An Extraordinary Union

The Loyal League #1

Alyssa Cole

fiction Historical Romance
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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 . . .

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emotional 68%
adventurous 62%
tense 56%
hopeful 37%
challenging 25%
reflective 18%
funny 12%
inspiring 12%
relaxing 12%
dark 6%
informative 6%
lighthearted 6%
mysterious 6%
sad 6%


medium 47%
fast 47%
slow 5%

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Diverse cast of characters?

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