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Mrs Merlin's academy for young ladies is like no other young ladies academy, its young ladies are actually orphans and waifs found in the slums of London, picked out by Lord Lynsley for their strength and intelligence they are England's secret weapon. They are trained assassins who will be sent in undercover to situations where a woman is more likely to get results than a man.
Siena is one of these young ladies, her mission is to discover which of the six members of the exclusive book club 'The Gilded Page,' is using the club as a front for passing on secrets to the French. Posing as the beautiful courtesan 'The Golden Dove,' she invites the men to compete for her favours whilst she tries to discover who is the traitor.
Her prime suspect is Adrian Henning, the Earl of Kirtland who was forced to resign his commission in the army after a court martial, but nothing is as it appears.
I really enjoyed this book and was glad to discover that it is the first of a three part series, I haven't come across this sort of plot before, so to me at least it was unique.
Siena came across as a very likeable and human character, unlike many of the heroines in period romances who sometimes make me wonder why I'm reading the book when I don't like the main character.
The portrayal of Kirtland was also very believable, his character and his actions matched although we were often asked to question whether it was just a facade to hide a man who wanted revenge at any cost.
I'd recommend this book to anybody who likes period romances or spy novels and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.