, but a secret one behind it working in intelligence, something he's got the sharp mind for.
I struggled though with the romance between him and Olga, I can see why she liked him, he paid her attention, flattered her, took her out and especially helped her with her art. He respected her and her need to earn her way, and that meant so much to her.
Its a struggle though knowing that at first he's only staying close because of her connection to Konstatin, her shared name that makes him suspect she may be involved. I know things like this happen, are necessary even now, but I just find them particularly callous, and didn't really feel that transition where he began to love her, to want her for herself, and that was sad, as she was so in love with him.
Still, that's just me and my perceptions, others will feel very differently. Maybe its that fact of how he begins with her, how he's using her that just puts me off him and makes me feel she deserves better. I know he's a good man, just didn't feel that he really did love her.
Stars: 2.5/3, a decent read but which didn't really work well for me.
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