Fall from Trace (London League #5)
Gone, but not forgotten...Alex Sommerville should have been dead. To the world, he had been dead for almost five years, and with him, the secrets he had carried as Trace, the most elusive member of the London League. When a chance to escape finally comes, Alex finds just enough life left in him to take it, and races off to return to the woman he loves....Back, but at what cost?The last person Poppy Edgewood ever expected to see suddenly falls into her life again - literally. Alex is a shell of the man he once was, and on the brink of the death she thought him already lost to. What answers will he have for her when he recovers, and can she even bear to hear them?

Fall from Trace (London League #5) Details

TitleFall from Trace (London League #5)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherPhase Publishing
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GenreHistorical, Regency, Romance, Historical Romance, Clean Romance, Suspense, Adventure

Fall from Trace (London League #5) Review

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    January 1, 1970
    I don't usually pre-order books, but when I saw Fall from Trace was up for sale, I couldn't resist. And that cover...spot on! I than anxiously waited for it to be released so I could finally learn Trace's story. Alex Sommerville has long been thought dead, his closest friends and love of his life have spent the last five years mourning his passing. But, he wasn't really dead, at least not physically. This is not a standalone story, you could probably read it as one, but it is much better if I don't usually pre-order books, but when I saw Fall from Trace was up for sale, I couldn't resist. And that cover...spot on! I than anxiously waited for it to be released so I could finally learn Trace's story. Alex Sommerville has long been thought dead, his closest friends and love of his life have spent the last five years mourning his passing. But, he wasn't really dead, at least not physically. This is not a standalone story, you could probably read it as one, but it is much better if you've read the other books in the series. It really makes the story a lot richer if you do.This was a great story, very well written. Alex has had a very rough five years, to put it mildly. So, it's not a happy lighthearted story, but rather one of finding himself, healing and overcoming a lot to return to himself and of course the power of love. Poppy and Alex were childhood friends, turned sweethearts. They have a phenomenal connection to each other, understand each other. Their scenes together are probably my favorite. Alex went through a lot in captivity, the author doesn't gloss over it or make him heal too quickly. I appreciate that there are no gory details, but you also are given enough information to know he went through hell. But, we also get to see him heal. The story is well rounded, I thought it was well paced, kept me glued to the pages. I liked that we were reunited with past characters. I appreciate that they didn't steal the show, which can happen in series like this. It was still very much Alex and Poppy's story, but also nice to have them woven in. (view spoiler)[I did wonder about Alex living with Poppy, alone, while he recovered. Of course the town is going to gossip. I also wondered when he regained his title and eventually marries Poppy, how did the town react to all that? (hide spoiler)]Overall, I really enjoyed this one. Its been a really fun series to read and get into.Content:Romance: CleanLanguage: Very mildViolence: Moderate: nothing on page, but memories of torture & abuse, ptsdSource: Amazon Kindle
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I had a small hunch while reading the previous books that Trace may still be alive, so I was thrilled to finally read his story and see where his path took him. He had some seriously traumatic experiences and returns changed, suffering from PTS, yet also beginning his healing process as Poppy and his friends provide the support he needs. It was interesting how his relationship with Poppy is full of new dynamics that are complicated, but when everything else is put aside, they are able to connect I had a small hunch while reading the previous books that Trace may still be alive, so I was thrilled to finally read his story and see where his path took him. He had some seriously traumatic experiences and returns changed, suffering from PTS, yet also beginning his healing process as Poppy and his friends provide the support he needs. It was interesting how his relationship with Poppy is full of new dynamics that are complicated, but when everything else is put aside, they are able to connect at the most basic foundational level of their personalities and find joy and laughter again. The action, adventure, and danger that is trademark to the London League series is present of course, and the story picks up speed as the suspense heightens and leads to an exiting climax and satisfying happily ever after. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Molly!!!!! Wow!!!! I LOVED it! I think this might be my new favorite! Ugh, but there is still The Gent ok so maybe they are both equally good. Maybe it's a tie! Seriously so good! The pace was perfect. I didn't feel like anything was repeated. The feel of this was so sad but so much hope! Nothing happened to quickly or too slow. Trace or Alex and Poppy's reunion was exactly what I have been waiting for, for 3 books. Rebecca wrote this so well. I'm so glad they had time to just heal and that Holy Molly!!!!! Wow!!!! I LOVED it! I think this might be my new favorite! Ugh, but there is still The Gent ok so maybe they are both equally good. Maybe it's a tie! Seriously so good! The pace was perfect. I didn't feel like anything was repeated. The feel of this was so sad but so much hope! Nothing happened to quickly or too slow. Trace or Alex and Poppy's reunion was exactly what I have been waiting for, for 3 books. Rebecca wrote this so well. I'm so glad they had time to just heal and that it took Alex time to come to himself! I loved that everything ended so well. People might say too well but I loved how it ended. I whooped with joy:} There is some awesome moments in this just look for the chopping wood scene. This is why Rebecca is one of my favorites. Loved it. Just loved it all. Thank you Rebecca:]Read the whole series and you will love this even more. Sweet proper romance with some heated kisses:}
