Book: Revealed by Kate Noble
Published March 2009|Published by Penguin Group|368 pages|Purchased for my Nook
Part of a series? Yes, The Blue Raven #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Goodreads.com Summary: From the acclaimed author of Compromised comes a tale of love and war among the ton. Phillippa Benning is the unrivaled beauty of the Season. But when another lady challenges her for a marquiss attentions, Phillippa entices him to a secret rendezvous only to stumble upon The Blue Raven, Englands most famous spy, lurking at the site of her planned tryst. The Blue Raven has uncovered an enemy plot directed at upcoming society functions, but hes unable to infiltrate London society. Phillippa makes an offer: in exchange for entre among the ton, he agrees to have his true identity revealed at the Benning Ballguaranteeing her unrivaled notoriety. As the danger draws closer, the mysterious spy and Phillippa give in to mutual desire. But when the game turns deadly, betrayal waits around the corner, and Phillippa must decide once and for all, is it the myth that captured her heart, or the man?
I totally wasn’t sure about Revealed at first, but by the end, I was so acting like a fan girl! When I read a book like Revealed, I’m reminded of why I love romance in the first place, and it always makes me want to read more!
Like, I loved the parts where Marcus and Philippa were together. Seriously, reading some of those scenes made me giggle. They’re great on their own, but you put them together, and something magical happens! And I so wanted Broughton to be the bad guy, but thankfully it wasn’t Byrne. Phillippa was a fun character, and even when she acted like a total brat, you still couldn’t help but like her.
I liked the spy element of it, and Phillippa trying to help Byrne and Marcus was…interesting at times. Especially when they had to call on Jane, Philippa’s rival, for help. It’s too bad we don’t get more of their history in this one, but I loved the snarkiness between the two of them. And of course, the whirlwind that is the Season, was fun to read.
There wasn’t as much romance as I was expecting, but there was still a lot of tension between Marcus and Phillippa. Just seeing the back and forth was so much fun! Considering there was a (surprisingly) not annoying love triangle, and trying to figure out who was selling info to France, I didn’t mind that the romance took a back seat times.
Everything worked so well together, and I can’t wait to see what sort of trouble Philippa gets herself into in the next one!
I don’t have much to else to add, but I am definitely a fan of Kate Noble…after one book! I’m looking forward to reading her other books, because I really enjoyed Revealed. It’s a fun read, and it was just…delightful! The characters are great, I loved the setting, and I love the mystery too! Revealed gets 5 stars!