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Peek Inside When A Lady Deceives

In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn goes undercover seeking justice for a murdered informant, only to be drawn into a criminal’s seductive game. Matthew Colton is a dangerous man with secrets of his own, but the mystery in his eyes and the temptation of his touch prove too powerful to resist. Forging an undeniable passion, Jennie and Matthew must risk everything to destroy the web of treachery that threatens their love—and their lives.

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London, 1890.

Reporter Jennie Quinn is determined to find justice for a murdered informant. Deception is her weapon of choice, but being undercover cannot protect her from a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. She aches to trust Matthew Colton, the enigmatic former lawman with passionate kisses too tempting to resist. Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, though, and Jennie will not abandon her quest for the truth.

Seeking vengeance against those who destroyed his career with Scotland Yard, Colton has worked hard to infiltrate the criminal world he’s vowed to bring down. Jennie fascinates him… enough that he feels the barriers around his heart breaking down.

But their secrets may destroy everything.

Each book in the Her Majesty’s Most Secret Service series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:

Book #1 When a Lady Deceives
Book #2 When a Lady Dares
Book #3 When a Lady Desires a Wicked Lord
Book #4 When a Lady Kisses a Scot


"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

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757424
Series: Her Majesty's Most Secret Service, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 22, 2016
Page Count: 400
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical, historical victorian
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, enemies to lovers, revenge

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By Susan August 03, 2016

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 death ...more

By Fizza August 17, 2016

4.5 Stars
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 to t ...more

By April August 22, 2016

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 employs ...more

By Vero December 14, 2016

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 him ...more

By Kathleen August 22, 2016

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, a f ...more

By Lisa August 24, 2016

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” Quinn ...more

By Janet August 19, 2016

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 gi ...more

By Krystal August 21, 2016

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 thes ...more

By Rachel- Goodbye Borders May 28, 2017

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. Matthew ...more

By Bookwormlover August 04, 2016

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

By Isabelle October 03, 2016

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First book in a promising new series!

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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 styl ...more

By Brenda August 22, 2016

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 form ...more

By Petula August 22, 2016

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 put ...more

By Lane August 24, 2016

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 and ...more

By Debbie September 04, 2016

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 dang ...more

By Denise August 23, 2016

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 not ...more

By Amanda February 06, 2017

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 by ...more

By Maria November 23, 2016

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

By Sara August 24, 2016

** 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

By Mickey October 20, 2019


As the first book in a new series, When a Lady Deceives is an action-packed blockbuster of a romance novel with enough thrills and chills to last a lifetime. There is a "Ripper" like murder killing off actresses, barmaids and young women indiscriminately. The heroine Jennie, her ...more

By Wendy February 28, 2019

Loved the book! Tara Kingston is a wonderful author. Jennie is a undercover reporter trying to take down a very dangerous man. She just found her informant dead in an alleyway with her throat slashed. Matthew Colton is Hawkins first LT. and disgraced Scotland Yards Inspector. Matthew is trying to ge ...more

By Pat May 29, 2020

This was a very well-written story with interesting characters. The story was full of intrigue and suspense which I enjoyed. I only gave it 4 stars because there was not enough romance in the story, in my opinion. It felt more like a mystery/suspense novel to me than romance, although there were som ...more

By Janet Russell July 04, 2019

Deliciously seductive

In so many ways. A woman reporter Innovative courageous and resourceful ferreting out the truths meets with a strong seductive secretive man who is a conundrum as they are propelled into a dark and sinister world forced to fight for their lives and for each other’s lives. Can th ...more

By Barbara December 08, 2019

Intrigue and Sexuality

Definitely a page turner. Jenny is an adamant journalist. In her time it was unusual to have parents to support her in her career choice. Jenny and Matthew both made dangerous choices to right the wrongs of a very mean man. Thankfully things work out for them. Very well written ...more

By Pat July 17, 2019


She’s a reporter in England when women were supposed to just be wives and mothers. She’s investigating a known criminal and her informant gets killed, she’s in danger and he’s protecting her. But he’s supposed to be part of the gang, can her heart be wrong ...more

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Tara Kingston

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Tara Kingston

Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern Navy brat transplanted to a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara’s a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases and collection of unusual bookmarks. It goes without saying that Tara’s husband is thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another bookcase. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys cycling, hiking, and cheering on her favorite football team. Learn more about Tara at

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