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  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    Warning--read it in order!!While I completely enjoyed this story, I feel like I sneaked a peak at my Christmas present sitting under the tree and the surprise of unwrapping it on that joyous holiday was taken away from me. I haven't read this series yet and didn't realize how important reading these books in order is for the reader to get the maximum enjoyment out of them. I've heard so many great things about this series and when this one came up on a blog tour, I jumped at my chance to dive Warning--read it in order!!While I completely enjoyed this story, I feel like I sneaked a peak at my Christmas present sitting under the tree and the surprise of unwrapping it on that joyous holiday was taken away from me. I haven't read this series yet and didn't realize how important reading these books in order is for the reader to get the maximum enjoyment out of them. I've heard so many great things about this series and when this one came up on a blog tour, I jumped at my chance to dive in. So, if you haven't read this set yet, stop now, because there are inadvertent spoilers.Trace is alive--and I had no idea he was supposed to be dead, which is no one's fault but my own. That said, my heart broke at the things he endured before finally finding his freedom. Can you imagine seeing your lost love suddenly reappear again, years later? My heart also broke for Poppy and the feelings she had to work through in this tough, heart wrenching situation. Being reunited causes for rediscovering connections and feelings. I loved this couple and their resiliency, and I adored the camaraderie with this group of men-turned-spies.The tensions and action-paced story really propelled the plot of this adventuresome tale and the romance was the icing on the cake (surprise, surprise). I really need to go back and read the rest of this series, as I just know I'll be left feeling extremely satisfied and entertained.Content: mild romance; mild language; mild-moderate talk/flashbacks of violence (abuse, torture, etc)*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
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  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    January 1, 1970
    I swear I have been waiting for this book for forever. Well... you get what I mean.Trace has been mentioned since the first book in the series. He was the league's regret. He was their banner call to do better and be better. They never stopped hoping and looking for clues about him even though he was presumed dead. He has been part of every book while not being present. When I saw this book was coming I quickly read the fourth and anxiously anticipated the release of Fall from Trace. The wait I swear I have been waiting for this book for forever. Well... you get what I mean.Trace has been mentioned since the first book in the series. He was the league's regret. He was their banner call to do better and be better. They never stopped hoping and looking for clues about him even though he was presumed dead. He has been part of every book while not being present. When I saw this book was coming I quickly read the fourth and anxiously anticipated the release of Fall from Trace. The wait was worth it!The hard part about waiting and then finally reading a book is when you have a hard time putting it down and devour it quickly. I didn't take the time to savor. This may constitute a re-read sometime in the near future. I may want to start with book one and continue so I can be reminded of all the little details that brought this book to publication. (They are all fun to read so it wouldn't be a burden.)Trace was broken at the beginning of the book. He was sorely abused during the five years he was missing. He immediately finds the one person who can ground him and bring him back from the brink of PTSD, Poppy, the woman that he loves. There are so many obstacles for him and for them as a couple to overcome. Their story is heartbreaking but satisfying. This book is one of hope.It looks like there is another book coming in the series. (Happy Dance) The book contains non-graphic violence, physical and mental abuse, and a little bit of romanceSource: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Shash
    January 1, 1970
    I literally let out a squeal of excitement when I saw this book up for pre-order! When it showed up on my kindle, I stopped the book I was reading and immediately started this one. And oh, my, it was worth it! I LOVED this book! It was written so well! Not rushed, but not slow. Letting us feel Alex's pain, but hold onto hope. Showing the strength of love and friendship. And as always, great action and suspense!This is a series best understood and enjoyed when read in order.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Fall from Trace is the final installment of the London League Spy Series from Rebecca Connolly and its everything readers are expecting. Secretly readers have been hoping that Trace will eventually show up and he does at long last in this exciting story. In addition to this being Traces story, it is fun for this story to brings together all the London League Spies. An action and adventure filled story with plenty of danger, this story also has the sweet romance between Trace and Poppy with their Fall from Trace is the final installment of the London League Spy Series from Rebecca Connolly and it’s everything readers are expecting. Secretly readers have been hoping that Trace will eventually show up and he does at long last in this exciting story. In addition to this being Trace’s story, it is fun for this story to brings together all the London League Spies. An action and adventure filled story with plenty of danger, this story also has the sweet romance between Trace and Poppy with their struggles from the unexpected separation with Trace’s supposed death and then reappearance and falling in love all over again. Readers will not be disappointed with this thrilling and enjoyable story.Series: London LeagueGenre: historical, regency, spy, romance, suspensePublisher: Phase PublishingPublication date: February 1, 2020Number of pages: 281Other books in the series:1-The Lady and the Gent2-A Rogue About Town3-A Tip of the Cap4-By Hook or by RookDisclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, and authors, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited OR pre-ordered/purchased for review. