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Checkmate, My Lord, 1st Edition, Book 2, Historical, Paperback, Nexus Spymasters Series

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A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she's forced to betray.


Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.


Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even few dare challenge him--until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him--but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?

First published in 2013.


“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

“The second book in Devlyn’s Nexus series craftily combines espionage in Regency England with a healthy dose of sizzling romance.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Devlyn delivers an emotional, powerful read.” —RT Book Review

“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! Checkmate, My Lord is an edge of your seat, exciting read!” —Fresh Fiction

“Devlyn delivers an emotionally gut-wrenching tale of danger and romance.” —Goodreads

“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

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