Marieanne Payne is an agent with the British Secret Service.
At 26 years of age, she is already an experienced agent with eight years of service under her belt. A product of the very best in education, including schooling in the finest places both in Britain and on the Continent, and not lacking in money, she could have gone anywhere and done anything and yet she choose to go into the clandestine business when she was 18. Her stunning intelligence was only exceeded by her ravishing good looks which made her able to get into any society she needed to infiltrate. An expert with weapons and martial arts, she could take care of herself in those rare instances where her personality did not extricate her from trouble.
As the series begins, however, she is seriously considering quitting. In the course of her employment, she met and fell in love with another agent which led to marriage. Unfortunately, soon after the ceremony, he was killed in action. She was granted six months to grieve before her department head sent her former section leader to pull her back into action. Though a bit rusty and not too sure what she wanted, she decided that work was better than sitting around remembering and she rationalized that she could always quit later.
This two-book series is a combination of romance and espionage with an unusual twist in that while it reads more like a romance in writing, most of the activity is hard-core spy work with guns blasting and bombs exploding and Payne, once she returns to work, has little time to think of what might have been as she struggles to stay alive long enough to even have a future.