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    Alex Sommerville has been imprisoned and beaten for the past 4 1/2 years. When he finds a chance to escape he ends up on Poppy Edgewood's doorstep, near death. Alex loved Poppy once, and thoughts of her got him through the last few years, but he's only a shell of the man he once was. I ached for Alex (Trace) for the way he suffered, and his attempts to regain physical strength and recover emotionally. Poppy also suffered in his absence, and again as she tried to figure out her new place in Alex Sommerville has been imprisoned and beaten for the past 4 1/2 years. When he finds a chance to escape he ends up on Poppy Edgewood's doorstep, near death. Alex loved Poppy once, and thoughts of her got him through the last few years, but he's only a shell of the man he once was. I ached for Alex (Trace) for the way he suffered, and his attempts to regain physical strength and recover emotionally. Poppy also suffered in his absence, and again as she tried to figure out her new place in Alex's life.This story was gripping, suspenseful, with some lighthearted ribbing from the members of the London League. There are still bigger plots afoot, but many things also got resolved in this book. I wouldn't recommend reading this book independently, since events and characters overlap from the rest of the series.Content: clean (moderate violence-including talk of torture, some kissing, mild language-d and h word used a few times each)
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    A treasured thing once broken becomes more favored, does it not? More precious for the fear of losing it forever? We are more careful with it, more mindful, and more aware. The damage wakes us to the true, irreplaceable value of it, and we love it all the more.Such a delightful book set in Regency England with a group of swoony spies, intrigue, action and fight scenes, and heart-stopping romance! This is book 5 in The London League series and can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I do, “A treasured thing once broken becomes more favored, does it not? More precious for the fear of losing it forever? We are more careful with it, more mindful, and more aware. The damage wakes us to the true, irreplaceable value of it, and we love it all the more.”Such a delightful book set in Regency England with a group of swoony spies, intrigue, action and fight scenes, and heart-stopping romance! This is book 5 in The London League series and can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I do, however, recommend reading the other books in the series because they are equally delightful and fun. The author has a witty and down-to-earth writing style that really makes the reader connect at a fundamental level with the characters. And the characters! Alex is loyal, fierce yet so broken in body and spirit after having been held captive for four and a half years. Poppy, who is fiercely passionate, independent and resourceful, has loved Alex for almost all her life and spends her days in mourning after Alex’s supposed death. Their reunion is heartbreaking and thrilling. Alex has to deal with his nightmares and PTSD from his prisoner days but slowly re-enters the world with help from his brothers-in-arms and Poppy. I am totally satisfied with how the operatives of The London League have found true contentment and purpose. But there’s more to come! I can’t wait to read book 6 in this series. If you love clever and well-written Regency romance, this book and the entire series is a must read. I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher via Singing Librarian Books Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • ⭐Richelle
    January 1, 1970
    Romance - CleanViolence - Mild with descriptions of beatings and tortureLanguage - MildRecommendation - HighSomething I would re-read - AbsolutelySeries - Book 5 (These REALLY need to be read in order)I love this book! Stayed up late into the night finishing it. I love this series, I love Rebecca Connolly. She is one of my absolute favorite authors. I have loved everything of hers I have read. She does not disappoint.I have been highly anticipating this story about Trace, especially with what Romance - CleanViolence - Mild with descriptions of beatings and tortureLanguage - MildRecommendation - HighSomething I would re-read - AbsolutelySeries - Book 5 (These REALLY need to be read in order)I love this book! Stayed up late into the night finishing it. I love this series, I love Rebecca Connolly. She is one of my absolute favorite authors. I have loved everything of hers I have read. She does not disappoint.I have been highly anticipating this story about Trace, especially with what happens at the end of By Hook or By Rook. I could not wait to find out what happened to him.I won't give spoilers, but I will say be ready for all kinds of emotions while you are reading this. First of all, my heart broke for both Poppy and Trace, and what they both endured. Trace's strength of will is amazing. Everything he endured and went through, was horrid and unimaginable. Yet, he survived. Trace and Poppy do not have an easy road of finding their way back to where they were before he "died". There is hurt and anger that have to be dealt with, and understanding that neither of them is the same person they were before. I definitely recommend this series and this book. If you love Regency Romance, if you love Regency Spy stories, they are both done exceptionally well.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Fall from Trace was an intriguing tale! I had not read the other books in the series, so I did have to play catch up with the characters. The author did a good job of writing the story so that I could figure out what had happened in the past and get to know the other characters who belonged to the London League a little bit.I liked Poppy and Alex a lot. There was plenty of romantic tension and both of these characters had a lot of hurt from the past few years to get over. Alex also had the added Fall from Trace was an intriguing tale! I had not read the other books in the series, so I did have to play catch up with the characters. The author did a good job of writing the story so that I could figure out what had happened in the past and get to know the other characters who belonged to the London League a little bit.I liked Poppy and Alex a lot. There was plenty of romantic tension and both of these characters had a lot of hurt from the past few years to get over. Alex also had the added difficulty of overcoming the more than four years of torture that he endured.Overall, this was a very enjoyable book to read and I can imagine that those who have read the other books in the series will love getting to find out what happened Alex, also known as Trace. There is some cursing in this book for those looking to avoid that.