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A Dangerous Pursuit (Regency Spies & Secrets #1) by Laura Beers. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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An heiress. A spy. And a love worth fighting for.

Welcome to book 1 in the exciting new series Regency Spies & Secrets from bestselling author Laura Beers.

Miss Madalene Dowding was devastated when her mother died, leaving her all alone. To honor her mother's legacy, she decides to use part of her fortune to open an orphanage. When a teacher at the orphanage goes missing, Madalene takes it upon herself to start looking for her, even if it means taking her deep into the unsavory parts of London.

Baldwin Radcliff, the Marquess of Hawthorne, is working on his last case as an agent of the Crown, since he is about to retire and take up his seat in the House of Lords. He is tasked with finding a French spy that is in league with a growing group of radicals. As he searches for the enemy, he discovers a meddling heiress that keeps stumbling in at the most inopportune times, making him wonder if she is perhaps the spy he has been sent to find.

Despite mutual dislike, Baldwin agrees to help Madalene, but only if she stays far away from the investigation. A promise that Madalene has no intention of keeping. Will headstrong Madalene and duty-driven Baldwin be able to work together, especially since so much is at stake?

Will Baldwin choose between saving the Crown or saving an obstinate woman that he has unwittingly fallen in love with?


Miss Madalene Dowding is an heiress who would much rather spend her time at the orphanage she has opened than in society.  She is still mourning the death of her mother and doesn't like all the matchmaking mama's trying to find a rich bride for their sons.  
Baldwin Radcliffe, the Marquess of Hawthorne is an agent for the Crown and has just returned from three years undercover in France. Not being able to tell his family where he has been causes hurt feelings.  Even though he is home he is still leading a double life.  
This is an interesting historical romance filled with danger and intrigue.  Our heroine is no spoiled miss just spending her money.  She is brave and loyal and more than able to take care of herself and those she loves.  
This is the first book of a series that I will definitely be reading more of.  
Great fun. 


Laura Beers is an award-winning author. She attended Brigham Young University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. She can't sing, doesn't dance and loves naps.

Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. She was born and raised in Southern California, but she now resides in South Carolina.

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