With Hitler s forces firmly entrenched in Europe, countless heroes seek to end the madman s reign Bastien Ley is one of the best Working in Italy for the Office of Strategic Services, he s been tasked with sabotaging German convoys When his team kills an officer headed for Rome, the man s similarity to Bastien is undeniable, and seeing an opportunity to turn the tide of the war, Bastien makes a bold decision he will assume the dead officer s identity He becomes Dietrich, an Iron Cross wearing German officer an ideal position from which to infiltrate the Nazi ranks in Rome To help with his stressful assignment, his superiors send him a reinforcement in the form of the lovely Gracie Begni, an intelligent and eager radio operator with absolutely no undercover experience With a gulf of resentment between them, these two agents must find a way to portray a couple in love Soon their reluctant alliance becomes much as Bastien and Gracie find themselves getting lost in their feelings for each other But as they engage in battle against the deadliest foe the world has ever known, the pair quickly realizes their love may be doomed As the Rome Gestapo threatens to destroy all they ve worked for, will Bastien and Gracie survive their charadeWhitney Award winner for best historical novel Review to follow I ve loved reading this author s works set in this time period WWII This story takes the reader to a place that doesn t seem to be written about quite as much Italy I found it very interesting to read about some of the history and the effects that WWII had on this country, while being thoroughly entertained by the fictional characters and the events surrounding their lives as spies Gracie endured things that I didn t think she could She is a normal American girl who is also deeply rooted i I ve loved reading this author s works set in this time period WWII This story takes the reader to a place that doesn t seem to be written about quite as much Italy I found it very interesting to read about some of the history and the effects that WWII had on this country, while being thoroughly entertained by the fictional characters and the events surrounding their lives as spies Gracie endured things that I didn t think she could She is a normal American girl who is also deeply rooted in her religion She s been trained to spy and operate a radio, yet when she actually arrives in the field, it s not as easy as she thought it would be I was on edge in her behalf, many, many times There s no way I could be a spy, yet I sure love reading about them Bastien is a tough, almost cold man, yet he has glimmers of warmth within him His life and many others are on the line and depend on him staying in character He s very good at what he does I fell for him, right along with Gracie I m a sucker for a good, clean romance and this one was exceptional My socks were knocked off with that first kiss I loved the way things naturally and gradually developed As always, I m looking forward toof Ms Sowards writing.Content Clean romance kissing no language moderate violence war violence, not graphic mild religion talk of religion, but it doesn t play a major role I received a copy in exchange for an honest review 4.5 stars A.L Sowards does an incredible job at writing suspenseful, action packed, spy thrillers set during WWII I am amazed at how well she writes a novel that feels like you are reading history.I don t recall many books about the German occupation of Italy It was interesting to visit the historic tourist attractions with Gracie During the time they weren t taken care of and it s sad to see how war effects a country and the people.Gracie is working undercover as a radio operator She 4.5 stars A.L Sowards does an incredible job at writing suspenseful, action packed, spy thrillers set during WWII I am amazed at how well she writes a novel that feels like you are reading history.I don t recall many books about the German occupation of Italy It was interesting to visit the historic tourist attractions with Gracie During the time they weren t taken care of and it s sad to see how war effects a country and the people.Gracie is working undercover as a radio operator She is to act as the Italian girlfriend of Bastien Lay He is an allied soldier who is acting as a deceased German officer, Allard Dietrich, whom he resembles Of course, the German s do not know that Dietrich is dead.One of the elements of Historical Fiction, is that the reader is often familiar with the time period and events I knew that the penalty for spying was severe I am also familiar with some of the horrible ways that prisoners, and civilians were punished by the Nazi s This information added to my interest in Gracie and Bastien I was anxious when they came too close to discovery.This is a book that I highly recommend to readers of the historical fiction genre The romance is clean but it does contain war violence Update July 2017 The kindle edition of this novel is currently on sale for 1.99https www Rules Rome L SOriginal review I m a little biased since I wrote the book, but I think it s an awesome read A good choice for readers who like spy thrillers, clean romance, or general historical fiction Update July 2017 The kindle edition of this novel is currently on sale for 1.99https www Rules Rome L SOriginal review I m a little biased since I wrote the book, but I think it s an awesome read A good choice for readers who like spy thrillers, clean romance, or general historical fiction