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    I came into The London League series in the middle, but the questions surrounding the disappearance of Trace havent escaped me. Now, Rebecca Connolly reveals what happened to Alex Sommerville. From his escape to his arrival on Poppys doorstep to the past years that haunt him and the tension between the man and the woman who has refused to believe he was truly dead, Fall From Trace is an adventure you do not want to miss.Whether seen with the eye or buried more than skin-deep, both Alex and Poppy I came into The London League series in the middle, but the questions surrounding the disappearance of Trace haven’t escaped me. Now, Rebecca Connolly reveals what happened to Alex Sommerville. From his escape to his arrival on Poppy’s doorstep to the past years that haunt him and the tension between the man and the woman who has refused to believe he was truly dead, Fall From Trace is an adventure you do not want to miss.Whether seen with the eye or buried more than skin-deep, both Alex and Poppy carry scars. Both have broken dreams. Both are trying to survive in their new realities. And both are protecting themselves from pain. But sometimes, the pain and scars lead to a different, deeper kind of love if two battered, broken people are willing to open up and share their pain and risk their vulnerabilities with each other.While there’s plenty of emotional upheaval in Connolly’s latest installment in the series, there’s also some excitement. In fact, there’s a great London League operation that takes place while bringing the whole team together again. Plus there are some new characters working with the league that I’m hoping we see again soon.Trace’s story was most definitely worth the wait.Disclosure statement:This book was obtained via the Kindle Unlimited program. All opinions are my own
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I just can't get enough of the London League. I don't think any will ever be as swoon worthy as The Gent and Margaret and their ten seconds but I've liked them all very much. In this story I actually appreciated that there was more action. For a series about spies you would expect action but they have been pretty mild. I am so happy Trace was actually alive! I loved Poppy and her independence. And I thought their relationship was sweet. Especially being childhood sweethearts. I would have liked I just can't get enough of the London League. I don't think any will ever be as swoon worthy as The Gent and Margaret and their ten seconds but I've liked them all very much. In this story I actually appreciated that there was more action. For a series about spies you would expect action but they have been pretty mild. I am so happy Trace was actually alive! I loved Poppy and her independence. And I thought their relationship was sweet. Especially being childhood sweethearts. I would have liked to see Sphynx in this book to prep me for the next one but oh well. And looking forward to a female spy in the mix!
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  • Maria Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    This book is well written and a good story but way too violent for me to totally enjoy. I probably would have given it 5 stars or at least 4.5 if I could have enjoyed it more. I read it over a 24 hour time period but kept having to take breaks because the descriptions of the torture Trace endured were just too horrible for me. I typically avoid anything more than mild violence that might happen in a brief period of a book. This was pretty much the entire book. Most of it was reliving what had This book is well written and a good story but way too violent for me to totally enjoy. I probably would have given it 5 stars or at least 4.5 if I could have enjoyed it more. I read it over a 24 hour time period but kept having to take breaks because the descriptions of the torture Trace endured were just too horrible for me. I typically avoid anything more than mild violence that might happen in a brief period of a book. This was pretty much the entire book. Most of it was reliving what had happened previous to the book timeline through PTSD but there was also a violent section in the end of the story. The story is exciting but yucky too if you are at all squeamish. The romance is kind of violent in nature too. Lots of anger and ghosts and angst. Not much is what I would call sweet though there was some. But even when they finally get their kiss that begins their happily ever after, it is intense and forceful, not tender. The story deals with PTSD which Alex suffers from, quite understandably. It could possibly be a trigger for someone who deals with that. I think if I had to describe this book in one word it would be intense which I know will appeal to a lot of people. I liked that we got to see a female spy. Will she get a book? I have enjoyed this series and will continue to read them. I just hope the next one isn't quite so violent. Sex: Intense kisses, marital innuendoLanguage: YesViolence: YES*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    EmotionalTorture. Horrible and haunting. PTSD. Love and hopeless loneliness. Then a miracle. Healing. Danger. More healing. And my favorite... Revenge!I look forward to Rooks story. Who betrayed Trace? Where is One? Who is One? This is a marvelous series and so far I will be reading all of them!
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    I have been looking forward to reading this book since the very first hint that Trace could be alive! I was unsure at first about the approach to this story, but I ended up really liking it. Also, I am so so happy that this was not the end! Can't wait for the next book!
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  • Alisa
    January 1, 1970
    Alex Sommerville, known as Trace in the spy world, is presumed dead. No one has seen or heard from him in 4-1/2 years. When Trace finally has an opportunity to escape, he takes it and ends up on Poppy's doorstep practically dead. Alex and Poppy were childhood sweethearts, but now there is a lot to heal from. Alex has been physically and mentally abused as a prisoner and can't just pick up where he left off almost 5 years ago. Poppy has also suffered a lot in the past 5 years and now she is Alex Sommerville, known as Trace in the spy world, is presumed dead. No one has seen or heard from him in 4-1/2 years. When Trace finally has an opportunity to escape, he takes it and ends up on Poppy's doorstep practically dead. Alex and Poppy were childhood sweethearts, but now there is a lot to heal from. Alex has been physically and mentally abused as a prisoner and can't just pick up where he left off almost 5 years ago. Poppy has also suffered a lot in the past 5 years and now she is learning all of Trace's secrets and trying to figure out who he is now.And now I'm all caught up and waiting for Book 6 to come out...
