Monday, April 17, 2017

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly


From author Lara Elena Donnelly, a debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup
Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City.
Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.
Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smoldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.
Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, a top dancer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.
Combining the espionage thrills of le CarrĂ© with the allure of an alternate vintage era, Amberlough will thoroughly seduce and enthrall you.

REVIEW
I admit that I hesitated when I received this historical fantasy book to review, because I am a true die hard historical fiction afficionado. But as soon as I started reading it, I was immediately delighted. The writing is lovely and the characters flawed and fascinating. A nicely intricate plot that is easy to follow, culminates in a wholly satisfying ending that draws together all the characters. This is an exciting new read. And although I specialize in women's fiction, this novel transcends gender and will appeal to both sexes! Truly a delight!

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