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“Richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters.”
—Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author
The first of award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s highly-acclaimed Loyal League series! As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . .
Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in Massachusetts, she returns to the indignity of slavery in the South—to spy for the Union Army.
Malcolm McCall is a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service. Subterfuge is his calling, but he’s facing his deadliest mission yet—risking his life to infiltrate a Rebel enclave in Virginia.
Two undercover agents who share a common cause—and an undeniable attraction—Malcolm and Elle join forces when they discover a plot that could turn the tide of the war in the Confederacy's favor. Caught in a tightening web of wartime intrigue, and fighting a fiery and forbidden love, Malcolm and Elle must make their boldest move to preserve the Union at any cost—even if it means losing each other . . .
Praise for the novels of Alyssa Cole:
“Rich in atmospheric details and rife with unexpected dangers.”
—RT Book Reviews
“Sweet, sensual, and suspenseful . . . rousing and entertaining.”
“Cole hits all the right notes in this smartly written espionage romance brimming with vivid characterization, heartfelt dialogue, and sensual sweetness.” - Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
“Cole spins a tale that will pull you in from the very first page. Cole pens Elle and Malcolm’s story in a manner that is sensitive and honest, and she tactfully explores the difficulties facing an interracial couple during the Civil War era. Elle is magnificent. She is strong, self-sufficient, confident heroine who is certain to inspire readers. The hero, Malcolm, is the perfect complement to Elle. Watching the pair work together to undermine toe Confederates is a true treat!”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick
“Fans of Beverly Jenkins will be thrilled with Cole’s fearless, steamy, and moving multicultural take on forbidden love in a time of slavery and war.”– Booklist STARRED REVIEW
“Courageous, passionate protagonists fight for justice, freedom, and the right to love in an exceptional story that both educates and entertains and beautifully launches a unique series.”– Library Journal STARRED REVIEW