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  • Cim
    January 1, 1970
    Can I give this one ten stars? Please? SO. GOOD. This might be my favorite, and that is saying something. But seriously. If anyone deserves to take Gents spot on the pedestal, it is Trace.WOW.Wow. Just - wow. Where to begin? This is THE STORY -- the one we've been waiting for. Is Trace alive? Spoiler alert: Yup.Alex lives! ...but he's the walking wounded; a shadow of the hale and shockingly intelligent, albeit somewhat reckless, man he once was. What else could we expect though, as he's been Can I give this one ten stars? Please? SO. GOOD. This might be my favorite, and that is saying something. But seriously. If anyone deserves to take Gent’s spot on the pedestal, it is Trace.WOW.Wow. Just - wow. Where to begin? This is THE STORY -- the one we've been waiting for. Is Trace alive? Spoiler alert: Yup.Alex lives! ...but he's the walking wounded; a shadow of the hale and shockingly intelligent, albeit somewhat reckless, man he once was. What else could we expect though, as he's been prisoner aboard ship, tortured by the enemy for over four and a half years? The book opens with Alex coming onto land for the first time since capture and somehow finding enough drive to finally break free. He escapes with only one destination in mind: Poppy. Of course it's Poppy, right? It will always be Poppy. The rest of the book follows Alex through his first grueling weeks of freedom. PTSD doesn't even begin to cover it. I won't spoil the plot for you, except to say we see beautiful growth through the story's progression. Just a few scattered thoughts :* I was extremely impressed by the way the author communicates the extent of his injuries (over the ENTIRETY of his body, if you catch my meaning) without being overly explicit. We know what happened, but details regarding the worst of it were carefully insinuated, not detailed. Please be aware that Alex went through agonizing torture though, and many of his injuries ARE described. Repeatedly. Evidence of flaying, lashes, stabbing, burns, starvation, dislocation, broken bones ... yep. It's all there and the characters painstakingly analyze those injuries at least twice. The descriptions are not gratuitous however, and they are actually critical to the story's progression.* Rogue (Gabe) happens to be one of my favorite League members, so it was great to see the brotherly camaraderie between Alex and Gabe. We get a LOT of Rogue-time in this one, and Weaver, Cap, Gent, and Rook all feature quite prominently as well. The brothers truly band together for their own.* If the book sounds overly dark, don't worry. You have Rogue and Rook present throughout. There were so many snarky barbs and verbal shots fired between those two (and the others) that I found myself frequently laughing - once to the point of tears. Those men ...!* Do not - DO NOT - do yourself a disservice and read this book out of order. Up to this point, the League books were fairly standalone, much like the Arrangements series. You technically could read them out of order (not recommended), even with the story arc crossing all four books. To fully comprehend the emotional weight of this fifth title though, the reader must first understand the agony and the fallout connected to the night Trace "died" (or was captured). I can't imagine fully appreciating those brilliant scenes between the London League brotherhood without knowing that backstory. Start with "The Lady and the Gent" and read all the way through to "By Hook or By Rook" -- you won't regret it.* I was a little scared that this might be the last book in the London League series, so it was a huge relief to see the note at the end. HOORAY for more future League titles, and DOUBLE HOORAY for gifting us Sphinx's story next. Can't wait.Language: Mild swearing, on par with the other London League titles.Blush Factor: Minimal (strictly kissing), other than a one line allusion in the last sentences of the epilogue. Absolutely nothing explicit.Other Notable Elements: Violence. Lots and lots of violence, particularly at the end. Not gratuitous, though; it was all necessary for plot progression. As mentioned above, past injuries are also detailed.One last personal note: I have been invested in this story since the beginning. When the alert hit my email that this one was ready for review, I screeched (sorry, neighbors), went running across my apartment, grabbed the iPad, downloaded the book, began reading and only stepped away once to quickly eat. I had to read this one in a single sitting. It is fast-paced, extremely engaging, heartrending, and stunningly beautiful. Cannot recommend it enough. If you love the London League, you will adore this one.Thank you, author, for sharing an advance copy of this title in exchange for a review!
