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To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow

To Love a Traitor by J.L. MerrowTitle: To Love a Traitor
Author: J.L. Merrow
Published: September 15, 2015
Pages: 167
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★★★

In post-World War II London, George Johnson seems to be your average solicitor’s clerk looking for a room to rent. But there’s more to George than meets the eye. For one, that’s not his real name. And the reason he’s seeking the specific lodgings he’s chosen is so that he can investigate Matthew Connaught, a fellow lodger who served with his older brother during the war. The circumstances surrounding George’s brother’s death were questionable, and he’s recently learned there may have been betrayal involved. And if Matthew is the traitor, George intends to find out. But as George gets to know Matthew, he wonders if the man is capable of doing something so heinous…and he finds himself drawn to the man in very unexpected ways. But secrets can only be kept for so long, and eventually the truth will out…

I enjoy a nice historical romance, and this one definitely hit the spot. The investigative aspect, the subterfuge, and the way the relationship develops create an intertwining plot that makes for a uniquely original yet familiar-feeling story. Matthew is a great character that I truly enjoyed getting to know. He’s not only likable, but he’s fun-loving, noble, and deeply caring. The contrasts that exist in this story are stark when they need to be, and there’s a rich world in what is a relatively short novel.

Definitely recommend this one!

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]