Review: The Smuggler Wore Silk by Alyssa Alexander

smuggler wore silkReviewed by Jen

Julian’s entire life is wrapped up in his work as a spy. But a traitor has threatened to take it all away from him by exposing his identity.  The crown wants him to retire, but he plans to uncover the traitor and work himself back into the fold. His only lead is a Grace Hannah, a young lady who seems to have ties to the smuggling community.  He picks up his ignored title of Earl and returns to the home he left behind more than two decades earlier.

Grace is a good woman. She’s a poor relation treated badly by her uncle.  She does good work, giving medical care to those in need.  She is outwardly calm and controlled, but almost immediately after meeting her, Julian senses she is vibrant and sharp. Their attraction is quick, but they are both wary. Grace, because she knows of Julian’s reputation as The Wandering Earl; Julian, because he fears Grace may be in league with the traitors.  Despite their reservations, though, it’s only a matter of time before they are unable to resist temptation.

It was a pretty engaging story.  I really liked Grace and her quiet dignity.  She is wonderfully giving and loyal without giving in to being a doormat or a martyr.  Julian was angsty and determined –and also vulnerable and sexy.  I liked that he was such a mixed bag of emotions –it kept him from being one dimensional.  More than anything, I enjoyed the moments with Grace and Julian together. Their sexy times were great –and even better, were the times he burned to defend her honor against those who hurt her. (*swoon*)

I found the mystery of the traitor to be pretty good. The story kept me guessing until the very end, which was cool. My only complaint is that I felt like the ending was abrupt.  I would have liked one more chapter, or perhaps and Epilogue, to give me some closure or feel-good moments with our couple.  It wasn’t a cliffhanger or anything, but it felt like the book just kind of stopped instead of giving me a satisfying conclusion.

Rating: B

*ARC Provided by Berkley

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The Smuggler Wore Silk
by Alyssa Alexander
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Berkley

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