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Fall from Trace gives us the story of agent Alex Sommerville aka Trace who in London League book #1, The Lady and the Gent, you learn supposedly died when a mission did not go according to plan. I haven't read all the books in this series, but was able to grasp enough of the backstory from this book for this to work as a standalone novel even though I am sure it is more enjoyable if you have read the entire series in order. Alex has been captive on a smuggler's ship for over four and a half Fall from Trace gives us the story of agent Alex Sommerville aka Trace who in London League book #1, The Lady and the Gent, you learn supposedly died when a mission did not go according to plan. I haven't read all the books in this series, but was able to grasp enough of the backstory from this book for this to work as a standalone novel even though I am sure it is more enjoyable if you have read the entire series in order. Alex has been captive on a smuggler's ship for over four and a half years. When he finds himself on land for the first time, even though he's on the brink of death, he finds the strength to escape if only to make it back to Poppy, his one true love he left behind years ago. I really was excited to read about Alex and Poppy reuniting especially as the introductory chapters built up their love story so well. It missed the five-star mark for me though because I felt like for how much the story set up their love story, they sure struggled to be in love or express their deep love for one another when they were initially reunited. For example, right before Alex shows up on Poppy's door, Poppy is reflecting on how much she misses him. Then she slaps him and seems to be unhappy he is alive. I know there is a shock factor in play, but I felt like with how much she had sacrificed due to her love for him she still would have been a bit more joyful he had come back from the dead to her. All that being said, the realness of the story, that Trace would have such terrible PTSD and regret bringing his ghosts to Poppy felt legitimate and I think that aspect of the plot did redeem some of the minor qualms I had. I like that ultimately when Poppy is in danger it helps Alex to snap out of some of his sorrow and realize that he was stronger than he gave himself credit for to have survived such a terrible ordeal. The patience the two have with each other and how they ultimately fall in love again with the current day versions of each other was enjoyable.There was a bit of violence in the story, not overly so, but I prefer action to violence and this teetered on the edge for me as to which side it would fall. Mostly because Trace had been so brutally beaten, but then again it made the story more believable. I did enjoy that there was more resolution in the plot than some of the other novels in this series. The villain is faced and the main characters get to make peace.Overall it was a good read and I would read it again. I did receive an advance copy; this review is voluntary and all thoughts are my own.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Fall from TraceThe London League #5 By Rebecca ConnollyAlex Sommerville is no longer the man he once was. Having been captured and tortured for the last almost five years the man he was has died many times over without actually drawing his last breath. To those who once knew him he has been dead.Poppy Edgewood gave up everything to stay true to her love for Alex. Her family abandoned her, her friends have shunned her, and the life of privilege she once had is a thing of the past.When a chance to Fall from TraceThe London League #5 By Rebecca ConnollyAlex Sommerville is no longer the man he once was. Having been captured and tortured for the last almost five years the man he was has died many times over without actually drawing his last breath. To those who once knew him he has been dead.Poppy Edgewood gave up everything to stay true to her love for Alex. Her family abandoned her, her friends have shunned her, and the life of privilege she once had is a thing of the past.When a chance to escape presents itself Alex does the only thing he can - he makes his way to Poppy. When Alex shows up at her door Poppy is understandably in a state of muddled confusion - anger, horror, and something else all mingle together. But all must be pushed aside if his life is to be saved - his beatings and subsequent escape have left him near death.What follows is a journey of rediscovery as both Poppy and Alex must decide who they are with what the past five years have shaped them into. One can never go back after hardships they forever linger in the shadows. But to move on healing must take place but can some wounds be too deep to heal?When his colleagues discover that Trace has returned from the dead they will do all they can to help him. But even more, pressing is why his captors kept him alive all these years. What did Trace discover that these foreign agents want?This is an intriguing addition to the London League series. Trace has been a pivotal character though he was presumed dead. His demise having an effect on all who were associated with the League and even how they were proceeding with current missions. And now Trace's skills may once again be needed in conjunction with the men who knew him best if he is to keep England and Poppy safe. This was a good read though by its very nature is a bit harsh and brutal in connection with Trace's lost years.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars I started reading the London League series with book 3, but its easy to fall for all the spies who make up the league, even if I didnt read their stories yet. They take their jobs very seriously but they dont always take themselves too seriously which makes for some delightful brotherly-type banter between them. Even in this last installment, Fall From Trace, with all the emotion involving Alexs sudden return from the dead, that banter is still front and center. The affection behind it 4.5 stars I started reading the London League series with book 3, but it’s easy to fall for all the spies who make up the league, even if I didn’t read their stories yet. They take their jobs very seriously but they don’t always take themselves too seriously which makes for some delightful brotherly-type banter between them. Even in this last installment, Fall From Trace, with all the emotion involving Alex’s sudden return from the dead, that banter is still front and center. The affection behind it adds to their obvious respect for each other and makes the League some of my favorite band of heroes.The questions surrounding Trace’s death from previous books – namely, is he dead or isn’t he? – are answered on the first page and so begins what quickly became my favorite book of this series. It’s emotional to process the intense and brutal torture that Alex (aka Trace) has been through in the past 5 years – both in what is revealed and what is implied. There’s no way he can go back to being the same person he was before… and neither can Poppy go back to being the same person she was. Watching them reconnect while trying to balance who they were with who they are now … and the old feelings that haven’t lost their intensity … adds dimension to this plot and keeps you turning the pages to see how it will all turn out.Bottom Line: Well-drawn characters, an emotionally complex plot, and delightful banter make Fall From Trace the perfect finale to the London League series. It’s best to have read the other books first but it’s not completely necessary to still enjoy this last installment. Connolly gets better with every book, and this is her best yet!(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection.)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Mercedees
    January 1, 1970
    I have enjoyed the whole London League series very much and this was a nice addition. Not my favorite one, but good. I loved how the author weaved in so many of our beloved comrades from the previous books into the story so we could all enjoy the banter and brotherly love they share. I enjoyed how the author didn't shy away from adding a story to this series that had to deal with the harsh aspect of what things could have looked like when a mission doesn't go perfectly. A couple of my personal I have enjoyed the whole London League series very much and this was a nice addition. Not my favorite one, but good. I loved how the author weaved in so many of our beloved comrades from the previous books into the story so we could all enjoy the banter and brotherly love they share. I enjoyed how the author didn't shy away from adding a story to this series that had to deal with the harsh aspect of what things could have looked like when a mission doesn't go perfectly. A couple of my personal bewilderments in this story *****SPOILER up ahead!!!***** I realize he was gone for over 4 years(a long time I know! And he had been through a lot, I get that!) but we were given the sense they were so VERY deeply in love in the earlier books that I was a little surprised how long it took either of them to be expressive about it at ALL. I wasn't looking for a kiss or sonnet or anything right out of the shoot but they just seemed so formal with one another for so long. I was kind of thinking a heart felt "I missed you terribly" was a bit in order right away. The other thing is how Poppy was so deeply in love with Trace that she went into a deep mourning for him to an extent that her family boots her out, but when he shows up her first reaction is to be angry? hmmm.... not sure that would have been my first inclination. BUT! perhaps she had spent more time in the last 4 years being more angry at the loss of him more than sad at the loss of him. Ah well, a good read all in all and I appreciated the opportunity to read it. My, but this has turned into quite a long review....!
