“Much Ado About Rogues”

I will admit, I’m a sucker for Shakespeare-themed titles.  I’ve read Kasey Michaels’ books before and really enjoyed them, so combining that with a Shakespeare-themed title, and yep, I’m going to read it.

This is a story about finding your identity.  Jack Blackthorn, the middle Blackthorn brother, and the last one to be written about, has been the black sheep of his family for the last 10 years or so.  After leaving home at age 18, he struggled to find his place in the world.  He was taken in by the Marquise Fonteneau, who teaches him some very useful spycraft. During his time with the Marquise, Jack falls in love with his daughter, Tess.  However, things do not end well when Tess blames Jack for the death of her twin brother.  Jack leaves and enters the clandestine service of the Crown.

When the Marquise disappears, Jack is sent to find him.  Jack and Tess have to learn to work together on several fronts…..they have to figure out what happened to the Marquise, what happened that night Tess’ brother died, and who is really calling the shots.  On top of that, Tess has to examine her relationship with her father and come to terms with it.  Jack also has to examine his relationship with his parents and his brothers and see if he can set aside years of hurt feelings to become reunited with them.

I haven’t read the other 2 books in the trilogy, but I will probably look them up.  I enjoyed this book – there were so many twists and turns in the search for the Marquise that it was sometimes to determine who was on whose side.  I’ve read other reviews that said they missed the “getting to know you” part of the relationship, but I didn’t.  It was nice to see how people reconnect after a number of years apart, especially when they didn’t part on good terms, and there are so many secrets between them.

I received this book from the publisher as part of the NetGalley program in exchange for an honest review.

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