She thought she had nothing left to lose but her honor.
She was wrong.
When Catherine Ashcroft discovers a link between her late husband’s untimely death and her enigmatic, absentee neighbor, Lord Somerton, she searches for answers while helping the earl repair his crumbling estate. Only she’s not prepared for his patient acceptance of her horse-crazed daughter, nor the feelings his heated touches stir to life.
Sebastian Danvers keeps his cards close to his chest and people at arm’s length. As Britain’s top spymaster, his work depends on his ability to assess potential threats and make ruthless decisions. What he didn’t count on was fearless, passionate Catherine, a widow determined to find her husband’s killer, despite the danger her questions incite, and a woman he must protect at all costs—even if it means denying his own heart.
As Sebastian’s enemy closes in, the two must set aside their secrets and work together to protect Catherine’s daughter—and explore a love that could save them both.
First published in 2013 as Checkmate, My Lord. This remastered edition published in 2022.
“Spies, adventure, risk, high stakes attraction – a compelling read that will keep you turning pages way past midnight.”
~ Anna Campbell, author of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED
“This novel was like chocolate for me–I loved it and consumed it quickly. I can’t wait for Tracey Devlyn’s next exciting tale of danger, daring and love!”
~ Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author
(Previously titled Checkmate, My Lord)
“Devlyn’s seamless writing will entice readers and keep them eager for the next installment.” ~ Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Devlyn delivers an emotional, powerful read.” ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Devlyn’s edgy and sexy series is gaining momentum, and historical-romantic suspense fans, particularly those who enjoy Brenda Joyce, will delight in this.” ~ Booklist
“Love the characters, lots of mystery, murderers, spies and lots of romance! An edge of your seat exciting read!” ~ Fresh Fiction
“Tracey Devlyn’s writing style is compelling and powerful. She taps into the emotions and senses of the reader as she reveals the dark side of human nature as well as the giving, honest, and loving side that overrides the darkness.” ~ Long and Short Reviews
“Devlyn’s second romance thriller, and like her first, it comes with an exciting plot, steamy love scenes, and twists and turns throughout.” ~ Historical Novel Society
“It is a truly enthralling romantic thriller.” ~ All About Romance