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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Honor, freedom, liberty For the sake of survival, she agreed to a British lord's bribe: unmask the identity of the patriot known as John Smith, or be returned to her brutal master.
But soon the cagey John Smith was making the same threat -- unless she spied for h Honor, freedom, liberty But soon the cagey John Smith was making the same threat -- unless she spied for him. Katie planned to play both men against each other Ethan Harding's steely heart was ready to risk anything to end British tyranny -- even if it meant taking on the false identity of John Smith, putting his own life in jeopardy, or blackmailing a beautiful and terrified young woman. And if that woman's angelic face made other men spill their secrets, so much the better.
But now, Katie Armstrong's charms were about to betray his heart and his cause -- and his desire for the elusive temptress would turn the tables on everyone and everything he had pledged to protect. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published November 23rd by Sonnet first published March 1st More Details Original Title. Katie Armstrong , Ethan Harding. Boston, Massachusetts United States. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Charade , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Charade. Oct 26, Robin rated it really liked it Shelves: , historical-romance. Katie Armstrong was an indentured servant who ran away from her master and is living as a thief on the streets of Boston.
Caught stealing by Viscount Lowden, she is blackmailed into spying for him or she will be sent to jail. Katie must uncover the true identity of a Patriot known as John Smith. But when she tracks down John Smith, he threatens to send her back to her master unless she helps him spy against the British. Ethan Harding is using his connections to the British aristocracy to learn t Katie Armstrong was an indentured servant who ran away from her master and is living as a thief on the streets of Boston.
Ethan Harding is using his connections to the British aristocracy to learn the troop movements. Using the false identity of John Smith, he then passes on his information to Paul Revere and his friends. He knows Katie can help him dig up information that will be useful to his cause, but can he trust her? It's so nice to read a historical romance that isn't set in Regency England. This book takes place at the very beginning of the American Revolution.
The British Army occupies Boston and the residents certainly aren't happy about it. Katie is being blackmailed by both sides of the conflict and is playing both men against each other.
Of course, it's no surprise which side she eventually ends up on. My rating: 3. Sep 28, Renae rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , setting-usa-ma , time-revolutionary-war , genre-romance-hist-other. A well-written Revolutionary War romance starring two spies that will appeal to fans of Alyssa Cole's Loyal League series.
The romance was understated and dare I say underdeveloped in order to make room for the spying and espionage plots, but it wasn't much of an issue. Overall, an enjoyable book. This was an excellent read and the fact that I won this book at the BooksonBoard Revolutionary Giveaway over on www. This book takes place in Boston in the days prior to the Battle of Lexxington and Concord.
The people in Boston are angry and tired of the tyranny of the government and well, I won't go into details because this is well known history The characters are wonderful. They are totally believable and real. These aqre people that could easily be This was an excellent read and the fact that I won this book at the BooksonBoard Revolutionary Giveaway over on www.
These aqre people that could easily be your neighbors, if you lived in ! The hero, Ethan Harding, plays the part of a society dandy. Basically, he's a male airhead; or so he seems. In reality he's a Son of Liberty spying on his peers; then, posing as John Smith, passes the information to the revolutionaries.
The heroine, Kate Armstrong, is a runaway indentured servant who was sent to the colonies for stealing. One day in the market place Ethan witnesses Katie stealing a watch and then putting it back before she is punished. But Katie had another witness, a British Lord that blackmails her into spying on the revolutionaries and gives her the task on finding out who is John Smith.
What made this book stand out for me was the writing. Even though this is a romance, it "feels" like historical fiction. It lacks the florid and purple prose that are abundant in many romances these days. That for me is a definite plus in my book!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a good read and a different setting than the prevalent Regency period. Dec 29, Frances rated it did not like it Shelves: historical-romance. He is the most elusive of rebel spies, she is a gorgeous, runaway indentured servant, transported and branded as a thief,virgin, takes her 5 minutes to figure him out, book is a run on sentence of stupidity that lasts pages. Jul 31, Tabetha Waite rated it it was amazing.
I love, love, loved this book! I thought the interaction between Katie and Ethan was wonderful and their characters very like able.
I was skeptical at first, but this book kept my attention from the very first and I never got bored! Spies, intrigue, and the conspiracies surrounding the beginning of the Revolutionary War in Boston kept it fast paced and exciting! The romance was spot on to boot! No wonder Laura Lee Guhrke is one of my fav authors! Jan 01, Carol rated it really liked it. The story incorporated historical facts into a story about two people caught up in the events in Boxton during Whig Pubs, Tory Pubs, Redcosts, spying, not having tea to drink I enjoyed the story and appreciated painlessly learning more about the time period.
Jan 08, Jultri rated it really liked it Shelves: heroine-poor , american-historical , secret-identity , traumatised-heroine. Oct 28, Dianne Salzwedel rated it liked it Shelves: romance. American Revolution, a lord is a spy who hires a lady to spy but she already is. Aug 26, Marilyn rated it really liked it. Colonial Boston, Pub Jan 12, Gemma rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish.
This read like a history lesson with a bit of romance thrown in for "spice". Certainly not up to the standard I've come to expect from this talented author.
Melanie rated it really liked it Jan 03, Wicked rated it it was amazing Mar 20,
Store Locations. Orders may take up to 1 week longer to arrive to metro areas. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. The Charade Home Fiction Romance. Runaway thief and indentured servant Katie Armstrong survives by her wits and her brain. She has no guilt and no illusions that she is the only one that can look out for herself. Unfortunately for Katie, she catches the eye of two men, one a vicious, soulless Redcoat and one a handsome Patriot.
Laura Lee Guhrke isn't one of those lucky authors who knew from her childhood onward that she wanted to be a writer. As a child, she was sure she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up and study the iguanas on the Galapagos Islands. Then she dissected her first and last frog in high school biology class and decided that a different career choice was in order. When an English teacher told her she could never be a writer because her stories were "too sappy", Laura vowed that someday she would prove that teacher wrong and become a writer, but her parents wanted her to go to college first mainly so that she wouldn't spend her lifetime living in their house with no gainful employment while writing the Great American Novel. It took four years of college studying business, and seven years on the corporate fast track before Laura decided it was time to fulfill the vow she'd made to herself and prove her English teacher wrong. She wrote her first novel in , had her first published novel in , and now has six published historical romances to her credit. Laura loves writing historical romance because she has always wanted a time machine and this was the closest she could get.