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  • Ballet in AK
    January 1, 1970
    Fall from Trace by Rebecca Connelly (5 stars)If torture isnt your thing, then give this one a pass. Granted, its not explicit, but the book deals with Trace, who has been tortured for the last 4 1/2-5 years. And the aftermath on his psyche. The years have not been easy on our heroine, either. Shes been cast off by her family and forced to become a woman farmer who barely scrapes by. Luckily, she has a very loyal and hard-working servant who showed up about 4 1/2 years ago....This story is Fall from Trace by Rebecca Connelly (5 stars)If torture isn’t your thing, then give this one a pass. Granted, it’s not explicit, but the book deals with Trace, who has been tortured for the last 4 1/2-5 years. And the aftermath on his psyche. The years have not been easy on our heroine, either. She’s been cast off by her family and forced to become a woman farmer who barely scrapes by. Luckily, she has a very loyal and hard-working servant who showed up about 4 1/2 years ago....This story is complex and full of angst, but not the kind of angst that a simple conversation can solve. Both characters have to heal before they can come together. *spoiler*When ‘Trace’ returns, it with a vengeance and is the point at which the character’s personality changes almost completely. (Realistic? I don’t know, but it makes for a great spy novel!) Many thanks to the author that he is given the chance to defeat his tormentor and that event stops his nightmares. This is so well written and gripping! I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, and although there are moments when I got characters mixed up with one another, it was still just fine as a stand-alone and was a real page-turner!*poor, **ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    This London League Series is one I have really enjoyed! Fall from Trace was not a disappointment. Crown spy Trace was presumed dead for nearly five years. In his wake he left his fellow spies saddened and his beloved Poppy Edgewood devastated. It seems poor Trace was deemed more valuable alive than dead on his captors ship so his existence there was inhumane, to put it kindly. The beaten and broken spy had just barely enough left in him to seize a moment of escape. Trace took himself to the This London League Series is one I have really enjoyed! ‘Fall from Trace’ was not a disappointment. Crown spy Trace was presumed dead for nearly five years. In his wake he left his fellow spies saddened and his beloved Poppy Edgewood devastated. It seems poor Trace was deemed more valuable alive than dead on his captor’s ship so his existence there was inhumane, to put it “kindly”. The beaten and broken spy had just barely enough left in him to seize a moment of escape. Trace took himself to the cottage farm of Poppy and her trusty helper, Stanton. It was not the rosy welcome one might expect. Both Trace and Poppy had much to endure and heal from.This adventure was like a rollercoaster of emotions for Poppy and Trace, as well as his fellow spies, and us readers. That was only half the plot though. Just about the time the ride was about to finish, the real action began, and it thrust us into a whole action-packed war of spies. I liked the ending! I am a fan of the London League and am happy to buy whatever adventure comes next for the Crown spies!
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! In fact I love this SERIES! Ive been looking forward to this addition to the series from the very first mention of Trace, hoping that one day we would get to read his story and its finally here 😁This book has all of the previous characters mentioned in It so I definitely recommend reading the books prior to this if you havent already. There are also a few new characters that are introduced in this one... which makes me think there is great potential for a spin-off series 😉 one I LOVED THIS BOOK! In fact I love this SERIES! I’ve been looking forward to this addition to the series from the very first mention of Trace, hoping that one day we would get to read his story and it’s finally here 😁This book has all of the previous characters mentioned in It so I definitely recommend reading the books prior to this if you haven’t already. There are also a few new characters that are introduced in this one... which makes me think there is great potential for a spin-off series 😉 one can hope, at any rate.Thankfully, there is at least one more book to come for this series! For some reason I thought this was the last and I was not loving that thought. At. All.Did I mention how much I love this book? Or this series? They really are awfully good. And I loved the opening acknowledgment 😆 this book fulfilled and exceeded my every expectation. I now want to go and read the series all over again!This is a clean, funny, exciting and action packed, Regency romance. You will love it!
