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Traitor in Her Arms (The Scarlet Chronicles, #2) Two Morally Compromised Souls Wage A Battle Of Wits And Seduction Against The Backdrop Of The French Revolution In This Thrilling Romance From Bestselling Author Shana Galen After Her Late Husband Leaves Her In Debt To Some Dangerous People, Lady Gabrielle McCullough Is Forced To Become A Thief In The Intervening Years, Her Skills Have Not Gone Unnoticed After Being Recruited By The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Mysterious Do Gooder Spiriting Aristocrats Out Of Revolutionary France, Gabrielle Crosses The Channel For The Most Daring Mission Of Her Life Accompanying Her Is The Earl Of Sedgwick, A Thief In His Own Right And An Enticingly Masculine Presence The Man Is Not To Be Trusted Nor Is Gabrielle S Body When He S Near Ramsey Barnes Would Not Say He Is An Honorable Man His Whole Life Has Been Based On A Lie Why Change Now Although It Pains Him To Deceive The Tantalizing Gabrielle, He S Working Toward An Altogether Different Objective Unmasking The Scarlet Pimpernel If Ramsey Fails, His Blackmailer Will Ruin Him But When Ramsey S Confronted With The Carnage Of The Reign Of Terror, He Seeks Refuge In Gabrielle S Heated Embrace Now He Faces A Terrible Choice Betray The Woman Who S Stolen His Heart Or Risk Losing EverythingThis Standalone Novel Includes An Excerpt From Another Loveswept Title


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  1. says:

    Series The Scarlet Chronicles 1Publication Date August 22, 2017Galen s captivating descriptions paint a picture of Paris during the French Revolution that just sucks you right into the time and place Breath coming fast, heart pounding, blood racing you won t be able to put it down once you start reading I d like to address one thing right from the start I have read several reviews that complained that the romance wasn t front and center in this book I sort of thought so too at first Then, I thought about it awhile and realized that there can t be anything much romantic than a man braving the horror that was Paris during the revolution because he wanted to keep a woman safe Yes, there were other factors involved, but keeping her safe and protected was at the front of everything he did So, to me the romance was as front and center as the intrigue and danger.Lady Gabrielle McCullough is a childless widow who is now hounded by some very nasty creditors trying to collect on massive debt left by her gambling husband She has no money and no way of paying these creditors one of whom wants to sell her into prostitution to recoup his debt Gabrielle turns to theft in order to stave them off and she has become a very adept lock picker and thief When she is approached by the Scarlet Pimpernel to take on a rescue mission in Paris, she decides to do it.Lord Sedgewick is living a lie and he s being blackmailed to keep that lie a secret His blackmailer is a sleazy lady with tentacles everywhere and she wants to know the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel She tells Ramsey that she ll turn over all of the incriminating documents to him if he will go to Paris and uncover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel Ramsey feels he doesn t have a choice because the lives of his family, tenants and the local village depends on him Gabrielle and Ramsey are drawn to each other in the backdrop of the intrigue, suspense, danger and ghoulishness of the Reign Of Terror during the French Revolution They learn to love and trust each other, but that love and trust are hard won because they are both very flawed individuals dealing with extremely stressful times The descriptions of the streets of Paris, the prison conditions, the mob rule and blood thirst are so captivating that you will shiver with dread of what might come next How can they survive this ordeal, escape Paris and stay in love You ll have to read it to see.One thing I question is the reason for Gabrielle having to be responsible for her husband s debt Her husband was a viscount and he had no sons So, some other male heir would have inherited the title and the debts along with it rather than the widow That male heir would also have inherited responsibility for seeing after Gabrielle Anyway that didn t really bother me because the story was so good but I did question it I requested and received this book at no cost to me and volunteered to read it my review is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.


