Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tainted Angel by Anne Cleeland

Publication: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Source: Publisher

A deadly game of deception
A notorious beauty with a shadowy past

In the time of Napoleon, Vidia Swanson appears to live a gilded life of ease and luxury. Beneath this façade, however, she works for the Home Office as an ‘angel,’ coaxing secrets from powerful men who may or may not be traitors to the Crown. In the course of her latest assignment, matters take an alarming turn when she realizes that her spymaster suspects that she is the one who is tainted--a double agent working for the enemy.

Lucien Carstairs is a fellow agent with his own dark secrets--unless he is setting an elaborate trap to reveal her own supposed treason. Backed into a corner, she can only hope to stay one step ahead of the hangman in a race to stop the next war before it destroys them--and destroys England.

Tainted Angel offers up a compelling game of cat and mouse in which no one can be trusted--and anyone can be tainted.

Vidia is a spy.  Her job is to basically use her beauty in order to coerce secrets from power men. When the people she works for believes that she is a traitor, Vidia has to prove where her true loyalties lie.  

Vidia was a fun character to get to know. She is quick on her feet, smart, and knows how to do her job well. She was really good at what she did, it was hard to tell if she really was a double spy or not.

Tainted Angel is filled with a good amount of action, double crossing, and suspense. It was a very entertaining story. There are lies and secrets everywhere and it isn’t very easy to find out who is on what side and who is being honest.  There was never a shortage of activity going on.  It succeeded it what I think it set out to be…a fun and entertaining story.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.


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1 comment:

  1. This one sounds like it is up my alley. I love political intrigue in historical fiction. Just added to my Goodreads shelf to pick up when I have a bit less to read.