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Peek Inside A Perilous Passion

The Earl of Beckport is living incognito, hunting a band of smugglers at the center of a French plot to invade England. Beautiful, enigmatic Charlotte Allston instantly becomes a person of interest...and not just in the smuggling case.

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Miss Charlotte Allston is unwittingly ensnared in a sinister web of traitors and spies when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome stranger on the beach. Fiercely determined to redeem his honor after a humiliating military defeat, the Earl of Beckport is living incognito, hunting a band of smugglers at the center of a French plot to invade England.

The enigmatic Miss Allston instantly becomes a person of interest to the earl...and not just in the smuggling case. Passion flares swift and hot between the two. But when her attempts to help with his secret mission only endanger it, he must question where her loyalty truly lies.

Stunned by the sudden revelation that the woman he is falling for is the daughter of a notorious smuggler, Beckport feels duty-bound to report her. But then Charlotte is captured by the very traitor he's after, forcing the earl to decide between redemption...and love.


“This book was very entertaining – it is full of witty dialogue between the two main characters. There is also plenty of action and romance, ensuring that the book never faulted in its pace. This book will not disappoint!” –S.H., Goodreads

“This was such a great read lots of intrigue spying and passionate moments. Enjoyable witty banter and sizzling chemistry between Charlotte and Rafe the story flowed exceptionally well with lots of twists and turns it’s sure to keep you entertained till the last page.” –Maria D., NetGalley

Rafe is everything you want in a hero, brave, caring, kind & of course gorgeous. Charlotte is likeable but she is also headstrong & often this lands her in trouble. I thoroughly enjoyed the book & look forward to more from the author!” –Janet B., Goodreads

“Handsome Undercover spy, hidden smugglers, engaging heroine and quirky characters.  What more could you ask for? Strong attraction, an old suitor and a cast of characters make this book a fun read that you will not be able to put down.  Well done Elizabeth Keysian!” –Lori D., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640634459
Series: Wanton in Wessex, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 11, 2017
Page Count: 250
Imprint: amara
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: across the tracks, mistaken identity, overcoming odds, redemption, second chance

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By Michelle December 11, 2017

This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth, and I wasn't disappointed. This was a book that I didn't want to end.

Normally I'm not keen on romances based around smuggling, well let me tell you Elizabeth has changed my mind, and there was some laugh out moments. All I will say on that front is... ...more

By Suze December 11, 2017

It's 1804 and Charlotte lives with her mother and aunt. She hasn't got a flawless reputation, but she tries to keep this hidden. Unfortunately her curious nature gets her in trouble. When she meets Rafe she unintentionally becomes involved in a case against smugglers. Rafe is working under a fals... ...more

By Lori December 11, 2017

Handsome Undercover spy, hidden smugglers, engaging heroine and quirky characters. What more could you ask for? From the first chapter, the story engages the reader trying to determine what is happening.. A classic case of things are not always as they appear! Charlotte Allston, our heroine, is a... ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review December 10, 2017

A Perilous Passion by Elizabeth Keysian is the story of Charlotte Allston and Rafe Pemeroy, the Earl of Beckport.
Rafe is pretending to be Rafe Seabourne a country squire and is staying at Dovehouse Farm looking to make a go of it. But he really is a Spy looking for a Smuggling ring and a traitor... ...more

By Gwessie December 07, 2017

Naughtiness 3 *

Absolutely brilliant book, again Elizabeth has most definitely not disappointed. This truly is a fantastic read with everything including a hero and heroine very easy to adore.

As always I won't give spoilers, but I can honestly say that this amazing book has everything you need. Ro... ...more

By Rachel- Goodbye Borders December 10, 2017

Charlotte lives with her mother and aunt in a somewhat remote part of England. Charlotte's dad was a smuggler and was going to confess and receive a pardon. He was murdered before he could receive the pardon. Rafe, the Earl of Beckport, had an Incident happen while in the military on an impor... ...more

By Anissa December 03, 2017

Exciting tale of smugglers, spies and one dashing Hero...I found Rafe Pomeroy, Earl of Beckport to be quite the hero. Very different than most novels I have read! Rafe has quite the quirk, he sneezes due to an allergy and has gotten into trouble for it during the war. Now embarrassed he quit the... ...more

By Janet December 09, 2017

Miss Charlotte Allston & her mother moved to Dorset to live with Aunt Flora after her father’s death & are living under assumed names. Charlotte is unwittingly ensnared in a sinister web of traitors and spies when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome stranger on the beach. Fi... ...more

By L December 11, 2017

Miss Charlotte Allston and Rafe Pomeroy, Earl of Beckport have both ensconced themselves in Dorset for two different reasons. Charlotte and her mother are in hiding, from the murderers of her smuggler father. Rafe, on the other hand is working in the service of the crown, as a spy, to ferret out... ...more

