About the Book:
Vivienne Le Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancer and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her.
Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries and The Flower is both. When she sneaks into his study in the middle of the night with a coded message, he’s ready to push her out whatever window she arrived through. Except Maximilian is unable to turn away a woman in trouble. Determined to rescue Vivienne’s sister, they engage in a game of cat and mouse with French spies that requires all of Vivienne’s training and Maximilian’s abilities. Bound together by secrecy, they discover there is more between them than politics and hidden codes, but love has no place among the secrets of espionage...
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In A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander, Maximilian Westwood is a much sort after code-breaker, even now that he's retired. But when the lovely Vivienne La Fleur comes to him because she needs his help in breaking a coded message, he decides to help her, because there's no way he'd turned away a woman in desperate need of his services. However, when Vivienne's sister is kidnapped, the stakes are upped. Will they be able to rescue the young girl without getting themselves in trouble they may not be able to get out of, or will their chance at happy ever after be ripped away due to someone determined to play a dangerous game of cat and mouse that puts their lives at risk?
A story encompassing espionage and romance is definitely going to make me want to read it, as long as the blurb is tempting enough, and this story has a fantastic blurb that matches an equally captivating story that had me hooked from start to finish. The way this story started drew me into this story immediately, as the heroine is good at what she does as a spy and I enjoyed the very first interaction between her and the hero. She'll do anything to convince Maximilian to help. What will it take? Money? A favor?
As for the dialogue, it was intense and so enthralling due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine because of how she became a spy. She didn't have much of a choice, and yet, she's really good at what she does. Seduction. Thieving. Really, any means necessary to get the job done she can manage with flying colors, as long as she has help with the messages she receives because of her condition. Moreover, the heroine is strong and brave and I liked how determined she was when it came to protecting someone she loves. Will she betray all she believes in? I also liked how she let the hero into her life when she's normally used to doing things solo.
While the hero, he's absolutely brilliant, good at breaking codes and I liked how determined he was to help the heroine in any way he could, even knowing that things could get dangerous. I also liked how open and honest he was, and that the heroine who doesn't trust a lot of people, opened up to him when it was palpable that she couldn't continue to keep the secrets she was keeping without things becoming more complicated and dangerous for the heroine, because of the acts she was committing could be seen as a betrayal of her country.
Overall, Ms. Alexander has penned an intriguing and thrilling read in this book where this couple's chemistry was powerful; the romance full of exquisite heat and passion; and the ending had me on the edge-of-my-seat because of the danger closing in on the main characters. Certainly, I was taken by surprise by the identity of the person trying to switch Vivienne's loyalty. Will they come out on top of the bad guys? Will Vivienne be able to save her loved ones? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, because of the answer Vivienne gives to the hero when it comes to a question he asks her. I would recommend A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander, if you enjoy Historical Romances encompassing spies, or books by authors Tina Gabrielle, Christi Caldwell, Anna Campbell and Vanessa Kelly.
Meet the Author:
Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes.
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