Monday, March 28, 2022

Historical Romance Review: Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill

Book Description:
Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves--or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he's been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name--and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors' threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn't all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home--and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiancée is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career--but that's better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there's no question they're both still keeping secrets--and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

My Thoughts:
I thoroughly enjoyed Crystal Caudill's debut novel. Her research on the Secret Service and the Gilded Age shines as she sets the stage for Theresa and Broderick's story on the streets of Cincinnati. Theresa's plucky personality and Broderick's determination create an intriguing and at times dangerous story. The romance, danger, and secrets jump off the page as the characters scramble to figure out who is behind the counterfeiting and to what extent they'll go for love. If you enjoy historical romance with suspense and intrigue, you'll love Counterfeit Love. I look forward to more from this brand-new author. I purchased Counterfeit Love. My opinions are my own.

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