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A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.
In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss is too tempting to resist. She aches to trust him, but she will not abandon her quest for the truth.
Colton is a man with secrets of his own. Thirsting for vengeance, the disgraced Scotland Yard detective has infiltrated the criminal world he’s vowed to destroy. Jennie intrigues him, even as she breaks down the barriers around his heart. He yearns to uncover her secrets—in and out of his bed. Driven to shield her, he’ll risk everything to protect the woman whose love heals his soul.
"Fast paced, heart-pounding, thrills and chills Victorian Romance." ~My Book Addiction and More
"Adventure, murder, mystery and romance, this one has got it all." ~Book diva, NetGalley review
"If you enjoy love, betrayal, trust, solving a mystery, this is a good read for you!!" ~ Nicole, Goodreads review
"This was a lovely historical romance with very interesting characters." ~Bookwormlover, Goodreads review
"Tara Kingston is an amazing writer!" ~Kimberly, NetGalley review
"Aww, this was so cute!! Loved it." ~ Once Upon a Bookish Time
This novel is full of murder, mayhem, intrigue, and of course romance. I enjoyed reading it because the story is very good. Colton is my favourite character in this book. He is a man with many secrets, some not good. Jennie knows that she should stay away from him but he might lead her t... ...more
In Victorian London, Jennie Quinn, a reporter is working undercover at an Inn as part of her determination to discover who murdered her informer..
Former Police Inspector Matthew Colton, now a member of a notorious criminal gang crosses her path. But what is the connection between the gang, the de... ...more
When a Lady Deceives (Her Majesty's Most Secret Service, Book 1) by Tara Kingston is an intriguing Victorian Romance set in 1890 England. WOW! What an intriguing introduction to a new and what promises to be an impressive series.
Jennie Quinn, a tenacious, undercover journalist/reporter, who emplo... ...more
This is my first read by Tara Kingston and it was very interesting. The book has suspense, mystery, romance and nice characters. Jennie is a reporter who is working undercover trying to find out who killed her informant. Matthew is the bastard son of Lord Winthrop and before being recognized by h... ...more
I like a good, snappy intrigue and this book has it, plus some steamy chemistry. Jennie Quinn is the kind of woman I like to see in novels - independent and goal oriented. As an undercover reporter, she is not perfect, which gets her into more than a few dangerous situations, but Matthew Colton,... ...more
What an incredible way to start a series. You have mystery, murders, threats, dark alleyways, secrets, underlying passion, protective instincts on steroids, vindication, and love. Ms. Kingston has wrapped all of this up in a story of revenge and doing the right thing.
Virginia Jeanette “Jennie” Qu... ...more
I received an ARC for a honest review
London, 1890. In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant. The books start with Jenny finding Mary McDaniel, her informant, with her throat cut in an alley. Jenny was to be... ...more
This story has solid writing and good characters, but it seemed like there was entirely way too much repetition. I enjoyed the banter (and the romance) between Matthew and Jennie - and the conclusion was something I did not expect - however it was the getting there that lost points with me.
Yes t... ...more
Jennie is a reporter undercover to try and figure out who murdered her informant. Not much is said of Jennie's family other than they are adventurous and supportive. Matthew, the bastard son of Lord Winthrop, formerly an Inspector from Scotland Yard, is the head enforcer for Claude Harwick. Matth... ...more
This was a lovely historical romance with very interesting characters.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
WHEN A LADY DECEIVES, Tara Kingston’s first book in HER MAJESTY’S MOST SECRET SERVICE series, is a keeper!
Reporter Jennie Quinn is thrown into the murder investigation of an informant, who worked at a tavern run by a villainous criminal she suspects had her source killed. Jennie goes undercover a... ...more
A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.
In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic f... ...more
A female investigator trolling the underworld to uncover criminal activity would be dangerous today, but in Victorian times it was almost suicidal. Jennie Quinn is investigating an underworld boss when her informant is murdered. She is determined to bring the villain to justice, even if it means... ...more
London in 1890 where the book “When a Lady Deceives” is dark and intriguing story of reporter Jennie Quinn going undercover and using deception as a weapon to solve a murder of an informant who was murdered for the information she carried. Disgraced Scotland Yard detective, Matthew Colton is as d... ...more
I could not resist this one because it promised mystery back in the day with characters that called to you. Jennie because of what she does and how gets you rooted to the spot right away because she is the type of female I hoped I would of been in that time. She does though go after answers that... ...more
** ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice change of pace for the typical story about Lords and Ladys. I highly recommend this book if you like lots of suspense mixed in with your romance! ...more
First book in a promising new series!
Cover - Really beautiful! Catching colors with a sensual couple very fitting for a Victorian book.
Plot- This was a good plot. Full of mystery and suspense, this book kept me guessing and wanting more until the end. The author written style was very... ...more
kingston's when a lady deceives kicks off a new series set in late victorian london. jennie quinn is an investigative reporter for the herald in the style of nellie bly. she's gone undercover at insane asylums to reveal inhumane conditions, and her current case is more personal in nature, she's g... ...more
I received this book from net galley for an honest review. Thank you!!
This was an enjoyable read. I liked the main characters interactions. Matthew and Jennie, are both entangled in a web of deceit and lies, each having alterior motives. Matthew infiltrates Harwick's gang to bring him to justice... ...more
'When a Lady Deceives' by Tara Kingston is the story of Jennie Quinn and Matthew Colton.
This is my first book by this author but not my last. This book took you in pretty quickly from the first page of the story.
Jennie was to meet and informant but instead found her dead at their meeting spot.... ...more
Not your typical HR
I really liked that this was not your typical duke/debutante romance. It has intrigue, suspense, crime, and good character tension.
I liked Colton's character a lot-author did a good job demonstrating his struggle.
I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to more... ...more
A good spy story
This is the first book I read from Tara Kingston and I enjoyed it a lot. The story line was full of adventure, intrigue, mystery and romance. I highly recommend this book. ...more