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  • Holly Bleggi
    January 1, 1970
    I love Rebecca Connollys books and this one did not disappoint! I have loved reading the London League Series and who wouldnt when you have spies and them helping change the fate of England in the early 1800s. I am glad that we finally got Alexs, aka Trace, and Poppys story. Just considering how Alexs supposed death affected all the members of the League it was great to know he was really alive and to have him be reunited with the woman he loved. I loved how things werent smooth sailing for the I love Rebecca Connolly’s books and this one did not disappoint! I have loved reading the London League Series and who wouldn’t when you have spies and them helping change the fate of England in the early 1800s. I am glad that we finally got Alex’s, aka Trace, and Poppy’s story. Just considering how Alex’s supposed death affected all the members of the League it was great to know he was really alive and to have him be reunited with the woman he loved. I loved how things weren’t smooth sailing for the couple once he showed back up. They had to learn that they both had changed and love the person that they have changed into. It was a hard road and my heart broke some times for them but I am so glad that things worked out. I really love this series and highly recommend picking it up! Rebecca Connolly is a wonderful author and I will always buy her books without thinking twice about it!I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book! London League followers have been puzzling over Trace since Book 1, and knew things were getting CRAZY when Rook's story came out. But, MAN! From the picture on the cover, through every chapter, all the way to the hints for next book in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.I had to take a few breaks throughout because it is actually very intense. The descriptions from the author of what Alex (Trace) goes through during his time in captivity really make you feel anxious, I LOVED this book! London League followers have been puzzling over Trace since Book 1, and knew things were getting CRAZY when Rook's story came out. But, MAN! From the picture on the cover, through every chapter, all the way to the hints for next book in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.I had to take a few breaks throughout because it is actually very intense. The descriptions from the author of what Alex (Trace) goes through during his time in captivity really make you feel anxious, sad, horrified, and heartbroken. I loved that Rebecca Connolly gave us a book that wasn't smiles and roses off and on throughout the whole book-she didn't make light of the fact that Alex was a changed man who would need help. LOTS of help. And lots of time. And Poppy needed her own time to heal while going through her own emotional upheaval. I love that she didn't romanticize the homecoming or the healing process.All in all, I loved the book. LOVED the book. And will continue to recommend it to any and all.
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  • Anneke Bartschi
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting to read Traces story since his character was introduced and bits of information was given about him in past London League books. I have to admit, though, that I had anxiety and cried when reading about what Trace went through while he was a prisoner for 4 1/2 years. It was heartbreaking to read how it affected both him and Poppy. Without giving anything away, at first I did not like the way Trace faced his captors at the end of the story and thought it was a little I have been waiting to read Trace’s story since his character was introduced and bits of information was given about him in past London League books. I have to admit, though, that I had anxiety and cried when reading about what Trace went through while he was a prisoner for 4 1/2 years. It was heartbreaking to read how it affected both him and Poppy. Without giving anything away, at first I did not like the way Trace faced his captors at the end of the story and thought it was a little anti-climatic. After thinking about it though and letting it settle in my thoughts, it was just how it should have been and showed Trace’s strength as one of the best spies in London. I was surprised at the introduction of a new character towards the end of the story (unless my memory is bad and we’ve seen this character before). I can’t wait to see if a book is dedicated to her story!
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  • Megg
    January 1, 1970
    What an ending to the London League saga and who better to end with than Trace? Mentioned from the beginning as their lost brother-in-arms, I had hopes that he would make a dramatic return from the dead. This story had a little more angst and turmoil than some of the others due to the nature of what Trace suffered and his subsequent PTSD. But we see a return of the man he always was at the end, thanks in part to the woman he loves, Poppy, and his own inner strength. While The Lady and the Gent What an ending to the London League saga and who better to end with than Trace? Mentioned from the beginning as their lost brother-in-arms, I had hopes that he would make a dramatic return from the dead. This story had a little more angst and turmoil than some of the others due to the nature of what Trace suffered and his subsequent PTSD. But we see a return of the man he always was at the end, thanks in part to the woman he loves, Poppy, and his own inner strength. While The Lady and the Gent is still my favorite of the series, Fall From Trace I think comes in second. How could it not with the sweet and romantic ending the author gave us? I may need to revisit these soon and read through them all again now that we have some of the final puzzle pieces in place.
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  • GG
    January 1, 1970
    This is a character-driven action story. There is romance but it is secondary to Trace's recovery both physically and emotionally. Having read so much about Trace in previous books in the series, I looked forward to this book. His recovery was slow, consequently the book slowed down in the middle. That all changed in the latter quarter of the book and it became action packed. I could not relate to the horrors that Trace went through, but I could understand Poppy. So much of the time, she did not This is a character-driven action story. There is romance but it is secondary to Trace's recovery both physically and emotionally. Having read so much about Trace in previous books in the series, I looked forward to this book. His recovery was slow, consequently the book slowed down in the middle. That all changed in the latter quarter of the book and it became action packed. I could not relate to the horrors that Trace went through, but I could understand Poppy. So much of the time, she did not know if she was coming or going in her relationship with Trace. I am happy to say they did get a HEA.This is not a standalone book. There are multiple references and characters from the first 4 books. Not to mention breadcrumbs for the next in the series with Sphinx.
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