A spy and a painter of nudes are an
unlikely combo, but that is how DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS
When Trevelyn Deveridge steps into the
studio of Lady Artemisia, widowed Duchess of Southwyke, itís
a case of mistaken identity. She thinks he is the new model
for one of her paintings, and he does nothing to disillusion
her, hoping he can still get the information he seeks. Of
course, he wasnít expecting to do it in the nude.
Artemisia is a skilled painter, working
on a series of paintings depicting the gods - in the buff.
But her professional detachment deserts her when she sees
the beautifully formed Trevelyn.
She finds herself wanting to know more
about him, but little things donít add up. When she finds
out heís been keeping secrets, she has to decide if the
wonderful feelings he brings out in her are worth the cost
of not being able to trust him.
I admit that the premise of
Distracting the Duchess is one I had not come across
before Ė a widowed, titled painter, raised in British India,
and a well-born spy, meet and fall in love. I had fun
seeing how the two came together. The first half is mostly
about falling for each other despite themselves, and the
second half is more focused on the mission Trev is on and
their attempts to figure it out in time.
I liked Trevelyn quite a bit. He was
fun, sexy, mysterious even as his secrets are revealed. And
the recurring theme about India was well handled, not
overdone as I have seen in other books. Art, sex and
mystery Ė what else could you want?