A HEARTLESS DESIGN is a historical romance with smart savvy characters. I loved the fact that Cordeila was a clever and inventive engineer, something that proper young ladies of the time would never be allowed to do. Not only were women thought not to possess the keen intelligence needed to be an engineer, but to be able to support a household with her skills was a great twist. Of course, Cordelia has to do all this in secret under a false identity. When her path crosses with Sebastien, a Crown spy and newly elevated Earl, her secrets are in peril of being revealed. He's on assignment to discover the very thing Cordeila is trying to keep secret.
I enjoyed their banter together, but be warned there is an explicit sex scene in the book. The supporting characters in Cordelia's household were interesting and I would have loved to read more of their back story and how they came to work for her. This book kept my interest throughout, but I didn't feel the urgency in the plot until the last part of the book which made the pacing a little lopsided. All in all, a good read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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