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    3.5 stars C Traitor in Her Arms, the first book in Shana Galen s new Scarlet Chronicles series, takes place in Revolutionary France and features two individuals who are sent to Paris to undertake two very different and dangerous missions in order to fulfil debts owed to a pair of less than scrupulous characters back in England A novel set in France at a momentous time in history featuring spies, feats of derring do, a central couple who are keeping secrets and the Scarlet Pimpernel himself sounded right up my street but while I enjoyed it for the most part, there were a few things about it that didn t quite gel and prevented me from rating it any highly.The widowed Lady Gabrielle McCullough was left destitute when her husband died, and worse, is being hounded by a ruthless man who will not hesitate to hurt her if she fails to pay her late husband s gambling debts Having no way of raising such a large sum, Gabrielle has resorted to thievery with the help of her housekeeper, who taught her to pick locks, and her staunch friend, Lady Diana, the daughter of the Duke of Exeter, Gabrielle has been stealing jewellery from various ladies of the ton in order to pay off the debt She doesn t steal from anyone who can t afford it, but still, stealing is stealing she doesn t like it, but it s that or end up working off the debt on her back in a brothel.But at last, the end is in sight If she can filch the lapis lazuli necklace believed to have been owned by Cleopatra, the money she will make from it will be enough to set her free She attends the ball given by the necklace s owner and makes short work of breaking into the room in which the necklace is kept, only to discover that she has been beaten to it by Ramsey Barnes, the Earl of Sedgwick Gabrielle has no idea what he could possibly want with the jewellery and tries to relieve him of it, but the charged atmosphere between them is impossible to ignore and she succumbs to a kiss which she later realises he used to distract her and to regain possession of the necklace.Gabrielle has no idea that Ramsey is in a not too dissimilar position to herself, although unlike her, his situation is largely of his own making He is being blackmailed by someone who has discovered his deepest, darkest secret, something which could lead to his being condemned to death if it is ever exposed, and intends to use the necklace to buy her off once and for all But she refuses to trade and ups the stakes, telllng Ramsey that she will only hand over the incriminating documents if he agrees to discover the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel.London is rife with stories of the man who is rescuing aristocrats from under the nose of Madame la Guillotine, but many believe him to be merely a myth Gabrielle is among their number until the evening she is approached by him in secret, and asked to perform a service which will mean great personal danger, but which, if successful, will mean freedom for a young woman and her daughter and a new life in England The prison commander at La Force prison in Paris has agreed to smuggle out the Comtesse de Tonnerre and her infant daughter in exchange for Le Saphir Blanc, a bracelet containing an incredibly rare white sapphire that was commissioned by Louis XIV but which went missing in one of the raids on Versailles For this job, the Pimpernel needs a skilled thief, and from what he has heard, Gabrielle fits the bill.Gabrielle is a mess of different emotions Flattered to have been asked, scared at the thought of the danger she might face in a Paris gone mad but mostly relieved that here is an opportunity to get out of England and out from under the threat of her late husband s creditors She takes the mission and makes arrangements to leave for Paris as soon as possible.Of course, Gabrielle and Ramsey end up taking the same ship for France, both of them being cagey about their reasons for going at such a time Each begins by viewing their mission as either an impersonal but necessary task Ramsey or a noble quest to save innocent lives Gabrielle , but their outlooks change quickly once they have entered a Paris in which the streets really do run with rivers of blood Ms Galen s depiction of the horrors of the revolution and of the mood of fear and disquiet that pervades the city and its inhabitants is very evocative, and she doesn t sugar coat the fanatical devotion of the new republicans or the violence and destruction that continue to plague the city The relationship between the couple plays out against this backdrop they have known each other for a number of years and although Gabrielle was married to Ramsey s best friend, there has always been a strong undercurrent of attraction between them This pre existing situation makes it easier for the reader to believe in that attraction and in their subsequent romance, although to tell the truth, there isn t a great deal of romantic development in the story which is not surprising given that Ramsey and Gabrielle are forever looking over their shoulders in fear of discovery Mind you, that doesn t stop them from having sex on the floor of the catacombs It s also rather a big stretch of credulity to believe that the Pimpernel would send someone like Gabrielle on such a mission She s supposed to be a super expert thief, but we never really see that, and it s quickly obvious that she s completely out of her depth and just isn t capable of the kinds of machinations and level of deception that she needs in order to pull off her task successfully On the one hand, her fears and doubts about what she is setting out to do feel realistic and I applaud the author for showing those to the reader characters need a little vulnerability otherwise there s a danger they could become unlikeable The problem is that Gabrielle almost always needs Ramsey or one of the other characters to help her out of a tight spot, and is following rather than leading Plus, we know that Ramsey is using Gabrielle to get to the Pimpernel, which doesn t exactly make for the ideal romantic hero although it s very obvious that his principal concern is to keep Gabrielle safe for her own sake and in spite of his ulterior motive.Ultimately, Gabrielle is fairly bland but Ramsey made of an impression on me Stories in which the hero lies to the heroine are difficult to pull off, but Ms Galen just about manages it here, especially when the reader is made privy to the secret that has come back to bite him in the arse and the reasons behind it He made let s call it an unwise decision for altruistic reasons when he was a much younger man and exposure will risk than his own neck.The weaknesses in Gabrielle s characterisation and Ramsey s not always palatable motivations are the main reasons for my not rating the book highly, although a couple of smaller things bugged me, too, such as the overly chummy housekeeper and the fact that I couldn t help wondering why, when so many historicals feature men landed in debt thanks to their profligate predecessors, Gabrielle s late husband s debts hadn t been inherited by his heir When push comes to shove however, I did enjoy the story and will look out for the next one as the adventure portion of Traitor in Her Arms is very well done I d like a bit actual romance next time, though.