By Anna December 13, 2017

Downgraded NOPE! .... a little slow in middle...
Its a buy buy buy book! Wow, your either going to absolutely love this book or ....not. I am one of the ones that truly enjoyed the story the characters, the plot the elements of spying, love, and misconceptions. This is not the usual start in the... ...more

By Maria December 03, 2017

This was such an engaging read, the Earl of Beckport is on a mission to prove that his humiliating departure from the army is not what defines him he’s working incognito to capture smugglers. Charlotte Allston is the daughter of a deceased smuggler that could be a person of interest, especially w... ...more

By Petula December 10, 2017

Miss Charlotte Allston is being punished by her mother for an indiscretion. She has to take someone with her every time she leaves the house. Luckily her aunt is not so strict. A very surprising meeting on the beach certainly gives her something to take her mind off her broken heart.
Rafe Pomeroy... ...more

By Candace November 24, 2017

I've said this before and I will say it again, Elizabeth Keysian has a gift for storytelling!  I absolutely love a book centered around Napoleon Bonaparte, smuggling, traitors, lords and spies and I wasn't disappointed with this one either.
I truly enjoyed Rafe and Charlottes story.  It was a refr... ...more

By Monika December 11, 2017

This is my first book by Elizabeth Keysian but definitely not my last. I very much enjoyed the story. It was a fun read with excellent supporting characters; i. e. the lovable aunt, the annoying mother, the whiny ex. Unfortunately, the villain was revealed way too soon. It took away from the susp... ...more

By Maggie November 28, 2017

My fist book by Ms Keysian, and I thought it was very good .
The characters had depth and I loved they’re interaction.
The story of smuggling was a favourite of mine , so I was sold on the plot from the start.
The hero and heroine were made for each other and I loved her auntie , such a char... ...more

By Angela November 25, 2017

This story has a lot going for it – spies, smuggling, highwaymen, deserters, intrigue, passion and a woman who does rescues the man. Rafe and Charlotte work together (albeit he does not want her help not due to her being a woman but because he does not want to see her hurt) to uncover the smuggli... ...more

By Kim December 30, 2017

This book hooked me right away. Charlotte Allston meets the Earl of Beckport and the chemistry flames between them instantly. She is hiding in Dorset, as she is the daughter of a smuggler, he is incognito hunting a band of smugglers.

I loved watching them interact and enjoyed the secondary charac... ...more

By nikkia December 11, 2017

Thanks Entangled Publishing, LLC and netgalley for this ARC.

This romance will steal your heart with its whimsy, danger, and reckless passion.

By Deb December 11, 2017

A Perilous Passion by Elizabeth Keysian is a phenomenal historical romance. Ms. Keysian has once again delivered a book that is well-written. The characters and their interaction is fantastic. Charlotte is the daughter of a smuggler that was murdered before he could be pardoned. Rafe is the Earl... ...more

By Lesley December 11, 2017

Spies and Smugglers.
All too often smugglers tend to be given a romantic glow but they were often cutthroat criminals and I believe it was true that Napoleon sympathizers used the trade to pass secrets to and from France. It is against this background that the story is set. Rafe is an undercover s... ...more

By Eva December 11, 2017

rafe seaborne, aka the earl of beckport, is determined to redeem himself after his allergies to a horse ruined a military operation in the midst of war. humiliated he abandoned society and has taken up residence on the coast determined to catch a group of smugglers and a traitor to the crown.

when... ...more

By SH November 26, 2017

‘A Perilous Passion’ deviates from the typical script by creating the character of Rafe, the Earl of Beckport, who isn’t flawless. After having resigned his commission due to his allergy for horses, he is working as a spy for the Crown to intercede smugglers in the Portland village of Fortuneswel... ...more

By Angela December 23, 2017

Loved this story! Our main characters are Charlotte and Rafe. The story begins with a wrong assumption and moves on to much more intriguing incidents and people! Charlotte is not what she seems, and neither is Rafe. What they are though is completely drawn to each other.
I loved the story line and... ...more

By Zipporah December 01, 2017

First things first congratulations to the author on releasing what I consider their best book yet.

A very enjoyable read. Instead of having to wait several chapters for this book to capture my attention I got hooked on the first sentence. Often times if a book has me interested right from the sta... ...more

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Elizabeth Keysian

About the author

Elizabeth Keysian

Elizabeth Keysian felt destined to write historical romance due to her Cornish descent, and an ancestral connection to the Norse god Odin. Being an only child gave her plenty of time to read, create imaginary worlds, produce her own comics, and write sketches and a deplorably bad musical for an amateur dramatics group. Three decades spent working in museums and archaeology fired Elizabeth's urge to write, as did living on a Knights Templar estate, with a garage full of skeletons, a resident ghost and a moat teeming with newts. Elizabeth lives near Bath in England with her partner and cats. Subscribe to her author newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cxe369

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