Guest Post: A Private Duel with Agent Gunn by Jillian Stone

Today we have author Jillian Stone joining us to celebrate the release of her latest book, A Private Duel which features the gentlemen of Scotland Yard. She’s also offering a bunch of lucky readers the chance to win a copy of her latest book.

A Private Duel with Agent Gunn
(The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, #3)
Genre: Historical Romance

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Cunning, reclusive Yard man Phineas Gunn is as skilled at capturing surly criminals as he is at charming beautiful women. But the dashing agent’s latest assignment is really testing his mettle. Officially, he’s investigating beguiling prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia Willoughby, a suspected anarchist. Unofficially, his attraction to his devilish former flame is hotter than ever.

Unsure whether to trust the enigmatic lover who betrayed her once, Cate nevertheless enlists Finn’s help to recover some priceless family jewels. Their pursuit erupts into a cross-continental adventure that begins with a double cross and crackles with secrets, lies, and sexual tension. The crime is clear—breaking and entering each other’s hearts—but as the clock ticks down, who will be the first to surrender?

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I’m very excited to be here today at Book Sniffers Anonymous to celebrate the recent release of A Private Duel with Agent Gunn. Thanks for inviting me!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, let me give you a bit of background on the series. Several years ago, I got to thinking about Scotland Yard detectives. It seemed to me that Yard men were always portrayed as bumbling inspectors, five moves behind Sherlock Holmes. So I thought, what if there was an elite group of detectives? I began to do some research and found out that there was a division of Scotland Yard created in the 1882 called Special Branch. I added a dash–as in dashing–of James Bond gadgetry and that was the start of the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. The series is romantic suspense, but incorporates subtle elements of steampunk, as well.

Each novel features a new love story and crime to solve, so a reader can pick up the series anywhere. As for my latest release? Cate and Finn’s adventure begins with a double cross and crackles with secrets, lies and sexual tension. The crime is clear, breaking and entering each other’s hearts, but as the clock ticks down, who will be the first to surrender?

Here’s a blurb for the just released, A Private Duel with Agent Gunn:

Prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia lives the glamorous life of a starlet, filled with glittering jewels, sumptuous dinners, and admiring suitors. She’s grown up considerably since losing her heart to Hugh Curzon once upon a time, no longer wasting her emotions on the empty promises of charming gentlemen. On her own since the untimely death of her parents, she will do anything for the only family she has left: her brother, a notorious anarchist.

Scotland Yard Agent Phineas Gunn–sometimes known as Hugh Curzon–receives his new assignment reluctantly. He’s up for something a little more strenuous than playing nanny to a ballerina, until he sees who his charge is. Then, it’s a completely different story, because he’d been unable to forget the trusting, beautiful Cate since he had to leave her behind in Barcelona. And he suspects Cate is more than a ballet girl––in fact, she just might be a jewel thief, or even more arousing––a clever undercover operative.

Finn is determined to find out as the two race across the Continent–by land, by sea, even through the air by zephyr–it becomes uncertain who is keeping tabs on whom, and Finn and Cate must battle the sexual tension that snaps and sizzles between them every step of the way.

Let’s face it, detectives are daring and dashing and full of awesome sauce! The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard work for Special Branch, which is the Victorian era MI-5 (FBI) or Homeland Security. James Bond works for MI–6 (CIA). What is it about British detectives and undercover operatives that is so attractive? I suspect it has something to do with a brilliantly sexy mind, and that custom tailored Savile Row suit.


Jillian’s first book in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, won the 2010 Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense. The latest novel, fourth in the series for Pocket Books is A Private Duel with Agent Gunn. She also writes the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series for Kensington Brava.


4 Thoughts on “Guest Post: A Private Duel with Agent Gunn by Jillian Stone

  1. Ooh, I like the spin on this idea of Scotland Yard and having a bunch of them be ace detectives!

  2. Julia I am completely smitten with your covers and after reading a bit about them now they sound just as fabulous as they look! There really is something delicious about a detective and undercover ops. Congrats on your latest!


  3. And lord help me doing way too many things at once. Jillian! I’m so sorry about that. I’ve decided I’m gonna blame the kitteh that has been trying to climb on my lap since I started reading your post. LOL

  4. oh these look so interesting!! Added them all to my wishlist when I liked them!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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