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    I loved this story so much I was doubly glad that it was a long one because I could enjoy it for reading hours Two unlikely people, two thieves, are nonetheless drawn to each other despite their dire circumstances in life From their first meeting at a ball where they are both attempting to steal jewelry, Ramsey and Gabrielle play with fire while dodging creditors and cutthroats in England and Reign of Terror gendarmes in Paris during their daring do to rescue a couple of citizens from the guillotine Their experiences along the way are so spectacular and scary they are legendary and through it all they remained steadfast with each other This is indeed a swoon worthy romance I received a pre published copy of this book from NetGalley.


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    This is a wonderfully complex, compelling book that will keep you up reading it I will admit that I have always liked the Scarlet Pimpernel story so I enjoyed his appearance in this book This story contains a wonderful romance, danger, blackmail and accurate history Lady Gabrielle McCullough has become a thief to pay her late husband s debts to some unsavory creditors Ramsey Barnes, Earl of Sedgwick, is living a lie and will do anything to protect his secret Gabrielle s late husband was Ramsey s friend so they are well acquainted.While attending a ball, Gabrielle is tricked into entering a room and meets, in darkness, a man she believes to be the Scarlet Pimpernel He wants her for a mission to rescue a mother and child from Paris Meanwhile, the woman who knows Ramsey s secret is blackmailing him to discover the Scarlet Pimpernel s secret Meeting each other on the ship to France, he insists they travel to Paris together Paris is where the story really happens and it is too good for me to spoil I highly recommend this book Thanks to Shana Galen and the publisher for the ARC No one has asked me to write a favorable review, but I loved it


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    PRE RELEASE REVIEW Publication Date 22 August 2017I really enjoyed this first book in Shana Galen s new The Scarlett Chronicles series Set during the French Revolution, it combines a well written, action packed story, with intriguing, flawed characters and a passionate romance I have always loved the idea that the Scarlet Pimpernel actually existed and the fact that Ms Galen uses that premise in this new series, only enhanced my enjoyment of this book.Gabrielle is not a thief by choice but by necessity Her late husband was a heavy gambler and left large gambling debts and his creditors are hounding her for payment If he doesn t receive payment, one particularly unsavoury creditor has threated to exact payment in another way It is either stealing or end up in a brothel Her expertise as a thief has been noticed by the Scarlet Pimpernel who wants her to travel to Paris to rescue the wife and daughter of the compte de Tonnerre, a close friend of the King I love Gabrielle s courage and compassion in agreeing to do it How could she refuse this desperate man How could she allow a woman to be murdered and her child orphaned in a cold, harsh prison Ramsey has a secret which, if revealed, would cost him his life and bring suffering to those he loves Unfortunately, a certain Madame Fouchet has incriminating documents which she is using to blackmail him into doing her bidding He hates being under her control but has no choice because he will do whatever it takes to protect his family and those who depend on him His latest assignment is to discover the identity of the Scarlett Pimpernel.There had once been an undeniable attraction between Gabrielle and Ramsey and, after they shared a passionate interlude together, Ramsey was on the verge of asking her to marry him However, when he failed to declare his intentions, Gabrielle married his best friend, George Now, events are about to throw them together again which only serves to reignite and intensify that attraction.When Ramsey discovers both he and Gabrielle are both going to Paris, he persuades her that she needs his help but intends to use her to uncover the Scarlet Pimpernel s identity I enjoyed seeing Ramsey s struggle with his conflicting emotions He has never thought of himself as loyal, noble or honourable but he is Time and again, he could leave Gabrielle but he can t because she means too much to him At some point, protecting her had become important than protecting himself.Some reviewers have criticised the book for its lack of romance, but I can t imagine anything romantic than a man willing to give his life for the woman he loves.By his own admission, Gabrielle should not trust Ramsey, but his actions are continually at odds with his words He is always there to protect her when she needs him, and shows compassion for people in a Paris prison whom he has never met I like how she realises that she had no right to pass judgement on Ramsey for stealing and lying, when she has been guilty of the same thing herself, and his motives were far nobler than her own Who was she to judge And hadn t his motives been much nobler than hers She had only wanted to save herself He had an entire family, an entire estate, to think of.The sexual tension between these two is palpable He rose hastily, fists clenched and jaw tight, and she realized he was angry Neither are you You practically attack me when we come in here, and when I resist, you stand naked before me He paced, speaking quick, clipped English And then when I capitulate, you tell me no What the hell is this and the danger only intensifies their desire for each other culminating in some highly charged love scenes.I like how Ms Galen includes moments of humour in the story which help to provide a welcome counter balance to the darker elements of the story My favourite scene is where Ramsey becomes somewhat distracted by Gabrielle s disguise I thought it might make movement easier in case we need to leave quickly You re wearing breeches He almost said it again before he realized he d already pointed that out Don t you agree she asked I You re wearing breeches He finally looked up She was wearing a man s shirt and coat as well Where are your He gestured helplessly at her shirt.The plot has plenty of suspense, action and danger, and there were times when I was literally holding my breath, wondering what would happen next I felt Ms Galen resolved the issue of Ramsey s secret in a believable way.Ms Galen brought the chilling horrors of the Reign of Terror vividly to life and I could feel the blood lust of the crowd as the tumbrels rolled past and share the despair and hopelessness of the poor prisoners.Certain members of the Scarlet Pimpernel s League are introduced including Alexandra Martin Alex , Gabrielle and Ramsey s contact in Paris, who plays an important role in the story and really impressed me as a very smart and brave woman, worthy of her own story Gabrielle couldn t help but wonder to whom the Pimpernel s note was addressed my sentiments exactly MY VERDICT If you are looking for a fast paced adventure combined with a passionate romance, then you will enjoy TRAITOR IN HER ARMS The Scarlet Chronicles series so far click on the book covers for details I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review This review was first posted on my Rakes and Rascals Blog


