Adam Hardacre should be an officer in His Majesty’s Royal Navy but his low birth condemns him to the non-commissioned ranks. However, when he tries to quit, he’s made an offer too tempting to refuse – create a band of adventurers who will spy in the service of England against Napoleon.
All unofficially, of course…
They’re not agents of the crown – they’re The King’s Rogues.
An excitingly dangerous new series from bestselling historical romantic suspense author Elizabeth Ellen Carter.
Live and Let Spy
Spy Another Day
From The Duke With Love
Live and Let Spy
The King’s Rogues Book 1
Refused his rightful promotion, Adam Hardacre quits the Royal Navy in disgust and is quickly approached with an intriguing proposition to serve his country undercover.
His first assignment takes him home to Cornwall to expose traitors plotting a French invasion of England. There, he meets newly unemployed governess, Olivia Collins, who has stumbled upon a hidden secret from Adam’s past – his youthful summer love affair with the local squire’s daughter. It is a tragic history that brings Adam and Olivia closer than is wise.
However, with the attraction deepening to something more, neither realize that Olivia unwittingly holds the key to his mission.
As Adam infiltrates the plot, Olivia finds out the shocking truth behind his lost love’s death many years ago, and both their lives are in danger. But their growing relationship is clouded by suspicion. Who can and cannot be trusted – anyone or no one?
Or even each other?
The King’s Rogues Book 2
Rescued from the French prison in which he’s been held captive, Nathaniel Payne returns to the life of a smuggler in Cornwall, bringing with him boatload of brandy. However, he is startled to find his usual contraband hideaway, The Queen’s Head Inn, has a new owner.
As much as Nate has a past to hide, it seems young widow Susannah Linwood has even more reason to cover up her own background. She is distant and cautious. Her only companion is her maid Peggy and the woman is highly protective of her mistress. What’s more, Susannah does not approve of smugglers and threatens to call the revenuers unless Nate removes the contraband.
Even so, he is intrigued as well as attracted to Susannah who begins to warm to him. However, his on-again, off again married lover, Lillian, is jealous of his interest in the new inn owner and sets out to find out what she’s hiding, certain it is a great scandal. And complicating matters is that Susannah has also attracted the jealousy of the local magistrate’s wife.
In the brewing storm, Nate thinks nothing at first of the arrival of a lodger at the inn called Hardacre. He claims to be a bird watcher and painter, but is, in reality, more interested in something else Nate brought back from France – intelligence about troop movements.
Meanwhile, Susannah is preparing to act on her growing feelings towards Nate. Then a mysterious man appears who claims to know all about her past and threatens blackmail over the circumstances of her husband’s death.
Nate is persuaded to return to France to help rescue stranded English agents, but there may be a more pressing rescue mission at home.
Betrayal is closer than either Nate or Susannah imagine.
COMING MARCH-APRIL 2019
Spy Another Day
The King’s Rogues Book 3
David Manston has left his smuggling days behind. He is happy with his smallholding by the sea and his burgeoning romance with Alexandra Gedding, the daughter of impoverished gentry.
Alexandra, however, is not averse to going out to help her twin brother Phillip smuggle in goods to help the townsfolk. She is even known to be quite handy with a rapier.
However, Phillip has fallen in with a seriously bad crowd which has graduated from ‘honest’ smuggling to the murderous evil of wrecking.
Alexandra talks to David, unsure what to do. If she involves the authorities, the townsfolk will see it as a betrayal and she also risks seeing her brother hanged.
David tries to find out more about the wreckers from his old confederates including Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Payne, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Alexandra, meanwhile, has decided the best way to keep an eye on her twin is by involving herself even more in his plans.
Nathaniel agrees to help and introduces Adam Hardacre as a fellow smuggler to David and Alexandra. Between the four of them, they must try to save Phillip from himself and stop the wreckers for good.
COMING JULY-AUGUST 2019
From The Duke With Love
The King’s Rogues Book 4
The King’s Rogues learn of Napoleon’s involvement in arming and training Irish soldiers. Fears of an invasion being launched from Ireland are proving to be more than rumours. And, incredibly, the invasion could come from the air.
Sophie Blanchard, France’s heroine balloonist, is taking a clandestine trip to Ireland. She is to reconnoiter launching points for airborne troops in the possible revival of France’s Aerostatic Corps.
Adam Hardacre is ordered by Sir Daniel Ridgeway to take his men to the Emerald Isle and abduct Blanchard. Her capture would be a propaganda coup for the English as well as provide invaluable intelligence.
Hardacre picks Phillip Gedding as his partner – he is the most familiar with Ireland and is well known there as a smuggler.
Meanwhile, Abrieann Dillon, a young Irish woman, has been appointed Blanchard’s maid for the duration of the visit. Abrieann’s father is one of the captains assigned to the detachment facilitating Blanchard’s visit.
Incognito, Hardacre and Phillip get jobs as labourers under Blanchard’s supervision building the gondolas to carry troops across the Irish Sea. And when Phillip and Abrieann meet, the attraction is immediate.
Hardacre encourages the romance solely as a way to get closer to Blanchard. However, Phillip’s feelings for Abrieann are becoming more real, causing tensions between the two men.
Phillip enters the Dillon manor looking for additional papers but is caught.
Abrieann is torn. Will she betray her country or the man she loves?