Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In the early months of , Boston is seething The Charade (Sonnet Books) – Kindle edition by Laura Lee Guhrke. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The Charade by Laura Lee Guhrke – book cover, description, publication history. The Charade by Laura Lee Guhrke – Honor, freedom, liberty those were mere words to Katie Armstrong, a savvy thief and indentured servant on the run in.

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In the early months ofBoston is seething with unrest ready to explode into revolution. Into this climate of hostility appears accomplished liar and thief Katie Armstrong, a runaway indentured servant. When two men observe the attractive young woman successfully plying her skills in the market, she has no choice but to do as each one bids thr order to retain her precarious freedom.

The ruthless Viscount Lowden forces Katie to ,aura on subversive colonial activity in hopes of learning the real identity of John Smith, a revolutionary leader who is constantly thwarting redcoat lzura. Ethan Harding, a wealthy Tory sympathizer, forces Katie to spy for his side, and establishes her in elegant surroundings. Both men control Katie by threatening to return her to her sadistic master if she fails, but promise her freedom if she succeeds. Katie’s dangerous existence becomes even more critical when she falls in love with Ethan–and discovers John Smith’s true identity.

Guhrke’s Breathless cast of engaging characters, the well-researched historical background and a fast-paced plot provide a perfect context for the clever repartee and romantic tension between Katie and Ethan.

Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. From award-winning author Laura Lee Guhrke comes a captivating tale of shadowed passion set against the fiery storms of the American Revolution For the sake of survival, she agreed to a British lord’s bribe: But soon the cagey John Smith was making the same threat — unless she spied for him.

Katie planned to play both men against each other Ethan Harding’s steely heart was ready to risk anything to end British tyranny — even if it meant taking on the false identity of John Smith, putting his own life in jeopardy, or blackmailing a beautiful and terrified young woman. And if that woman’s angelic face made other men spill their secrets, so much the better. But now, Katie Armstrong’s charms were about to betray his heart and his cause — and his desire for the elusive temptress would turn the tables on everyone and everything he had pledged to protect.

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Not So Innocent Sonnet Books. Catch a Falling Heiress: The Wicked Ways of a Duke. From Publishers Weekly In the early months guyrkeBoston is seething with unrest ready to explode into revolution. Sonnet Books Mass Market Paperback: Pocket Books March 1, Language: Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 5 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Since the back cover description is already given on this page, I’ll skip straight to my review: This was not romance with a historical backdrop.

This was history with a little bit of romance thrown in to spice it up. There were huge sections that read like they were out of a textbook. Whenever there was a long scene of the hero discussing the growing unrest in the colonies and their need to be free of England and there were a lot of themmy eyes would glaze over.

I read romance novels for the romance, not to read about political struggle. It’s fine for added interest, but not as the main focus gujrke the book.

If that’s what I was interested in, I’d read historical fiction, not romance. While the characters were pretty likeable, they weren’t ones that capture your heart or stick with you for very long.

I couldn’t force myself to keep plowing through the dry history to find out what happened to them, because I found that I just didn’t care all that much. Another reviewer has said that this book is romance “formula”. I don’t always mind chatade writing, as some authors can make it feel new again.

I thought that Guhrke was one of those writers. Maybe I was mistaken. I guess she’s one of those hit-or-miss authors. If she’s on, then the book is brilliant. If she’s off, then it’s rather boring. Not recommended by this reader. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Their isn’t a book by Laura Guhrke I have read that I don’t really love.

She is one of the authors that I started to read one book and got into reading every one I could find from her Her characters are great and their is romance in them. Obvious ending but, but had a few twists. In Boston, two individuals, unaware of one another, observe runaway Katie Armstrong pick the pocket of a British soldier.


Dandy Ethan Harding thinks the thief is quite good at her trade. Amoral Viscount Lowden feels he can blackmail the robber into spying for him. Lowden learns that Katie is an indentured servant who spent time in Newgate. He provides Katie a choice of being returned to her vicious Virginia owner or learning the true identity of John Smith, master spy for the Sons of Liberty.

Through a perfectly done ploy, Katie works for a tavern owner where anti-British activity occurs even though John Smith objects. As Katie and John spend time together, they fall in love. She soon realizes that the dandy Ethan and her beloved John are the same person. She also cares for the friends and family of her kind employer.

If she turns in John or his associates, Kate will have destroyed her heart. If she does not, she will be dead. John-Ethan is an American Scarlet Pimpernel. Katie is an intriguing character who learns that reaching out and caring for others and being cared for by others are human needs. The support cast, including real historical figures, provides extra insight to the era. Laura Lee Guhrke triumphantly makes Boston seem vividly bustling with life and energy.

The Charade

This was really a good book. One of those you just don’t want to put down until it’s finished! I thought Katie was a wonderful character, not too perfect or refined, but still capable of having a sensitive level. The attraction between her and “John” was marvelous. Seeing the transformation of Katie from a hardened street thief to someone who really cared about “John” was special. I liked the love scenes, very romantic but not overly graphic. Some things are better left to the imagination.

And even though there was the fairly typical misunderstanding between the two lovers, they weren’t kept apart for very long. I was happy about that. I’m now looking for other books by this author. See all 5 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

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