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    In Shana Galen s latest book Traitor in Her Arms the legendary Scarlett Pimpernel and his mission to save French nobles during the Revolution is the catalyst to many events in the story I was surprised how little we see of the man himself but he still plays a very important role Two secret quests, one to save an innocent woman s life and the other to learn the Pimpernel s true identity bring heroine and hero together under the best and worst of circumstances.Lady Gabrielle McCullough has a secret The debts her late husband left behind put her on the verge of ruin but she s been hiding the truth with the assistance of a wealthy friend When selling paintings and family heirlooms wasn t enough to settle things with a few unscrupulous money lenders, Gabrielle turned to thievery Her skills have grown over time and she s managed to grab than a few choice pieces while attending the social gatherings of the Season Her next target is an antique lapis lazuli necklace that belonged to Cleopatra which should earn her enough to pay off the final creditor Breaking into the owner s room to collect the necklace wasn t a problem however her task is complicated when she finds another thief is already in the room and has grabbed the jewels.Ramsey Barnes, the Earl of Sedgewick hasn t been very honest with the ton himself Most of his deceptions are fairly harmless but when someone learns his deepest secret, Ramsey could face ruin Unwilling to risk his lands and the people who depend on the earldom, Ramsay hopes that he can steal the rare and valuable necklace to bribe his blackmailer to give up her evidence against him With the piece in hand Ramsay never expected Gabrielle McCullough to appear in the room on a similar mission to take the necklace Ramsey distracts Gabrielle with a kiss and leaves the building with the jewels but all his effort is pointless when his blackmailer refuses to trade Instead she uses her power over Ramsey to force him on an almost impossible mission with the promise of his freedom when the task is complete With no other options Ramsey accepts her challenge to learn the true identity of the elusive Scarlett Pimpernel.Please read the full review at Romantic Historical Reviews


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    The first book in the new Scarlet Chronicles Series is an action packed adventure with heart stopping peril, steamy sex, and a truly wonderful love story What would you have done if the Scarlet Pimpernel contacted you and asked you to go France during the revolution and steal a valuable piece of jewelry to bribe the warden to free a mother and her child Gabrielle has had to learn how to survive to keep a roof over her head since her husband died and left her buried in debt She is strong, stubborn and fearless.Ramsey, Lord Sedgwick is living a lie If he is found out he will hang Only one person knows his secret, a Madam who expects him to do what she wants whenever she wants Now she wants to know the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel Sedgwick, even though he has secrets is still a good and honorable hero who only wants to help his tenants and his family.Gabrielle and Ramsey wind up reluctant partners on the journey to France Both keeping their secrets close They find themselves in lust with each other and give into their passions But is it just lust or something stronger They will have to trust each other with their deepest darkest secrets I am a big fan of Shana s writing The first book of hers that I read was When You Give A Duke A Diamond , and I was hooked Her characters are strong and intelligent Her stories are not the same old romance plots This book is a perfect example of using historical events and weaving in a story that will enjoy till the very end This one is a keeper


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    Fair warning if a Regency novel also includes stories about the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel, I m probably going to squee over it If it s also written by Shana Galen, one of the finest writers in the Regency genre today, it s pretty much a sure fire winner.So when I saw Traitor In Her Arms available for review on NetGalley, I pounced to click and then crossed my fingers to be selected I was not disappointed This is a fabulous Regency romp with plenty of drama and deeper themes underlying the fun The scenes set in Paris were terribly poignant, especially those of the French aristocrats going to the guillotine Galen captures the pathos of the moment and the atmosphere of a city at war against itself perfectly.Ramsey, Earl of Sedgewick, is hiding a secret he will go to any lengths to protect The fact that protecting his secret and protecting Lady Gabrielle McCullough as she undertakes a mission of her own to Paris align, is just fate as far as he is concerned Until his conscience starts to niggle and he realizes that some things really are worth dying for.Gabrielle McCullough has a secret too Left in dire straits by her wastrel husband, she has turned to thievery to keep his creditors from her throat Specializing in the theft of rare artifacts, when the Scarlet Pimpernel himself recruits her to steal a rare piece that is the only hope for a French countess and her daughter to escape the guillotine, Gabrielle sees little choice but to accept.This is one point where the story fell down a little for me Gabrielle has an opportunity in the first few pages of the story to steal a duchess entire jewelry collection described as a treasure of rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds but she ignores the whole lot in favor of getting the single piece she has been commissioned to steal Since this single piece still wouldn t clear the whole of her debts, even if she found it, I couldn t comprehend why she didn t grab a handful of the rest Not doing so left her vulnerable to the creditors who all wanted their pound of flesh I have no doubt that the villainous Mr Pin would have happily accepted a diamond necklace as part payment.That point didn t spoil my enjoyment of the story, but it did strain my credulity when it came to other things I was just expected to accept for the story s sake I found myself examining Gabrielle and Ramsey s decisions critically and thinking that they weren t acting logically So while I enjoyed the book, I can t really say that I loved it, and therefore I am awarding it 4 stars.Disclaimer I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.


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    What I liked That Ramsey and Gabrielle had a history and backstory that made it plausible for them to have feelings for one another The plot was creative and not the formulaic HR I m used to reading.I found both MC s to be likeable.I wanted to keep reading I became invested, which has to say something.It led me to look up a lot of information about the Reign of Terror, a period I really didn t know much about The writing is good clear, descriptive, yet not flowery or OTT.What didn t work so well for me I had a hard time buying that the Scarlet Pimpernel would ask someone like Gabrielle to go on as serious and dangerous a mission as this How did he even know her situation It seemed a bit forced and silly Plus, how likely is it even that she would have been responsible for her late husband s debts I don t know the rules on that, but I feel like it wouldn t be a given.The fact that Ramsey s and Gabrielle s missions were so conveniently intertwined Too convenient The fact that Ramsey and Gabrielle keep going at it anywhere and everywhere, even in the midst of serious danger and grossness see catacombs It was a bit OTT The fact that said amorous activities and the lightness of tone earlier on in the story gave way to some pretty nasty, gory details about people being torn apart and paraded through the streets quickly and without warning The juxtaposition was a bit jarring So It definitely wasn t perfect, but I ended up liking it than not and wanting to see it through If you re willing to overlook a few things and suspend some disbelief, it s not a bad read 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.


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    There are times when I wonder at my preferences in books Visually the sight of blood and gore makes me queasy I am not particularly fond of gore filled movies, and often have to look away if it gets too much Considering my preferences in these areas of life, why do I relish the romances set against a raw, gore filled background I honestly don t know, but I do Historical romance stories set to the back drop of the French Revolution, the terror portion, have been some of my most enjoyable reads I think I appreciate the juxtaposition of the horribleness of the terror versus the sweetness of falling in love Galen does a marvelous job here of setting the tone and painting the scene of what it was like in Paris during the terror The tension shown during these scenes feels real, and it is nicely or horribly shown.I thought the romance was nice, although the hero is one of flexible moral tendencies, he does come around to being a good, honorable hero The heroine is resilient and strong, and I thought they made a great pair Not my favorite romance, but it is fitting to the characters and situation and fun to read The only problem I have was a couple the plot holes, but otherwise a good read if you like a war setting for your next HR.